The Ghost of Richard the Third (Volume 22); A Poem, Printed in 1614, and Founded Upon Shakespeare's…

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Thus, as contagious ayre breeds some disease, Which all unseene creeps on in fowle infection, Till at the last the vitall parts it ceaze, And in his mortall kind attaines perfection; So by corruption of such thoughts as these, And giving way to humor and affection, Pernitious ills encreas'd; and thus I found How pitty lost and cruelty won her ground. Now, for I knew great spirits in ignorance Were farre unfit to sway, or to command, Since cunning arts do pollitick ends advance, I sought to joyne their strengths into one band, And (t'arme myselfe against the threats of chance) I gave myselfe corruptly tfunderstand Letters and artes, whose superficiall skill Might lay the ground to propagate my ill. Hence were my organs apt, and parts dispose To give my intellect the formes of things; Hence was the chaos of my braine disclos'd. That through each sence convei'd their hidden springs: Their winding streames yet in my sea were cloz'd, Which made me swell in state, and surge with kings; Yet with no lyne or plummet to be sounded, Nor in no limit but a crowne be bounded. In my designes I bore no wexen face, To take the print of any formes within; I had a forge that temper'd it like brasse; Nor by my tongue my hart was knowne or seene; Betweene these two there was so ample space, That words and thoughts were never of a kin: With threats I could allure, smile when I fround, Kisse when I kil'd, and heale when I did wound. From schoole-men's customes I observ'd some skill. What's their nice learning and their wrangling strife, But gaine, or glory, to turne good to ill? As if from reason passion we derive. Then since these ends in sciences raigne still, And few professe them for an after life, As they tooke swindge then from their polliticke schools, So I tooke licence from t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Thus, as contagious ayre breeds some disease, Which all unseene creeps on in fowle infection, Till at the last the vitall parts it ce...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217891578

ISBN - 13:9780217891578

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