The Temple Shakespeare Volume 15

The Temple Shakespeare Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...thought! and more unlikely 151 Than to accomplish twenty golden crowns! Why, love forswore me in my mother's womb: And, for I should not deal in her soft laws, She did corrupt frail nature with some bribe, To shrink mine arm up like a wither'd shrub; To make an envious mountain on my back, Where sits deformity to mock my body; To shape my legs of an unequal size; To disproportion me in every part, 160 Like to a chaos, or an unlick'd bear-whelp That carries no impression like the dam. And am I then a man to be beloved? 0 monstrous fault, to harbour such a thought! Then, since this earth affords no joy to me, But to command, to check, to o'erbear such As are of better person than myself, 1 'll make my heaven to dream upon the crown, And, whiles I live, to account this world but hell, Until my mis-shaped trunk that bears this head 170 Be round impaled with a glorious crown. And yet I know not how to get the crown, For many lives stand between me and home: And I, --like one lost in a thorny wood, That rends the thorns and is rent with the thorns, Seeking a way and straying from the way; Not knowing how to find the open air, But toiling desperately to find it out, --Torment myself to catch the English crown: And from that torment I will free myself, 180 Or hew my way out with a bloody axe. Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile, And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart, And wet my cheeks with artificial tears, And frame my face to all occasions. 1 'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; I 'll slay more gazers than the basilisk; I 'll play the orator as well as Nestor, Deceive more slily than Ulysses could, And, like a Sinon, take another Troy. 190 I can add colours to the chameleon, Change shapes with Proteus for advantages, more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236821637
  • 9781236821638