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The Way of the World (excerpt) by William Congreve

Mrs Marwood from Act ii Scene i True, ’tis an unhappy circumstance of life, That love should ever die before us; And that the man so often should outlive the lover. But say what you will, ’Tis better to be … Continue reading

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The Old Bachelor (excerpt) by William Congreve

Song from Act ii Scene ii Thus, to a ripe, consenting maid, Poor, old, repenting Delia said, Would you long preserve your lover? Would you still his goddess reign? Never let him all discover, Never let him much obtain. Men … Continue reading

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The Ecchoing Green by William Blake

The sun does arise, And make happy the skies. The merry bells ring To welcome the Spring. The sky-lark and thrush, The birds of the bush, Sing louder around, To the bells’ cheerful sound. While our sports shall be seen … Continue reading

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The Seven Ages of Man by William Shakespeare

from “As You Like It” Act 2, Scene 7 All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts … Continue reading

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Always neat by Ben Jonson

Still to be neat, still to be dressed, As you were going to a feast; Still to be powdered, still perfumed; Lady, it is to be presumed, Though art’s hid causes are not found, All is not sweet, all is … Continue reading

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Lightness in Autumn by Robert Fitzgerald

The rake is like a wand or fan, With bamboo springing in a span To catch the leaves that I amass In bushels on the evening grass. I reckon how the wind behaves And rake them lightly into waves And … Continue reading

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The Mourning Bride (excerpt) by William Congreve

Zara from Act iii Scene viii Ha! Who waits there? As you’ll answer it, take heed This Slave commit no Violence upon Himself. I’ve been deceiv’d. The Publick Safety Requires he should be more confin’d; and none, No not the … Continue reading

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The Quality of Mercy by William Shakespeare

from The Merchant of Venice (Portia to Shylock) The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. … Continue reading

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Nay; thou hast done by Euripides

Artemis from “Hippolytus” Nay; thou hast done A heavy wrong; yet even beyond this ill Abides for thee forgiveness. ’Twas the will Of Cypris that these evil things should be, Sating her wrath. And this immutably Hath Zeus ordained in … Continue reading

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The Strength of Fate by Euripides

from “Alcestis” In heaven-high musings and many, Far-seeking and deep debate, Of strong things find I not any That is as the strength of Fate. Help nor healing is told In soothsayings uttered of old, In the Thracian runes, the … Continue reading

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