William Shakespeare

  • From “King John,” Act V. Sc. 7.
    THIS England never did, nor never shall,
    Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror,*        *        *        *        *
    Come the three corners of the world in arms,
    And we shall shock them. Nought shall make us rue,
    If England to...

  • From “Antony and Cleopatra,” Act II. Sc. 2.
      ENOBARBUS.—The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
    Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
    Purple the sails, and so perfumèd that
    The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,
    Which to...

  • From “As You Like It,” Act II. Sc. 7.
                        ALL the world ’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His Acts being seven ages. At first the Infant...

  • From “Second Part of Henry IV.,” Act III. Sc. 1.
    KING HENRY.—How many thousand of my poorest subjects
    Are at this hour asleep!—O sleep! O gentle sleep!
    Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
    That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down,
    And steep my...

  • From “The Merchant of Venice,” Act V. Sc. 1.
      LORENZO.—How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
    Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
    Creep in our ears: soft stillness, and the night,
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.
    Sit, Jessica: look,...

  • From “King Henry Eighth,” Act III. Sc. 1.

    ORPHEUS, with his lute, made trees,
    And the mountain-tops that freeze,
      Bow themselves when he did sing;
    To his music plants and flowers
    Ever sprung, as sun and showers
      There had made a lasting Spring....

  • From “As You Like It,” Act II. Sc. 2.
      ADAM.—Let me be your servant;
    Though I look old, yet am I strong and lusty:
    For in my youth I never did apply
    Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood;
    Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
    The means of...

  • Sonnet Xii.
    when I do count the clock that tells the time,
    And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
    When I behold the violet past prime,
    And sable curls all silvered o’er with white;
    When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
    Which erst from heat...

  • From “The Tempest,” Act IV. Sc. 1.
    OUR revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
    Are melted into air, into thin air;
    And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,

  • From “The Tempest,” Act I. Sc. 2.
    COME unto these yellow sands,
        And then take hands;
    Court’sied when you have, and kissed.
        (The wild waves whist!)
    Foot it featly here and there;
    And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.