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

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels 1 bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    I am myself indifferent honest.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!
The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s eye, tongue, sword.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    The expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
The observed of all observers!
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,
Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh.
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    O, woe is me,
To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
          Hamlet. Act iii. Sc. 1.
Note 1.
”Who would these fardels” in White. [back]