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2013 Required Monologues Packet

New York City Branch ONLY

(NYC, Long Island and Westchester)


The 2013 English-Speaking Union

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INDEX OF REQUIRED MONOLOGUES

Students participating in the New York City ESU Branch Shakespeare Competition

must select a monologue from this list. Schools should supply this list to all their

eligible students. These monologues are taken from The Riverside Shakespeare (1997) and

meet the line limit requirements. Students can play any part listed below (male or female).

Play Category Character Gender Page

Anthony and Cleopatra Tragedy Cleopatra Female 1

As You Like It Comedy Phebe Female 2

The Comedy of Errors Comedy Adriana Female 3

Hamlet Tragedy Hamlet Male 4

Hamlet Tragedy Ophelia Female 5

Henry V History King Henry Male 6

Henry VI History Son Male 7

Julius Caesar Tragedy Caesar Male 8

Julius Caesar Tragedy Portia Female 9

King John History Constance Female 10

King Lear Tragedy King Lear Male 11

Macbeth Tragedy Lady Macbeth Female 12

Macbeth Tragedy Macbeth Male 13

Measure for Measure Comedy Angelo Male 14

The Merchant of Venice Comedy Shylock Male 15

The Merry Wives of Windsor Comedy Falstaff Male 16

A Midsummer Night's Dream Comedy Helena Female 17

A Midsummer Night's Dream Comedy Puck Male 18

Much Ado about Nothing Comedy Benedick Male 19

Othello Tragedy Desdemona Female 20

Richard II History King Richard Male 21

Richard III History Lady Anne Female 22

Romeo and Juliet Tragedy Juliet Female 23

Romeo and Juliet Tragedy Romeo Male 24

The Taming of the Shrew Comedy Katherina Female 25

The Tempest Romance Prospero Male 26

Titus Andronicus Tragedy Aaron Male 27

Twelfth Night, or What You Will Comedy Viola Female 28

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Comedy Proteus Male 29

The Winter's Tale Romance Hermione Female 30

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Anthony and Cleopatra

Act IV, Scene XV, Lines 73-91

Character: Cleopatra

Cleopatra: No more, but [e'en] a woman, and commanded

By such poor passion as the maid that milks

And does the meanest chares. It were for me

To throw my sceptre at the injurious gods,

To tell them that this world did equal theirs

Till they had stol'n our jewel. All's but naught;

Patience is sottish, and impatience does

Become a dog that's mad: then is it sin

To rush into the secret house of death,

Ere death dare come to us? How do you, women?

What, what, good cheer! Why, how now, Charmian!

My noble girls! Ah, women, women! Look

Our lamp is spent, it's out. Good sirs, take heart,

We'll bury him; and then, what's brave, what's noble,

Let's do’t after the high Roman fashion,

And make death proud to take us. Come, away,

This case of that huge spirit now is cold.

Ah, women, women! Come, we have no friend

But resolution and the briefest end.

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As You Like It

Act III, Scene V, Lines 109-134 (with cuts)

Character: Phebe

Phebe: Think not I love him, though I ask for him;

'Tis but a peevish boy—yet he talks well—

But what care I for words? Yet words do well

When he that speaks them pleases those that hear.

It is a pretty youth—not very pretty—

But sure he's proud—and yet his pride becomes him.

He'll make a proper man. The best thing in him

Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue

Did make offence, his eye did heal it up.

He is not very tall—yet for his years he's tall;

His leg is but so so—and yet 'tis well;

There be some women, Silvius, had they mark'd him

In parcels as I did, would have gone near

To fall in love with him; but, for my part,

I love him not, nor hate him not; and yet

Have more cause to hate him than to love him,

For what had he to do to chide at me?

He said mine eyes were black and my hair black,

And, now I am rememb’red, scorn'd at me.

I’ll write to him a very taunting letter.

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The Comedy of Errors

Act II, Scene I, Lines 87-101

Character: Adriana

Adriana: His company must do his minions grace,

Whilst I at home starve for a merry look:

Hath homely age th' alluring beauty took

From my poor cheek? Then he hath wasted it.

