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" This many summers in a sea of glory; But far beyond my depth : my high-blown pride At length broke under me ; and now has left me, Weary and old with service, to the mercy Of a rude stream, that must forever hide me. Vain pomp and glory of this world,... "
King Henry VIII. Coriolanus - Page 88
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 2001 - 361 pages
...give the Cardinal a measure of tragic stature, as does his sudden self-awareness and vulnerability: My high-blown pride At length broke under me, and...me. Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye! (Ill, ii, 361-365) How much of this conversion is legitimate or the expression of a defeated power-broker...
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Shakespeare: la invención de lo humano

Harold Bloom - Characters and characteristics in literature - 2001 - 734 pages
.../And then he falls as I do. I have ventur'd / Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders, /This many summers in a sea of glory, / But far beyond my...service, to the mercy / Of a rude stream that must forever hide me. / Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye; / I feel my heart new open'd. O how...
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Shakespeare: The Golfer's Companion

Syd Pritchard - Humor - 2005 - 147 pages
...[Troilus and Cressida I ii 310] / have ventur'd, Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders This many summers in a sea of glory; But far beyond my...broke under me, And now has left me, Weary and old to the mercy, Of a rude stream that must for ever hide me The surprising under achiever Th' expectancy...
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Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth

Steven G. Kellman - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 371 pages
...VIII (III, ii, 363-64) — a self-pitying soliloquy in which Cardinal Wolsey describes himself as left "Weary and old with service, to the mercy / Of a rude stream that must for ever hide me" — announces the theme: senescence. This would be just the first installment of Mercy of a Rude Stream....
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Male Friendship in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Thomas MacFaul - Literary Criticism - 2007
...wonderfully depicted in his earlier soliloquy: I have ventur'd, Like wanton boys that swim on bladders, This many summers in a sea of glory, But far beyond my...mercy Of a rude stream that must for ever hide me. (lines 358—64) That these lines may be by Fletcher rather than Shakespeare only goes to show that...
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Henry VIII

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 352 pages
...root, And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured, Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders, This many summers in a sea of glory, But far beyond my depth. My high-blown pride 430 At length broke under me and now has left me, Weary and old with service, to the mercy Of a rude...
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Shakespeare: Essays aus Ungarn ; ausgewählt, übertragen und mit Anmerkungen ...

András Horn - 2008 - 208 pages
...root, And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured, Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders, This many summers in a sea of glory, But far beyond my...depth; my high-blown pride At length broke under me [. . .] Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye! (III, 2, 352-363, 366) 56 You have done a brave...
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