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" O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars ; and at his heels, Leash'd... "
The Plays - Page 297
by William Shakespeare - 1824
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Tempest. Two gentlemen of Verona. Merry wives of Windsor. Measure for ...

William Shakespeare - 1875 - 584 pages
...it/iff, an hostess. Lords, Ladies, Officers, French and English Soldiers, Messengers, and Attendants. CHORUS. O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...himself, Assume the port of Mars ; and, at his heels, [fire, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles...
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Henry the Fifth: A Historical Play, in Five Acts

William Shakespeare - 1875 - 114 pages
...THE FIFTH. ACT I. SCENE I. — Clouds. RUMOB, as CHOKUS, discoosred, c., on cloud bank. RBMOH. Oh ! for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...himself, Assume the port of Mars ; and, at his heels, Leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire, Crouch for employment. " But pardon, gentles,...
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Publications

New Shakspere Society - 1875 - 720 pages
...We find the first trace of Shakspere's Holinshed reading in the Prologue to Act I, 11. 5 — 8 :— "Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume...should famine, sword, and fire, Crouch for employment." From the Chronicles'1 we learn how, when Henry was beleaguering Rouen in 1419,3 certain Rouen orator...
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Poetical Quotations from Chaucer to Tennyson: With Copious Indexes ...

Samuel Austin Allibone - Quotations, English - 1875 - 794 pages
...And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances. SHAKSPEARE. IO 0 for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene. SHAKSPEARE. So to repel the Vandals of the stage, Our vet'ran bard resumes his tragic rage ; He throws...
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Histories

William Shakespeare - 1876 - 610 pages
...there is scarcely a speech, from the first scene to the lust, which is not elaborated. KING HENRY Y. CHORUS. O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling sceiie ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, ^Assume the port of Mars ; and, at his heels,...
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The Sweet Silvery Sayings of Shakespeare on the Softer Sex

William Shakespeare - Women in literature - 1877 - 380 pages
...a fantasy and trick of fame, Go to their graves like beds ; " and in the prologue to Henry V. : — "Then should the warlike Harry like himself Assume...should famine, sword, and fire Crouch for employment." Rubens, if he had painted it, would not have improved upon this simile. It is time for women to interfere,...
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Burke, Select Works: Four letters on the proposals for peace with the ...

Edmund Burke - Political science - 1878 - 442 pages
...of war — famine, fe ver, &c. Burke has freely used the opening lines of Shakespeare's Henry V: ' O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...should famine, sword, and fire, Crouch for employment.' Burke evidently assumed that the passage was well-known to his readers. NOTES. 371 P. 164, 1. 26. '...
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Henry V

William Shakespeare - Biography & Autobiography - 1998 - 356 pages
...French noblemen at Agincourt The Life of Henry the Fifth Prologue Enter Chorus as Prologue CHORUS 0 for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...scene. Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, 5 Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels, The Life of Henry the Fifth] F ititle-page and running...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 686 pages
...that thought. 10253 Henry IV, Part 2 Commit The oldest sins the newest kind of ways. 10254 Hen ry V hat g 10255 Henry V I dare not fight: but I will wink and hold out mine iron. 10256 Henry V Once more unto...
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Shakespeare: The Evidence: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Man and His Work

Ian Wilson - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 564 pages
...performed. As if a magician, in Henry v's opening lines, the Chorus/Shakespeare invokes unearthly powers: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars . . . Then, characteristically, he pleads his own and his theatre's unworthiness. With something of...
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