Are my discourses dull? Barren my wit?

If voluble and sharp discourse be marr'd,

Unkindness blunts it more than marble hard.

Do their gay vestments his affections bait?

That's not my fault, he's master of my state.

What ruins are in me that can be found,

By him not ruin'd? Then is he the ground

Of my defeatures. My decayed fair

A sunny look of his would soon repair.

But, too unruly deer, he breaks the pale

And feeds from home; poor I am but his stale.

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Hamlet

Act III, Scene III, Lines 73-93

Character: Hamlet

Hamlet: Now might I do it [pat], now ’a is a-praying;

And now I'll do't—and so ’a goes to heaven,

And so am I [reveng'd]. That would be scann'd:

A villain kills my father, and for that

I, his sole son, do this same villain send

To heaven.

Why, this is [hire and salary], not revenge.

’A took my father grossly, full of bread,

With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May,

And how his audit stands who knows save heaven?

But in our circumstance and course of thought,

'Tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged,

To take him in the purging of his soul,

When he is fit and season’d for his passage?

No!

Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent:

When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage,

Or in th' incestuous pleasure of his bed,

At gaming a-swearing, or about some act

That has no relish of salvation in't—

Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven.

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Hamlet

Act II, Scene I, Lines 72-97 (with cuts)

Character: Ophelia

Ophelia: O my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!

Lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbrac'd,

Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other,

And with a look so piteous in purport

As if he had been loosed out of hell

To speak of horrors—he comes before me.

He took me by the wrist, and held me hard,

Then goes he to the length of all his arm,

And, with his other hand thus o'er his brow,

He falls to such perusal of my face

As ’a would draw it. Long stay'd he so.

At last, a little shaking of mine arm,

And thrice his head thus waving up and down,

He rais'd a sigh so piteous and profound

As it did seem to shatter all his bulk

And end his being. That done, he lets me go,

And with his head over his shoulder turn'd,

He seem'd to find his way without his eyes,

For out a' doors he went without their helps,

And to the last bended their light on me.

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Henry V

Act III, Scene I, Lines 1-34 (with cuts)

Character: King Henry

King Henry: Once more unto the breach, dear friends,

once more;

Or close the wall up with our English dead.

In peace there's nothing so becomes a man

As modest stillness and humility;

But when the blast of war blows in our ears,

Then imitate the action of the tiger;

Stiffen the sinews, [conjure] up the blood,

Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;

Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit

To his full height. On, on, you [noblest] English,

Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!

For there is none of you so mean and base

That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,

[Straining] upon the start. The game's afoot!

Follow your spirit; and upon this charge

Cry “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”

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Henry VI, Part 3

Act II, Scene V, Lines 55-72

Character: Son

Son: Ill blows the wind that profits nobody.

This man whom hand to hand I slew in fight

May be possessed with some store of crowns,

And I that, haply, take them from him now,

May yet, ere night, yield both my life and them

To some man else, as this dead man doth me.

Who's this? O God! it is my father's face,

Whom in this conflict I, unwares, have kill'd.

O heavy times, begetting such events!

From London by the King was I press'd forth;

My father, being the Earl of Warwick's man,

Came on the part of York, press'd by his master;

And I, who at his hands receiv'd my life,

Have by my hands of life bereaved him.

Pardon me, God, I knew not what I did!

And pardon, father, for I knew not thee!

My tears shall wipe away these bloody marks;

And no more words till they have flow'd their fill.

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Julius Caesar

Act III, Scene I, Lines 58-73

Character: Julius Caesar

Caesar: I could be well mov’d, if I were as you;

If I could pray to move, prayers would move me;

But I am constant as the northern star,

Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality

There is no fellow in the firmament.

The skies are painted with unnumb’red sparks,

They are all fire, and every one doth shine;

But there's but one in all doth hold his place.

