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" Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event, A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward, I do not know Why yet I live to say, This thing's to do ; Sith I have... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare : Accurately Printed from the Text of the ... - Page 235
by William Shakespeare - 1805
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Shakespeare: Hamlet

Paul A. Cantor - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 101 pages
...inspiration from the Norwegian's example. but cannot help seeing through the illusion of his greatness: Examples gross as earth exhort me: Witness this army...tender prince. Whose spirit with divine ambition puffd. Makes mouths at the invisible event. Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune. death....
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...Of thinking too precisely on th'event A thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom, 10 20 40 And ever three parts coward — I do not know Why...and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...
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Shakespeare's Tragic Sequence

Kenneth Muir - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 207 pages
...commands. whether it be Bestial oblivion or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th'event — A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom...not know Why yet I live to say 'This thing's to do'. (IV.iv.39-44) Oblivion it obviously is not; ordinary cowardice it cannot be; but it may be, as Coleridge...
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Style: Essays on Renaissance and Restoration Literature and Culture in ...

Harriett Hawkins - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 296 pages
...stark, simple language, in contrast to the more elaborate diction and syntax of the earlier passages: "I do not know/ Why yet I live to say, This thing's...cause, and will, and strength, and means/ To do't." Then comes another distinct "turn" to the "examples" that "exhort" him, which leads to a description...
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Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Irving Ribner - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 224 pages
...manner of the avenger, but the delay is not for want of strength or opportunity, as Hamlet tells us: I do not know Why yet I live to say 'This thing's...have cause and will and strength and means To do't. (IV.iv.43-46) What Hamlet does not know is that his strength and opportunity are of no avail so long...
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Shakespeare's Early Tragedies

Nicholas Brooke - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 232 pages
...6-9) This both echoes, and comments on, the last soliloquy, when he had encountered Fortinbras' army: I do not know Why yet I live to say 'This thing's...cause, and will, and strength, and means, To do't. ending O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth ! (IV. iv. 43-66) 'Cause'...
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Augustine and Literature

Robert Peter Kennedy, Kim Paffenroth, John Doody - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 414 pages
...Now whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th'event — A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom...cause, and will, and strength, and means To do't. (39^6) In this soliloquy Hamlet contrasts his failure to take action with Fortinbras's ready willingness...
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Looking for Hamlet

Marvin W. Hunt - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 256 pages
...Bestial oblivion or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th' event (A thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward)...and tender prince Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed Makes mouths at the invisible event Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...
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