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" Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself... "
Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Verse, for the ... - Page 325
by William Scott (teacher, Edinburgh.) - 1819 - 360 pages
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Exercises in Rhetorical Reading: With a Series of Introductory Lessons ...

Richard Green Parker - 1849 - 432 pages
...A brother's murder .' Pray I cannot, 35 Though inclination be as sharp as 't will ; My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent; And, like a man to...begin, And both neglect. What if this cursed hand 5 Were thicker than itself with brother's blood ! Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 1992 - 138 pages
...Pray can I not: Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, 40 And, like a man to double business bound, I stand...serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this twofold force, To be forestalled ere we come to fall, Or pardoned being...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 pages
...curse upon 't, A brother's murder. Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will; My stronger as other birds But that he knows in singing not to (Ill, iii) 35 What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast,...
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The Masks of Hamlet

Marvin Rosenberg - 1992 - 971 pages
...only a first episode, as he regroups. He says his guilt defeats his will, in a Hamlet-like metaphor: And, like a man to double business bound, I stand...pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. He speaks like Hamlet, trying to distance his own situation in a generalization, drawn in more than...
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - 1993 - 247 pages
...can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as wil1. My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent , 40 And, like a man to double business bound, I stand...blood, Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens 45 To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offense? And what's...
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Shakespeare's World of Death: The Early Tragedies

Richard Courtney - 1995 - 268 pages
...guilty of the "primal eldest curse" of Cain "A brother's murder" but "Pray can I not" (36-38). What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself...serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? (43-47) How can he pray for forgiveness and still cling to the rewards of crime: My crown, mine own...
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The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln: Six Months at the White House

Francis Bicknell Carpenter - 1995 - 359 pages
...upon 't, A brother's murder! Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will; My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent; And, like a man to...hand Were thicker than itself with brother's blood? la there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - 1996 - 208 pages
...guilt defeats my strong intent, And like a man to double business bound And both neglect. What if tins cursed hand Were thicker than itself with brother's...serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this twofold force, To be forestalled ere we come to fall, Or pardoned being...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - 1996 - 865 pages
...After Polonius leaves to hide in Gertrude's room, Claudius is left alone to relive his monumental sin: What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself...enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? (Ill, iii, 43-46) That cannot be, since I am still possess'd Of those effects for which I did the murther...
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The Fifth Gospel: Isaiah in the History of Christianity

John F. A. Sawyer, John Frederick Adam Sawyer - 1996 - 281 pages
...1:15, i8).4 In Hamlet King Claudius vainly prays that his fratricidal sin can be forgiven in heaven: What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself...rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow?5 Macbeth in similar language, appalled by the sight of blood on his hands, doubts whether 'all...
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