So in the world: 'tis furnish'd well with men,

And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive;

Yet in the number I do know but one

That unassailable holds on his rank,

Unshak’d of motion; and that I am he,

Let me a little show it, even in this—

That I was constant Cimber should be banish'd,

And constant do remain to keep him so.

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Julius Caesar

Act II, Scene I, Lines 255-298 (with cuts)

Character: Portia

Portia: I should not know you Brutus. Dear my lord,

Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.

What, is Brutus sick? No, my Brutus;

You have some sick offence within your mind,

Which, by the right and virtue of my place,

I ought to know of; and upon my knees,

I charm you, by my once-commended beauty,

By all your vows of love, and that great vow

Which did incorporate and make us one,

That you unfold to me, yourself, your half,

Why you are heavy, and what men to-night

Have had to resort to you; for here have been

Some six or seven, who did hide their faces

Even from darkness.

Is it expected I should know no secrets

That appertain to you?

I grant I am a woman; but withal

A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife.

Tell me your counsels, I will not disclose ’em.

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King John

Act III, Scene IV, Lines 44-60

Character: Constance

Constance: Thou art [not] holy to belie me so,

I am not mad. This hair I tear is mine,

My name is Constance, I was Geffrey's wife,

Young Arthur is my son, and he is lost.

I am not mad, I would to heaven I were!

For then 'tis like I should forget myself.

O, if I could, what grief should I forget!

Preach some philosophy to make me mad,

And thou shalt be canoniz'd, Cardinal;

For, being not mad, but sensible of grief,

My reasonable part produces reason

How I may be deliver'd of these woes,

And teaches me to kill or hang myself.

If I were mad, I should forget my son,

Or madly think a babe of clouts were he.

I am not mad; too well, too well I feel

The different plague of each calamity.

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King Lear

Act I, Scene IV, Lines 275-289

Character: King Lear

King Lear: Hear, Nature, hear, dear goddess, hear!

Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend

To make this creature fruitful.

Into her womb convey sterility;

Dry up in her the organs of increase;

And from her derogate body never spring

A babe to honour her! If she must teem,

Create her child of spleen, that it may live

And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her.

Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth,

With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks,

Turn all her mother's pains and benefits

To laughter and contempt, that she may feel

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is

To have a thankless child!—Away, away!

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Macbeth

Act I, Scene V, Lines 39-58

Character: Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth: The raven himself is hoarse

That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan

Under my battlements. Come, you spirits

That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,

And fill me from the crown to the toe topful

Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood,

Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse,

That no compunctious visitings of nature

Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between

Th’ effect and [it]! Come to my woman's breasts,

And take my milk for gall, you murth’ring ministers,

Wherever in your sightless substances

You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night,

And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,

That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,

Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,

To cry “Hold, hold!”

[Enter MACBETH]

Great Glamis! worthy Cawdor!

Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter!

Thy letters have transported me beyond

This ignorant present, and I feel now

The future in the instant.

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Macbeth

Act V, Scene V, Lines 17-28

Character: Macbeth

Macbeth: She should have died hereafter;

There would have been a time for such a word.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

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Measure for Measure

Act II, Scene IV, Lines 154-170

Character: Angelo

Angelo: Who will believe thee, Isabel?

My unsoil'd name, th’ austereness of my life,

My vouch against you, and my place i' th’ state,

Will so your accusation overweigh,

That you shall stifle in your own report,

And smell of calumny. I have begun,

And now I give my sensual race the rein.

Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite,

Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes

That banish what they sue for. Redeem thy brother

By yielding up thy body to my will,

Or else he must not only die the death,

But thy unkindness shall his death draw out

To ling’ring sufferance. Answer me to-morrow,

Or by the affection that now guides me most,

I'll prove a tyrant to him. As for you,

Say what you can: my false o'erweighs your true.

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The Merchant of Venice

Act I, Scene III, Lines 111-129

Character: Shylock

Shylock: You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog,

And spet upon my Jewish gaberdine,

And all for use of that which is mine own.

