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The Power of Imagination.

{SHAKESPEARE.) The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, Are of imagination all compact; One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; This is the madman. The lover, all as frantic. Sees Helen's beauty in the brow of Egypt. The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heav'n to earth, from earth to heav'n, And, as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shape, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.

Description of a Man swimming ashore.

I Saw him beat the surges under him,
And ride upon their backs: he trod the water,
Whose enmity he flung aside, and breasted
The surge most swol'n that met him; his bold head
'Bove the contentious waves he kept, and oar'd
Himself with his good arms in lusty strokes
To th' shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bow'd
As stooping to relieve him; I not doubt
He came alive to land.

The Vanity ^/'human Nature.

(SHAKESPEARE.) These our actors

(As I foretold you) were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
\ea all which it inherit, shall dissolve:
And, like this unsubstantial pageant, faded,
Leave not a wreck behind.

Concealed Love. (shakespeare.) She never told her love,

But let concealment, like a worm i' th' bud,

Feed on her damask cheek; she pin'd in thought;
And, with a green and yellow melancholy,
She sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief.


Aye, aye; and she hath offer'd to the doom,
{Which unrevers'd stands in effectual force,)
A sea of melting pearl, which some call tears:
Those at her father's churlish feet she tender'd,
With them, upon her knees, her humble self,
Wringing her hands, whose whiteness so became them,
As if but now they waxed pale for woe.
But neither bended knees, pure hands held up,
Sad sighs, deep groans, nor silver-shedding tears,
Could penetrate her uncompassionate sire.

Description of Cleopatra's sailing down the Cydntjs.


The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,

Burnt on the water; the poop was beaten gold,

Purple the sails, and so perfumed, that

The winds were love-sick with them: th' oars were silver,

Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made

The water, which they beat, to follow faster,

As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,

It beggar'd.all description; she did lie

In her pavilion, cloth of gold, of tissue,

O'er picturing that Venus, where we see

The fancy out-work nature. On each side her

Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,

With divers-colour'd fans, whose wind did seem

To glow the delicate cheeks, which they did cool,

And what they undid, did.


Her gentlewomen, like the Nereids,
So many mermaids, tended her i' th' eyes,
And made their bends adorings. At the helm,
A seeming mermaid steers; the silken tackles
Swell with the touches of those flow'r-soft hands,
That yarely frame the office. From the barge
A strange invisible perfume hits the sense.
On the adjacent wharfs the city cast • »

Her people out upon her; and Anthony,
Enthron'd i' th' market-place, did sit alone
Whistling'to th' air; which, but for vacancy,
Had gone to gaze on Cleopatra too,
And made a gap in nature.

Inborn Royalty.


-O, THOU goddess,

Thou divine nature! how thyself thou blazon'st
In these two princely boys: they are as gentle
As zephyrs blowing below the violet,
Not wagging his sweet head; and yet, as rough,
{Their royal blood enchaf'd) as the rudest wind,
That by the top doth take the mountain pine,
And make him stoop to the vale. "Tis Wonderful,
That an invisible instinct should frame them
To royalty unlearn'd, honour untaught,
Civility not seen from other; valour,
That wildly grows in them, but yields a crop,
As if it had been sow'd.

Real Grief.
Seems, Madam! nay, it is; I know not seems:
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mothei,
Nor customary .suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected 'haviour of the visage,
Together with all forms, moods, shews of grief,
That can denote me truly. These, indeed, seem,
For they are actions that a man might play;
But I have that within, which passeth shew;
These but the trappings, and the suits of woe.

A Father's Advice to his Son, going to travel,


Give thy thoughts no tongue, '.

Nor any unproportion'd thought his act:
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar;
The friends thou hast, and their adoption try'd,

Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel:

But do not dull tby palm with entertainment

Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware

Of entrance to a quarrel; but being in,

Bear't, that th' opposed may beware of thee.

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;

Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy:

For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be: ,

For loan oft loses both itself and friend;

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

This above all, to thine own self be true;

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Hamleto/? ^appearance C/twfather'sghost. (shakespeare.)

Angels and ministers of grace defend us!

Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin daiiin'd;

Bring with thee airs from'heav'n, or blasts from hell;

Be thy intents wicked or charitable,

Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,

That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet,

King, father, royal Dane; Oh, answer me,

Let me not burst in ignorance; but tell

Why thy canoniz'd bones, hearsed in death,

Have burst their cearments! why the sepulchre,

Wherein we saw thee quietly in-urn'd,

Hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws,

To cast thee up again? What may this mean,

That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel,

Revisit 'st thus the glimpses of the moon,

Making night hideous? And us fools of nature

So horribly to shake our disposition

With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?

Hamlet's Solili Quyow Death.
To be, or not to be? that is the question;—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mmd to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,


Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? To die,—to sleep,—

No more; and by a sleep, to say, we end

The heart-acb, and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to; 'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd. To die,—to sleep ;—

To sleep; perchance to dream: aye, there's the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off thtsmortal coil,

Must give us pause;—there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life.

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,

The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,

The insolence of office, and the spurns

The patient merit of th' unworthy takes,

When be himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin } Who would fardels bear,

To groan and sweat under a weary life?

But that the dread of something after death,

(That undiscovered country, from whose bourne

No traveller returns) puzzles the will,

And makes us rather bear those ills we have,

Than fly to others that we know not of.

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all:

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;

And enterprizes of great pith and moment,

Wkh this regard, their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.

Cato's Sol-uoqtyoh the Immortality oftheSovi.

It must be so—Plato, thou reason'st well-
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
This longing after immortality?
Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
Of falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul
Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
Tig Heav'n itself that points out an hereafter,
And intimates eternity to man.
Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought!
Through what variety of untry'd being,

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