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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down
  And rest your gentle head upon her lap,
    And she will sing the song that pleaseth you
      And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep,
        Charming your brood with pleasing heaviness,
          Making such difference 'twixt wake and sleep
            As is the difference betwixt day and night
              The hour before the heavenly-harnessed team
                Begins his golden progress in the east.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Glendower at III, i)
        [Sleep : Sunrise : Twilight]

These signs have marked me extraordinary,
  And all the courses of my life do show
    I am not in the roll of common men.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Glendower at III, i) [Conceit]

Why, so can I, or so can any man;
  But will they come when you do call for them?
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at III, i) [Apparitions]

Shall I not take mine ease in mine inn but I shall have my pocket picked?
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at III, iii) [Inns]

Well, I'll repent, and that suddenly, while I am in some liking. I shall be out of heart shortly, and then I shall have no strength to repent.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at III, iii) [Repentance]

Why? She's neither fish nor flesh; a man knows not where to have her.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at III, iii) [Fish]

By God, I cannot flatter, I do defy
  The tongues of soothers! but a braver place
    In my heart's love hath no man than yourself.
      Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i) [Flattery]

Come, let us take a muster speedily.
  Doomsday is near. Die all, die merrily.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i) [Death]

I am on fire
  To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh,
    And yet not ours.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i) [Impatience]

I saw young Harry with his visor up.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Vernon at IV, i) [Proverbs]

Sick now? droop now? This sickness doth infect
  The very lifeblood of our enterprise.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i) [Sickness]

There is not such a word
  Spoke of in Scotland as this term of fear.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Douglas at IV, i) [Fear]

They come like sacrifices in their trim,
  And to the fire-eyed maid of smoky war
    All hot and bleeding will we offer them.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i) [War]

All furnished, all in arms;
  All plum'd like estridges that with the wind
    Bated like eagles having lately bathed;
      Glittering in golden coats like images;
        As full of spirit as the month of May
          And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer;
            Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Vernon at IV, ii)
        [May : Ostriches (Estridges)]

Tut, tut! good enough to toss; food for powder, food for powder. They'll fill a pit as well as better.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at IV, ii) [War]

Greatness knows itself.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, iii) [Honor]

He presently, as greatness knows itself,
  Steps me a little higher than his vow
    Made to my father, while his blood was poor,
      Upon the naked shore at Ravenspurgh;
        And now, forsooth, takes on him to reform
          Some certain edicts and some strait decrees
            That lie too heavy on the commonwealth;
              Cries out upon abuses, seems to weep
                Over his country's wrongs; and by this face,
                  This seeming brow of justice, did he win
                    The hearts of all that he did angle for;
                      Proceeded further--cut me off the heads
                        Of all the favorites that the absent king
                          In deputation left behind him here
                            When he was personal in the Irish war.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, iii) [Greatness]

And, being fed by us, you used us so
  As that ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird,
    Useth the sparrow--did oppress our nest; . . .
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Worcester at V, i) [Cuckoos]

For mine own part, I could be well content
  To entertain the lag-end of my life
    With quiet hours, for I do protest
      I have not sought the day of this dislike.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Worcester at V, i) [Contentment]

For my part, I may speak it to my shame,
  I have a truant been to chivalry;
    And so I hear he doth account me too.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Prince Henry at V, i) [Cowardice]

Hence, therefore, every leader to his charge;
  For, on their answer, will we set on them,
    And God befriend us as our cause is just!
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (King Henry at V, i) [Cause]

Then with the losers let it sympathize,
  For nothing can seem foul to those that win.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (King Henry at V, i) [Victory]

'Tis not due yet: I would be loath to pay him before his day. What need I be so forward with him that calls not on me? Well, 'tis no matter; honor pricks me on. Yea, but how if honor prick me off when I come on? How then? Can honor set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honor hath no skill in surgery them? No. What is honor? A word. What is that word honor? Air--a trim reckoning! Who hath it? He that died a Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. 'Tis insensible then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it. Therefore I'll none of it. Honor is a mere scutcheon--and so ends my catechism.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at V, i) [Honor]

I thank him that he cuts me from my tale,
  For I profess not talking. Only this--
    Let each man do his best; and here draw I
      A sword whose temper I intend to stain
        With the best blood that I can meet withal
          In the adventure of this perilous day.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at V, ii) [Action]

Look how we can, or sad or merrily,
  Interpretation will misquote our looks,
    And we shall feed like oxen at a stall,
      The better cherished still the nearer death.
      - King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Worcester at V, ii) [Death]


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