Well then, it now appears you need my help.

Go to then, you come to me, and you say,

“Shylock, we would have moneys,” you say so—

You, that did void your rheum upon my beard,

And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur

Over your threshold; moneys is your suit.

What should I say to you? Should I not say

“Hath a dog money? Is it possible

A cur can lend three thousand ducats?” Or

Shall I bend low and in a bondman's key,

With bated breath and whisp’ring humbleness

Say this:

“Fair sir, you spet on me on Wednesday last,

You spurn'd me such a day, another time

You call'd me dog; and for these courtesies

I'll lend you thus much moneys”?

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Act III, Scene V, Lines 3-18

Character: Sir John Falstaff

Falstaff: Go fetch me a quart of sack, put a toast

in't. [Exit BARDOLPH.] Have I liv’d to be carried in a

basket like a barrow of butcher's offal? and to

be thrown in the Thames? Well, [and] I be serv’d such

another trick, I'll have my brains ta'en out and

butter’d, and give them to a dog for a new-year's

gift. The rogues slighted me into the river with as

little remorse as they would have drown’d a

blind bitch's puppies, fifteen i' th’ litter; and you

may know by my size that I have a kind of alacrity

in sinking; [and] the bottom were as deep as hell, I

should down. I had been drown’d, but that the

shore was shelvy and shallow—a death that I

abhor; for the water swells a man; and what a thing

should I have been when I had been swell’d! I should

have been a mountain of mummy.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Act III, Scene II, Lines 145-161

Character: Helena

Helena: O spite! O hell! I see you all are bent

To set against me for your merriment.

If you were civil and knew courtesy,

You would not do me thus much injury.

Can you not hate me, as I know you do,

But you must join in souls to mock me too?

If you were men, as men you are in show,

You would not use a gentle lady so;

To vow, and swear, and superpraise my parts,

When I am sure you hate me with your hearts.

You both are rivals, and love Hermia;

And now both rivals, to mock Helena.

A trim exploit, a manly enterprise,

To conjure tears up in a poor maid's eyes

With your derision! None of noble sort

Would so offend a virgin, and extort

A poor soul's patience, all to make you sport.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Act II, Scene I, Lines 42-58

Character: Puck

Puck: Thou speak'st aright;

I am that merry wanderer of the night.

I jest to Oberon and make him smile

When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,

Neighing in likeness of a filly foal;

And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl,

In very likeness of a roasted crab,

And when she drinks, against her lips I bob,

And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale.

The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale,

Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me;

Then slip I from her bum, down topples she,

And 'tailor' cries, and falls into a cough;

And then the whole quire hold their hips and loff,

And waxen in their mirth and neeze, and swear

A merrier hour was never wasted there.

But, room, fairy! here comes Oberon.

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Much Ado about Nothing

Act II, Scene III, Lines 22-36

Character: Benedick

Benedick: May I be so converted and see with these eyes?

I cannot tell; I think not. I will not be sworn

but love may transform me to an oyster, but I'll take

my oath on it, till he have made [an] oyster of

me, he shall never make me such a fool. One woman

is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am

well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all

graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come

in my grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain;

wise, or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen

her; fair, or I'll never look on her; mild, or come

not near me; noble, or not I for an angel; of good

discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall

be of what color it please God. Ha! the Prince and

Monsieur Love! I will hide me in the arbor.

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Othello

Act IV, Scene II, Lines 149-164

Character: Desdemona

Desdemona: Alas, Iago,

What shall I do to win my lord again?

Good friend, go to him; for, by this light of heaven,

I know not how I lost him. Here I kneel:

If e'er my will did trespass 'gainst his love,

Either in discourse of thought or actual deed,

Or that mine eyes, mine ears, or any sense

Delighted them [in] any other form;

Or that I do not yet, and ever did,

And ever will (though he do shake me off

To beggarly divorcement) love him dearly,

Comfort forswear me! Unkindness may do much,

And his unkindness may defeat my life,

But never taint my love. I cannot say “whore”.

