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" O, FOR a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention ! A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars ; and, at his heels, Leashed... "
The plays and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E. Malone] with ... - Page 263
by William Shakespeare - 1833
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The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations

William Shakespeare, Jane Armstrong - 1999 - 396 pages
...question of the play be then to be considered. e1 3.2.1-15, 17-29, 39-44, HAMLET TO THE FIRST PLAYER 1 O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Henry V Prologue 1-4, CHORUS 2 Within this wooden O. Henry V Prologue 13, CHORUS; the 'wooden O' refers...
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The Arden Dictionary of Shakespeare Quotations

Jane Armstrong - 1999 - 408 pages
...considered. Hamlet 3.2.1-15, 17-29, 39-44, HAMLET TO THE FIRST PLAYER 218 I PLAYS, PLAYERS AND PLAYHOUSES 1 O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Henry V Prologue 1-4, CHORUS 2 Within this wooden O. Henry V Prologue 13, CHORUS; the 'wooden O' refers...
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Writings on Glass: Essays, Interviews, Criticism

Richard Kostelanetz, Robert Flemming - 1999 - 372 pages
...with a "world-historical" subject, where Shakespeare himself has the Chorus make the same point: Play O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarch* to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port...
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Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre

Robert Weimann, Helen Higbee, William West - 2000 - 298 pages
...stirring confidence in the dramatic powers of "invention" to serve and inspire the play's opening: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...should famine, sword, and fire Crouch for employment. (1-8) To appropriate "A kingdom for a stage" with the help of imaginative "invention" seems a task...
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Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield

Harvey Claflin Mansfield - 2000 - 326 pages
...choral interludes, beginning with the prologue, which sounds like a Homeric invocation of the muse: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars. (Prol.1-6) Shakespeare repeatedly presents military greatness in Henry V in terms of precedents from...
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Philosophical Shakespeares

John J. Joughin - 2000 - 128 pages
...nothing figured as zero which informs the conceit of the Prologue to Henry V. The opening peroration: 'O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest...act / And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!' (Prologue, 14) is followed by an apology for the 'flat unraised spirits' of the actors and 'unworthy...
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, David Scott Kastan, Marina Kastan - 2000 - 48 pages
...playwright and the actors. The spectators must supply in their minds what can't be provided on stage. O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to hehold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars; and...
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Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

Orson Welles - 2001 - 297 pages
...Elliott Ann Saks Margaret Curtis Rosemary Carver Soldiers, Servants ACT ONE Scene One Enter Chorus. CHORUS O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...himself, Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels (Leashed in, like hounds) should famine, sword and fire Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles...
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Henry V

William Shakespeare - 2001 - 154 pages
...often mixes singular and plural verbs and subjects. PROLOGUE London: the Globe Theatre. Enter Chorus Chorus O for a muse of fire, that would ascend The...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene. 5 Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels (Leash'd in,...
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Wrong Mountain

David Hirson - 2001 - 144 pages
...crowd.* MA URICE appears before the curtain. An anticipatory hush settles over the Audience.) MAURICE. "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ... !" (A look of dumbstruck terror crosses MAURICE'S face. He glances helplessly towards the wings.)...
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