Love’s Labour’s Lost

— Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,Live register’d upon our brazen tombs,And then grace us in the disgrace of death;When, spite of cormorant devouring time,The endeavour of this present breath may buyThat honour which shall bate his scythe’s keen edge,And make us heirs of all eternity.Therefore, brave conquerors, —for so you are,That war against your own affections,And the huge army of the world’s desires, —Our late edict shal strongly stand in force:Navarre shall be the wonder of the world.Our court shall be a little Academe,Still and contemplative in living art. — The mind shall banquet though the…

Love’s Labour’s Lost

— Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,Live register’d upon our brazen tombs,And then grace us in the disgrace of death;When, spite of cormorant devouring time,The endeavour of this present breath may buyThat honour which shall bate his scythe’s keen edge,And make us heirs of all eternity.Therefore, brave conquerors, —for so you are,That war against your own affections,And the huge army of the world’s desires, —Our late edict shal strongly stand in force:Navarre shall be the wonder of the world.Our court shall be a little Academe,Still and contemplative in living art. — The mind shall banquet though the…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

— Ah me! for aught that ever I could read,Could ever hear by tale or history,The course of true love never did run smooth: — War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,Making it momentary as a sound,Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;Brief as the lightning in the collied nightThat, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earthAnd ere a man hath power to say, Behold!The jaws of darkness do devour it up:So quick bright things come to confusion. — And by that fire which burn’d the Carthage queen,When the false Trojan under sail was seen,—By all…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

— Ah me! for aught that ever I could read,Could ever hear by tale or history,The course of true love never did run smooth: — War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it,Making it momentary as a sound,Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;Brief as the lightning in the collied nightThat, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earthAnd ere a man hath power to say, Behold!The jaws of darkness do devour it up:So quick bright things come to confusion. — And by that fire which burn’d the Carthage queen,When the false Trojan under sail was seen,—By all…

Much Ado About Nothing

— I looked upon her with a soldier’s eye,That liked, but had a rougher task in handthan to drive liking to the name of love:But now I am return’d, and that war-thoughtsHave left their places vacant, in their roomsCome thronging soft and delicate desires — Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humor? No: the world must be peopled. — I will requite thee;Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand — He hath a heart as sound as a bell. — Could she here denyThe story that…

Much Ado About Nothing

— I looked upon her with a soldier’s eye,That liked, but had a rougher task in handthan to drive liking to the name of love:But now I am return’d, and that war-thoughtsHave left their places vacant, in their roomsCome thronging soft and delicate desires — Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humor? No: the world must be peopled. — I will requite thee;Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand — He hath a heart as sound as a bell. — Could she here denyThe story that…

Measure for Measure

— Elected him our absence to supply;Lent him our terror, drest him with our love — Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us all!Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall:Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none;And some condemned for a fault alone. — For every pelting petty officerWould use his heaven for thunder: nothing but thunder. —Merciful heaven!Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt,Splitt’st the unwedgeable and gnarled oakThan the soft myrtle; — but man, proud man!Dress’d in a little brief authority, —Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,His glassy essence — Go to your…

Measure for Measure

— Elected him our absence to supply;Lent him our terror, drest him with our love — Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us all!Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall:Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none;And some condemned for a fault alone. — For every pelting petty officerWould use his heaven for thunder: nothing but thunder. —Merciful heaven!Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt,Splitt’st the unwedgeable and gnarled oakThan the soft myrtle; — but man, proud man!Dress’d in a little brief authority, —Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,His glassy essence — Go to your…

Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will

— Confine? I’ll confine myself no finer than I am. — If you be not mad, be gone; if you have reason, be brief. — Lady, you be the cruelest she aliveIf you will lead these graces to the grave,And leave the world no copy. — Make me a willow cabin at your gate,And call upon my soul within the house;Write loyal cantons of contemmned love,And sing them loud, even in the dead of night;Holla your name to the reverberate hills,And make the babbling gossip of the airCry out, Olivia! — For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit;But wise…

Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will

— Confine? I’ll confine myself no finer than I am. — If you be not mad, be gone; if you have reason, be brief. — Lady, you be the cruelest she aliveIf you will lead these graces to the grave,And leave the world no copy. — Make me a willow cabin at your gate,And call upon my soul within the house;Write loyal cantons of contemmned love,And sing them loud, even in the dead of night;Holla your name to the reverberate hills,And make the babbling gossip of the airCry out, Olivia! — For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit;But wise…

Two Gentlemen of Verona

— Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her.Val. Why?Speed. Because love is blind. — Speed. How now, sir? what are you reasoning?Val. Nay, I was rhyming: ’tis you that have the reason. — Or fearing else some messenger that might her mind discover,Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto her lover– — Ay, but hearken, sir; though the chameleon Love can feed on air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals. — Jul. If you turn not you will return the sooner:Keep this remembrance for your Julia’s sake. (Giving a ring.) — So true…

Two Gentlemen of Verona

— Speed. If you love her, you cannot see her.Val. Why?Speed. Because love is blind. — Speed. How now, sir? what are you reasoning?Val. Nay, I was rhyming: ’tis you that have the reason. — Or fearing else some messenger that might her mind discover,Herself hath taught her love himself to write unto her lover– — Ay, but hearken, sir; though the chameleon Love can feed on air, I am one that am nourished by my victuals. — Jul. If you turn not you will return the sooner:Keep this remembrance for your Julia’s sake. (Giving a ring.) — So true…

The Tempest

Finally found a Collected Shakespeare I love, and thus have set forth to read the whole thing cover to cover. For whatever reason it starts with The Tempest. Bits from The Tempest I love: Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes;Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange. — I am the best of them that speak this speech,Were I but where tis spoken. — And, like the baseless fabric of this visionThe cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,The solemn temples, the great globe itself,Yea,…

The Tempest

Finally found a Collected Shakespeare I love, and thus have set forth to read the whole thing cover to cover. For whatever reason it starts with The Tempest. Bits from The Tempest I love: Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes;Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange. — I am the best of them that speak this speech,Were I but where tis spoken. — And, like the baseless fabric of this visionThe cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,The solemn temples, the great globe itself,Yea,…