Choice thoughts from Shakspere, by the author of The book of familiar quotations. by William ShakespeareGeneral Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1861 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: May violets spring -- I tell thee, churlish priest, A ministring angel shall my sister be, When thou liest howling. Melancholy. This is mere madness; And thus a while the fit will work on him: Anon, as patient as the female dove, When that her golden couplets are disclosed, His silence will sit drooping. Providence directs our Actions. Theres a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will. 000 JULIUS CAESAR. Brutus and Cassius, noble Romans, envious of the popularity of Caesar, conspire with Casca, Decius, and others to assassinate him. Caesar is warned by his wife Calphurnia and a soothsayer against attending the Capitol; he however disregards their admonitions, and is killed by the conspirators at the foot of Pompeys statue. In the commotion which ensues Brutus harangues the citizens, and wins them over to his side, but Mark Antony (called in the play Marcus Antonius), who is a strong adherent of Caesars, afterwards addresses the populace, and excites in them a desire to avenge the death of Cassar. Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus, march with an army against Brutus and Cassius, who have fled from Rome and await with their forces the attack of Antony and his confederates. A quarrel ensues between Brutus and Cassius in the tent of the former, prior to the battle which is to decide their fates; their differences, however, are soon healed, and they meet the hostile army at Philippi where they are defeated, and, rather than fall into the hands of their foes, kill themselves. Portia, thewife of Brutus, has, prior to this period, ended her life by poison. An eloquent t...
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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One of the early comedies of Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream can be suitably called as a 'wedding play', as it presents an atmosphere of wedding celebration. There is a complex interlocking of plots as the play features the adventures of two young Athenian couples who come to the woods as a part of their plan to elope from their houses. Rich with supernatural elements and creative imagination, the play gives lyrical expressions to themes like love, dream, and blessings of nature on mankind - all in a lighter vein. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.