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'Tis the strumpet's plague
To beguile many, and be beguiled by one.
They laugh that win.
Act IV. Scene I.
She might lie by an emperor's side, and command
Alas! to make me
A fixed figure, for the time of scorn
To point his slow unmoving finger at.
Act IV. Scene 2.
O, heaven, that such companions thou'dst unfold;
To lash the rascals naked through the world!
I have done the state some service, and they know it,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am, nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice. Then must you speak
Of one, that lov'd not wisely, but too well;
Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose subdu'd eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows.
He that dies, pays all debts.
Our revels now are ended: These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air :
Leave not a rack behind.*
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on,† and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I;‡
In a cowslip's bell I lie ;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly,
After summer, merrily:
*Few extracts from Shakspere are more frequently quoted than these lines, addressed by Prospero to Ferdinand at the end of the Masque in the fourth Act, and it is very unusual to find the quotation correctly given. Almost invariably, when using it, the speaker or writer says
And like the baseless fabric of a vision,
thus confounding the first part of the speech with the conclusion. Some commentators have adopted the word wreck, but rack is now almost universally acknowledged as the true text. The word is intended to convey the idea of a small fleeting cloud. Curiously enough, on Shakspere's monument in Westminster Abbey, the quotation is given incorrectly, as above quoted; and in the wellknown schoolbook, Enfield's Speaker, the same blunder is made.
+ As dreams are made of, is the reading adopted in many editions; it is thus given in Chalmers' 8 vol. edition. Collier and Knight, however, and nearly all recent authorities, use the word on.
Often incorrectly quoted, "There lurk I."
Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues; Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.
We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do,
honest too. yet
They say, there is divinity in odd numbers, either
in nativity, chance, or death.
Act v. Scene I.
If music be the food of love, play on,
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south,*
Stealing, and giving odour.
Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there
shall be no more cakes and ale?
Let still the woman take
An elder than herself; so wears she to him,
She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
* Mr. Knight's reading, is the “sweet sound," which was the term used in the early editions. The general reading, however, is that, above given.