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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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English Court Theatre, 1558-1642

John Astington - History - 1999 - 312 pages
...at other royal houses, like Oatlands, about which the Works accounts are silent. 74 3 Royal Theatres O. for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! But pardon, gentles all, The flat unraised spirits that hath dared On this unworthy scaffold 10 bring...
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DocBook: The Definitive Guide

Norman Walsh, Leonard Muellner - Computers - 1999 - 662 pages
...a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! </literallayout> < /blockquote> O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! — William Shakespeare, Henry V For additional examples, see also Part. — A list of the titles of...
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Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre

Robert Weimann - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 324 pages
...stirring confidence in the dramatic powers of "invention" to serve and inspire the play's opening: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...should famine, sword, and fire Crouch for employment. (1-8) To appropriate "A kingdom for a stage" with the help of imaginative "invention" seems a task...
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Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield

Harvey C. Mansfield (Jr.) - Philosophy - 2000 - 362 pages
...choral interludes, beginning with the prologue, which sounds like a Homeric invocation of the muse: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars. (Prol.1-6) Shakespeare repeatedly presents military greatness in Henry V in terms of precedents from...
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Philosophical Shakespeares

John J. Joughin - Drama - 2000 - 148 pages
...nothing figured as zero which informs the conceit of the Prologue to Henry V. The opening peroration: 'O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest...act / And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!' (Prologue, 1—4) is followed by an apology for the 'flat unraised spirits' of the actors and 'unworthy...
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Henry V. EG: The Shakespeare Folios

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 272 pages
...Henry V a parallel text The Life of Henry the Fift The Life of HENRY V [1.0] Enter [CHORUS as] Prologue Chorus O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...employment. But pardon, gentles all, The flat unraised spirits that hath dar'd On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth So great an object. Can this cockpit...
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Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

Orson Welles - Drama - 2001 - 342 pages
...Elliott Ann Saks Margaret Curtis Rosemary Carver Soldiers, Servants ACT ONE Scene One Enter Chorus. CHORUS O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...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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Henry V, Part 2

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 212 pages
...often mixes singular and plural verbs and subjects. PROLOGUE London: the Globe Theatre. Enter Chorus Chorus O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene. 5 Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels (Leash'd in,...
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La BÍte: And, Wrong Mountain

David Hirson - Drama - 2001 - 372 pages
...crowd.* Maurice appears before the curtain. An anticipatory hush settles over the Audience. MAURICE "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene . . . !" A look of dumbstruck terror crosses Maurice's face. He glances helplessly towards the wings....
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Wrong Mountain

David Hirson - Drama - 2001 - 148 pages
...crowd.* MA URICE appears before the curtain. An anticipatory hush settles over the Audience.) MAURICE. "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ... !" (A look of dumbstruck terror crosses MAURICE'S face. He glances helplessly towards the wings.)...
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