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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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Within this wall of flesh
  There is a soul counts thee her creditor,
    And with advantage means to pay thy love;
      And, my good friend, thy voluntary oath
        Lives in this bosom, dearly cherished.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at III, iii) [Soul]

A sceptre snatched with an unruly hand
  Must be as boisterously maintained as gained,
    And he that stands upon a slippery place
      Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Pandulph at III, iv) [Help]

And, Father Cardinal, I have heard you say
  That we shall see and know our friends in heaven.
    If that be true, I shall see my boy again,
      For since the birth of Cain, the first male child,
        To him that did but yesterday suspire,
          There was not such a gracious creature born.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Heaven]

Before the curing of a strong disease,
  Even in the instant of repair and health,
    The fit is strongest. Evils that take leave,
      On their departure most of all show evil.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Pandulph at III, iv) [Disease]

Bind up those tresses. O, what love I note
  In the fair multitude of those her hairs!
    Where but by chance a silver drop hath fallen,
      Even to that drop ten thousand wiry friends
        Do glue themselves in sociable grief,
          Like true, inseparable, faithful loves,
            Sticking together in calamity.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King Philip at III, iv) [Hair]

But now will canker sorrow eat my bud
  And chase the native beauty from his cheek,
    And he will look as hollow as a ghost,
      As dim and meagre as an ague's fit,
        And so he'll die; and rising so again,
          When I shall meet him in the court of heaven
            I shall not know him.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Meeting]

Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
  Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
    Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
      Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
        Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.
          Then have I reason to be fond of grief.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Grief]

I am not mad. I would to heaven I were,
  For then 'tis like I should forget myself.
    O, if I could, what grief should I forget!
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Grief : Insanity]

If but a dozen French
  Were there in arms, they would be as a call
    To train ten thousand English to their side,
      Or as a little snow, tumbled about,
        Anon becomes a mountain.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Pandulph at III, iv) [Snow]

If you had won it, certainly you had.
  No, no; when fortune means to men most good,
    She looks upon them with a threat'ning eye.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Pandulph at III, iv) [Fortune]

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale,
  Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man,
    And bitter shame hath spoiled the sweet world's taste,
      That it yields nought but shame and bitterness.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Lewis at III, iv) [Life : Proverbs]

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Lewis at III, iv) [Life : Proverbs]

No, I defy all counsel, all redress,
  But that which ends all counsel, true redress,
    Death, death. O, amiable, lovely death!
      Thou odoriferous stench! Sound rottenness!
        Arise forth from the couch of lasting light,
          Thou hate and terror to prosperity,
            And I will kill thy detestable bones,
              And put my eyeballs in thy vaulty brows,
                And ring these fingers with thy household worms,
                  And stop this gap of breath with fulsome dust,
                    And be a carrion monster like thyself.
                      Come, grin on me, and I will think thou smil'st
                        And buss thee as thy wife! Miesery's love,
                          O, come to me!
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Death]

O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son!
  My life, my joy, my food, my all the world!
    My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure!
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Childhood]

O that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth!
  Then with passion would I shake the world,
    And rouse from sleep that fell anatomy
      Which cannot hear a lady's feeble voice,
        Which scorns a modern invocation.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv) [Passion]

Strong reasons make strange actions.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Lewis at III, iv) [Reason]

Look, who comes here! A grave unto a soul,
  Holding th' eternal spirit, against her will,
    In the vile prison of afflicted breath.
      - The Life and Death of King John (III,iv)
        [Sorrow]

Have you the heart? When your head did but ache,
  I knit my handkercher about your brows--
    The best I had, a princess wrought it me--
      And I did never ask it you again;
        And with my hand at midnight held your head,
          And like the watchful minutes to the hour,
            Still and anon cheered up the heavy time,
              Saying, 'What lack you?' and 'Where lies your grief?'
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Arthur at IV, i) [Kindness]

And, oftentimes, excusing of a fault,
  Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Pembroke at IV, ii) [Proverbs]

Another lean unwashed artificer
  Cuts off his tale and talks of Arthur's death.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Hubert at IV, ii) [Work]

But that your royal pleasure must be done,
  This act is as an ancient tale new told,
    And in the last repeating troublesome,
      Being urged at a time unreasonable.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Pembroke at IV, ii) [Gossip]

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds
  Makes ill deeds done.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at IV, ii) [Proverbs]

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds
  Makes deeds ill done!
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at IV, ii) [Temptation]

I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,
  The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool,
    With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news;
      Who, with his shears and measure in his hand,
        Standing on slippers, which his nimble haste
          Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet,
            Told of a many thousand warlike French,
              That were embattailed and ranked in Kent.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Hubert at IV, ii) [Blacksmithing]

My lord, they say five moons were seen to-night--
  Four fixed, and the fifth did whirl about
    The other four in wondrous motion.
      - The Life and Death of King John
         (Hubert at IV, ii) [Astronomy]


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