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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    It faded on the crowing of the cock.
Some say that ever ’gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long:
And then, they say, no spirit dares stir 1 abroad;
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow’d and so gracious is the time.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 1.
    So have I heard, and do in part believe it.
But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,
Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill. 2
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 1.
    The memory be green.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    With an auspicious and a dropping eye, 3
With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage,
In equal scale weighing delight and dole.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    The head is not more native to the heart.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    A little more than kin, and less than kind.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    All that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    Seems, madam! nay, it is; I know not “seems.”
’T is not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Nor customary suits of solemn black.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    But I have that within which passeth show;
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    ’T is a fault to Heaven,
A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,
To reason most absurd.
          Hamlet. Act i. Sc. 2.
    O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
Note 1.
”Can walk” in White. [back]
Note 2.
”Eastern hill” in Dyce, Singer, Staunton, and White. [back]
Note 3.
”One auspicious and one dropping eye” in Dyce, Singer, and Staunton. [back]