Friday, May 25, 2012

Aimless Reading: The S's, Part 19.20 (William Shakespeare)

Richard the Second
Shakespeare, William
Richard the Second

Looks like we've passed the halfway mark on the Shakespeare shelf. We might be a couple of volumes past the midpoint, actually. I still can't remember which plays I am missing. Maybe I'll figure it out before we get to the end and order them, so as to have the complete set. Or not.

I read this play when I bought the set, but I have zero recollection of it. The history plays, except for the famous ones like Henry IV and V and Richard III, all blend together. Especially when they're read with little if any knowledge of, or interest in, the historical persons upon which the plays are based, they become simply numbers in a chronology.

But that's history for you.

from Richard the Second

They love not poison that do poison need,
Nor do I thee: though I did wish him dead,
I hate the murderer, love him murdered.
The guilt of conscience take thou for thy labour,
But neither my good word nor princely favour:
With Cain go wander through shades of night,
And never show thy head by day nor light.
Lords, I protest, my soul is full of woe,
That blood should sprinkle me to make me grow:
Come, mourn with me for that I do lament,
And put on sullen black incontinent:
I'll make a voyage to the Holy Land,
To wash this blood off from my guilty hand:
March sadly after; grace my mournings here;
In weeping after this untimely bier.

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