It does abhor me now I speak the word;

To do the act that might the addition earn

Not the world's mass of vanity could make me.

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Richard II

Act IV, Scene I, Lines 162-193 (with cuts)

Character: King Richard

King Richard: Alack, why am I sent for to a king,

Before I have shook off the regal thoughts

Wherewith I reign'd? I hardly yet have learn'd

To insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my knee.

Give sorrow leave awhile to tutor me

To this submission. Yet I well remember

The favors of these men. Were they not mine?

Did they not [sometimes] cry, “All hail!” to me?

So Judas did to Christ: but He, in twelve,

Found truth in all but one; I, in twelve thousand, none.

God save the King! Will no man say amen?

Am I both priest and clerk? Well then, amen.

God save the King! although I be not he,

And yet amen, if heaven do think him me.

Here, cousin, seize the crown.

You may my glories and my state depose,

But not my griefs; still am I king of those.

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Richard III

Act I, Scene II, Lines 50-67

Character: Lady Anne

Anne: Foul devil, for God's sake, hence, and

trouble us not,

For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell,

Fill'd it with cursing cries and deep exclaims.

If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,

Behold this pattern of thy butcheries.

O, gentlemen, see, see dead Henry's wounds

Open their congeal'd mouths and bleed afresh!

Blush, blush, thou lump of foul deformity;

For 'tis thy presence that exhales this blood

From cold and empty veins where no blood dwells.

Thy deed, inhuman and unnatural

Provokes this deluge most unnatural.

O God! which this blood mad’st, revenge his death!

O earth! which this blood drink’st revenge, his death!

Either heav’n with lightning strike the murth’rer dead;

Or earth gape open wide and eat him quick,

As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood,

Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered!

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Romeo and Juliet

Act II, Scene V, Lines 1-17

Character: Juliet

Juliet: The clock struck nine when I did send the nurse;

In half an hour she promised to return.

Perchance she cannot meet him—that's not so.

O, she is lame! Love's heralds should be thoughts,

Which ten times faster glide than the sun's beams,

Driving back shadows over low’ring hills;

Therefore do nimble-pinion'd doves draw Love,

And therefore hath the wind-swift Cupid wings.

Now is the sun upon the highmost hill

Of this day's journey, and from nine till twelve

Is [three] long hours, yet she is not come.

Had she affections and warm youthful blood,

She would be as swift in motion as a ball;

My words would bandy her to my sweet love,

And his to me.

But old folks—many feign as they were dead,

Unwieldy, slow, heavy, and pale as lead.

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Romeo and Juliet

Act III, Scene III, Lines 17-43 (with cuts)

Character: Romeo

Romeo: There is no world without Verona walls,

But purgatory, torture, hell itself.

Hence “banished” is banish’d from the world,

And world’s exile is death; then “banished”

Is death misterm’d.

'Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here

Where Juliet lives, and every cat and dog

And little mouse, every unworthy thing,

Live here in heaven and may look on her,

But Romeo may not. More validity,

More honourable state, more courtship lives

In carrion-flies than Romeo; they may seize

On the white wonder of dear Juliet's hand,

And steal immortal blessing from her lips,

Who, even in pure and vestal modesty,

Still blush, as thinking their own kisses sin;

But Romeo may not, he is banished.

Flies may do this, but I from this must fly;

They are free men, but I am banished:

And say'st thou yet that exile is not death?

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The Taming of the Shrew

Act V, Scene II, Lines 161-179

Character: Katherina

Katherina: I am asham'd that women are so simple

To offer war where they should kneel for peace,

Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,

When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.

Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,

Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,

But that our soft conditions, and our hearts,

Should well agree with our external parts?

Come, come, you froward and unable worms!

My mind hath been as big as one of yours,

My heart as great, my reason haply more,

To bandy word for word and frown for frown;

But now I see our lances are but straws,

Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,

That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.

Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,

And place your hands below your husband's foot;

In token of which duty, if he please,

My hand is ready, may it do him ease.

