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Favorite Selections from William Shakespeare

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

FAVORITE SELECTIONS

FROM THE WORKS OF

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – selected and edited

BY CHRIS BOYCE











Contents





EXCERPT FROM SONNET 8


“Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?

Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.”




EXCERPT FROM AS YOU LIKE IT

“O Lord, Lord, it is a hard matter for friends to meet; but mountains

may be removed with earthquakes, and so encounter.”







EXCERPT FROM CYMBELINE

“Jupiter descends in thunder and lighting, sitting upon an eagle. He

throws a thunderbolt. The ghosts fall on their knees.”





EXCERPT FROM ROMEO AND JULIET

“I do remember an apothecary,

And hereabouts he dwells,—which late I noted

In tatter’d weeds, with overwhelming brows,

Culling of simples, meagre were his looks,

Sharp misery had worn him to the bones;

And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,

An alligator stuff’d, and other skins

Of ill-shaped fishes.”





EXCERPT FROM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“Come, my lord, and in our flight,

Tell me how it came this night

That I sleeping here was found

With these mortals on the ground.”





EXCERPT FROM HENRY VI, PART II

“The pretty-vaulting sea refused to drown me,

Knowing that thou wouldst have me drowned on shore

With tears as salt as sea, through thy unkindness.”





EXCERPT FROM THE WINTER’S TALE

“O master, if you did but hear the pedlar at the door, you would never

dance again after a tabor and pipe; no, the bagpipe could not move you.

He sings several tunes faster than you’ll tell money. He utters them as

he had eaten ballads, and all men’s ears grew to his tunes.”


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