"O that this ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

O that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter!

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2, l. 129-32. "Canon" means the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill"; "solid" puns on "sullied," contaminated.