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  • Title: Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)
  • Editor: Adrian Kiernander

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Adrian Kiernander
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    Richard the Third (Quarto 1, 1597)

    of Richard the third.
    1670Prin. And if I liue vntill I be a man,
    Ile winne our auncient right in France againe,
    Or die a souldier as I liude a King.
    Glo. Short summers lightly haue a forward spring.
    Enter young Yorke, Hastings, Cardinall.
    1675Buc. Now in good time here comes the Duke of Yorke.
    Pri. Rich. of Yorke how fares our louing brother?
    Yor. Well my dread Lo: so must I call you now.
    1680Pri. I brother to our griefe as it is yours:
    Too late he died that might haue kept that title,
    Which by his death hath lost much maiesty.
    Glo. How fares our Cosen noble Lo: of Yorke?
    Yor. I thanke you gentle Vnckle. O my Lo:
    1685You said that idle weedes are fast in growth:
    The Prince my brother hath outgrowen me farre.
    Glo. He hath my Lo:
    Yor. And therfore is he idle?
    Glo. Oh my faire Cosen, I must not say so.
    1690Yor. Then he is more beholding to you then I.
    Glo. He may command me as my soueraigne,
    But you haue power in me as in a kinseman.
    Yor. I pray you Vnckle giue me this dagger.
    Glo. My dagger little Cosen, withall my heart.
    1695Pri. A begger brother?
    Yor. Of my kind Vnckle that I know will giue,
    And being but a toy, which is no griefe to giue.
    Glo. A greater gift then that, Ile giue my Cosen.
    Yor. A greater gift, O thats the sword to it.
    1700Glo. I gentle Cosen, were it light enough.
    Yor. O then I see you will part but with light gifts,
    In weightier things youle say a begger nay.
    Glo. It is too heauy for your Grace to weare.
    Yor. I weigh it lightly were it heauier.
    1705Glo. What would you haue my weapon little Lord?
    Yor. I would, that I might thanke you as you call me.
    Glo. How? Yor. Little.
    1710Pri. My Lo: of Yorke will still be crosse in talke:
    Vnckle your grace knowes how to beare with him.
    F2 Yor.