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Which once," quoth Forrest, "almost changed my
But, O, the devil”—their the villain stopp'd;
I have learn'd that fearful commenting
Delay leads impotent and snail-pac'd beggary:
Queen Margaret's Upbraidings of Queen Elizabeth.
I call'd thee then vain flourish of my fortune;
Where is thy husband now? where be thy brothers?
Decline all this, and see what now thou art.
Character of King Richard by his Mother.
Tetchy and wayward was thy infancy;
Thy school-days frightful, desperate, wild, and furious; Thy prime of manhood daring, bold, and venturous : Thy age confirm'd, proud, subtle, sly, and bloody.
Richmond's Address to his Army before the Battle of Bosworth Field.
Fellows in arms, and my most loving friends, Bruis'd underneath the yoke of tyranny,
Thus far into the bowels of the land
Have we march'd on without impediment;
That spoil'd your summer fields and fruitful vines,
* Touchy, fretful.
Lies now even in the centre of this isle,
By this one bloody trial of sharp war.
True hope is swift, and flies with swallows wings, Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
The silent hours steal on,
And flaky darkness breaks within the east.
Richmond's Prayer before the Battle.
O Thou, whose captain I account myself,
Richard Starting out of his Dream.
Give me another horse,—bind up my wounds,—— Have mercy, Jesu!-Soft; I did but dream.O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me! The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight. Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
Conscience is but a word that cowards use, Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe.
Richard's Address before the Battle.
A thousand hearts are great within my bosom:
Richard's Desperation on the Battlefield.
KING HENRY VIII.
In this play is recorded the fall of Cardinal Wolsey, who, full of anguish at losing the favour of the king, retires to Leicester Abbey, where he expires. The dying moments of Katharine, wife of the king, are depicted, and the union of the king with Anne Bullen. The christening of the Princess Elizabeth (afterwards Queen Elizabeth) concludes the play, an eloquent prophecy as to her future greatness being delivered by Archbishop Cranmer. In speaking of Shakspere's historical plays, Dr. Johnson pronounces the two parts of Henry the Fourth and Henry the Fifth to possess the greatest excellence; and "King John, Richard the Third, and Henry the Eighth, deservedly stand in the second class."
To climb steep hills,
Requires slow pace at first: Anger is like
Action to be carried on with Resolution.
If I am traduced by tongues which neither know My faculties nor person, yet will be
The chronicles of my doing,-let me say,
'Tis but the fate of place, and the rough brake*
That virtue must go through.
Our necessary actions in the fear
We must not stint +
To cope malicious censurers: which ever
That is new trimm'd; but benefit no further
For our best act. If we shall stand still,
In fear our motion will be mock'd or carp'd at,
Though they be never so ridiculous,
Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are followed.
* A thicket of thorns. § Sometimes.