Richard III

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 2

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RICHARD

But shall I live in hope?

RICHARD

But can I have some hope?

ANNE

205All men I hope live so.

ANNE

I’d like to think all men have some hope.

RICHARD

Vouchsafe to wear this ring.

RICHARD

Please wear this ring.

ANNE

To take is not to give.

ANNE

I’ll take the ring, but don’t assume I’m giving you anything in return.
He places the ring on her finger
He places the ring on her finger.

RICHARD

Look, how this ring encompasseth finger;
Even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart.
210Wear both of them, for both of them are thine.
And if thy poor devoted servant may
But beg one favor at thy gracious hand,
Thou dost confirm his happiness forever.

RICHARD

See how my ring encircles your finger? That’s how your heart embraces my poor heart. Wear both the ring and my heart, because both are yours. And if I, your poor devoted servant, may ask you for one small favor, you will guarantee my happiness forever.

ANNE

What is it?

ANNE

What’s that?

RICHARD

215That it would please you leave these sad designs
To him that hath more cause to be a mourner,
And presently repair to Crosby House,
Where, after I have solemnly interred
At Chertsey monast'ry this noble king
220And wet his grave with my repentant tears,
I will with all expedient duty see you.
For divers unknown reasons, I beseech you,
Grant me this boon.

RICHARD

Please leave it to me to take care of the burial, as I have more reason to mourn than you do. Meanwhile go to my estate at Crosby Place. After I have performed the solemn burial rites for this noble king at Chertsey monastery and cried with regret at his grave, I’ll hurry to meet you. For various reasons that must remain secret, please do this for me.

ANNE

With all my heart, and much it joys me too
225To see you are become so penitent.—
Tressel and Berkeley, go along with me.

ANNE

I’ll do it with all my heart. I’m happy to see you’ve come to repent for what you’ve done. Tressel and Berkeley, come with me.

RICHARD

Bid me farewell.

RICHARD

Say goodbye to me.