William Shakespeare Quotes
''A surfeit of the sweetest thingsWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lysander, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 2, sc. 2, l. 137-8. Finding he now hates his earlier love, Hermia.
The deepest loathing to the stomach brings.''
''Nothing in his lifeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Malcolm, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 4, l. 7-11 (1623). Referring to Cawdor.
Became him like the leaving it. He died
As one that had been studied in his death
To throw away the dearest thing he owed
As 'twere a careless trifle.''
''Pardon, goddess of the night,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. Much Ado about Nothing (V, iii). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
Those that slew thy virgin knight,
For the which, with songs of woe,
Round about her tomb they go.
Midnight, assist our moan;
Help us to sigh and groan,
Graves, yawn and yield your dead,
Till death be uttered,
Now unto thy bones good night!
Yearly will I do this rite.''
''Run, run, Orlando, carve on every treeWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 10. Unexpressive means inexpressible.
The fair, the chaste, and unexpressive she.''
''Old, cold, withered, and of intolerable entrails.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 5, sc. 5, l. 153-4. Page's description of Falstaff and his great belly.
''The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 396-400. Listing every kind of play, and then some.
scene individable, or poem unlimited.''
''Mark now how a plain tale shall put you down.''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Prince Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 254-5. Telling the true story to expose Falstaff's lies.
''Yet now farewell, and farewell life with thee!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Queen Margaret, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 3, sc. 2, l. 356. Bidding farewell to her banished lover.
''It was the lark, the herald of the morn,William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 5, l. 6-8. To Juliet; their wedding night has ended all too soon.
No nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks
Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.''
''How like a fawning publican he looks!''William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 41. Referring to Antonio as if he were a tax collector for the ancient Romans; an allusion to Luke 18: 10-14, where the publican looks down humbly in contrast to the Pharisee, showing that "everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
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A Fairy Song
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
What's in the brain that ink may character
Which hath not figured to thee my true spirit?
What's new to speak, what new to register,
That may express my love or thy dear merit?
Nothing, sweet boy; but yet, like prayers divine,
I must, each day say o'er the very same,
Counting no old thing old, thou mine, I thine,
Even as when first I hallow'd thy fair name.
So that eternal love in love's fresh case