Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Mean and gentle all
Behold, as may unworthiness define,
A little touch of Harry in the night.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Chorus, in Henry V, act 4, prologue, l. 45-7.
High and low ("mean and gentle") alike are influenced by the King's personality (the familiar "Harry," not Henry); the Chorus apologizes for his "unworthiness" in attempting to describe it.