Miles Coverdale (manos74) wrote,
Miles Coverdale

Links and memes, memes and links, that's what I'm here for. (oh, and political blathering, too)

Stolen from many:
When you see a Shakespeare quote in a journal, post one in yours.

O, for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest Heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then, should the warlike Harry, like himself
Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels,
Leashed in like hounds, should famine,
Sword, and fire crouch for employment.
But pardon, gentles all, the flat unraised spirits
That have dared on this unworthy scaffold
To bring forth so great an object. Can this cock-pit
Hold the vasty fields of France? Or may we cram,
Within this wooden O, the very casques
That did affright the field at Agincourt?
O pardon! Since a crooked figure
May attest in little place a million,
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose, within the girdle of these walls,
Are now confined two mighty monarchies,
Whose high upreared and abutting fronts,
The perilous narrow ocean parts asunder.
Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts,
Into a thousand parts divide one man,
And make imaginary puissance. Think
When we talk of horses, that you see them,
Printing their proud hooves i' the receiving earth.
For 'tis your thoughts that must now deck our kings,
Carry them here and there, jumping o'er times,
And turning the accomplishments of many years
Into an hour-glass. For the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history,
Who, Prologue-like, your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.

--Henry V, Prologue

(...and not to toot my own horn, but I did that entirely from memory, which may explain why the line breaks might not be in the correct spots.)
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