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The Tempest

Epilogue, Lines 1-20

Character: Prospero

Prospero: Now my charms are all o'erthrown,

And what strength I have's mine own,

Which is most faint. Now, 'tis true,

I must be here confin’d by you,

Or sent to Naples. Let me not,

Since I have my dukedom got

And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell

In this bare island by your spell;

But release me from my bands

With the help of your good hands.

Gentle breath of yours my sails

Must fill, or else my project fails,

Which was to please. Now I want

Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,

And my ending is despair,

Unless I be reliev’d by prayer,

Which pierces so, that it assaults

Mercy itself, and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardon'd be,

Let your indulgence set me free.

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Titus Andronicus

Act V, Scene I, Lines 125-144

Character: Aaron

Aaron: Even now I curse the day—and yet I think

Few come within the compass of my curse—

Wherein I did not some notorious ill:

As kill a man, or else devise his death,

Ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it,

Accuse some innocent and forswear myself,

Set deadly enmity between two friends,

Make poor men's cattle break their necks,

Set fire on barns and haystalks in the night,

And bid the owners quench them with their tears.

Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves,

And set them upright at their dear friends' doors,

Even when their sorrows almost was forgot,

And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,

Have with my knife carved in Roman letters,

“Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.”

But I have done a thousand dreadful things,

As willingly as one would kill a fly,

And nothing grieves me heartily indeed,

But that I cannot do ten thousand more.

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Twelfth Night

Act II, Scene II, Lines 17-36

Character: Viola

Viola: I left no ring with her. What means this lady?

Fortune forbid my outside have not charm'd her!

She made good view of me; indeed so much

That methought her eyes had lost her tongue,

For she did speak in starts distractedly.

She loves me, sure, the cunning of her passion

Invites me in this churlish messenger.

None of my lord's ring? Why, he sent her none.

I am the man: if it be so, as 'tis,

Poor lady, she were better love a dream.

Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness

Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.

How easy is it for the proper-false

In women's waxen hearts to set their forms!

Alas, [our] frailty is the cause, not we,

For such as we are made [of,] such we be.

How will this fadge? My master loves her dearly,

And I (poor monster) fond as much on him;

And she (mistaken) seems to dote on me.

What will become of this?

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Act II, Scene IV, Lines 192-210

Character: Proteus

Proteus: Even as one heat another heat expels,

Or as one nail by strength drives out another,

So the remembrance of my former love

Is by a newer object quite forgotten.

[Is it] mine [eye], or Valentines’ praise,

Her true perfection, or my false transgression,

That makes me reasonless, to reason thus?

She is fair; and so is Julia that I love

(That I did love, for now my love is thaw'd,

Which like a waxen image 'gainst a fire

Bears no impression of the thing it was).

Methinks my zeal to Valentine is cold,

And that I love him not as I was wont:

O, but I love his lady too too much,

And that's the reason I love him so little.

How shall I dote on her with more advice,

That thus without advice begin to love her?

'Tis but her picture I have yet beheld,

And that hath dazzled my reason's light.

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The Winter’s Tale

Act III, Scene II, Lines 91-114 (with cuts)

Character: Hermione

Hermione: Sir, spare your threats.

The bug which you would fright me with, I seek.

To me can life be no commodity;

The crown and comfort of my life, your favor,

I do give lost; for I do feel it gone,

But know not how it went. My second joy

And first-fruits of my body, from his presence

I am barr'd, like one infectious. My third comfort

(Starr'd most unluckily) is from my breast

(The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth)

Hal’d out to murther; myself on every post

Proclaim’d a strumpet; with immodest hatred

The child-bed privilege denied, which 'longs

To women of all fashion. Now, my liege,

Tell me what blessings I have here alive,

That I should fear to die? Therefore proceed.

But yet hear this—if I shall be condemn'd

Upon surmises (all proofs sleeping else

But what your jealousies awake), I tell you

'Tis rigor and not law.

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