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If I should tell thee o'er this thy day's work.-Coriol., i. 9. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read, At your best leisure, this his humble suit.-Jul. C., iii. 1. No; this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnardine,-Macb., ii. 2. May soon return to this our suffering country.--Ibid., iii. 6. Forgive me this my virtue ; for in the fatness.-Hamlet, iii. 4. And this her son cannot take two from twenty.-Cym., ii. 1., These your unusual weeds.-W.T., iv. 2. And those our droplets which from niggard nature fall.— Timon, v. 5. Do you misdoubt this sword, and these my wounds ?-Ant. & C., iii. 7. To be full quit of those my banishers.-Coriol., iv. 5. Of half that worth as those your swords, made rich.-Jul. C., iii. 1. Would thou, and those thy scars, had once prevail'd.-Ant. & C., iv. 5. In feeding them with those my former fortunes.-Ibid., iv. 13. Sometimes he thus uses the word so": You, that have turn'd off a first so noble wife.—All's W., v. 3. From whose so many weights of baseness cannot A dram of worth be drawn.-Cym., iii. 5. Who may, haply, be a little angry for my so rough usage.-Ibid., iv. I. Sometimes he thus uses the word “ one”:I met a courier, one mine ancient friend.—Timon, v. 2. And he is one the truest manner'd.-Cym., i. 7. Sometimes, thus, the word “other”:Is much o’the favour of other your new pranks.-Lear, i. 4. Sometimes, thus, the word “ ": That I have said to some my standers-by.—Tr. & Cr., iv. 5. Sometimes, thus, the word “every":Single I'll resolve you ... of every these happen'd accidents.— Temp., V. I. Sometimes, thus, the word “ many":An earnest inviting, which many my near occasions did urge me to put off.—Timol, iii. 6.
Sometimes, thus, the word “poor” :Bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns, and, as thou sayest, charged my brother. As You L., i. 1.
Ah! poor our sex! this fault in us I find.—Tr. & Cr., v. 2.
It will be perceived that the Italians, in such phrases as caro mio fratello, signora mia, quella sua mano, questa mia mano, uno mio antico amico, povero nostro sesso, use precisely similar idiomatic forms of phraseology to some among those which we have here collected as used by Shakespeare.
Shakespeare occasionally employs an iterated word or short phrase with excellent effect, to express various impulses, moods or conditions of feeling, and, sometimes, to express earnestness :
I have done nothing but in care of thee
(Of thee, my dear one! thee, my daughter !).—Temp., i. 2. Come, woo me, woo me ; * for now I am in a holiday humour, and like enough to
What would you say to me now, an I were your very very Rosalind.--As You L., iv, 1.
There is no tongue that moves, none, none i’ the world,
Not to-day, O Lord,
Even to thy pure and most most loving breast.-Sonnet cx.
Sometimes to express exultation:-
I thank God! I thank God!... Good news, good news ! I am very glad of it: I'll plague him; I'll torture him: I am glad of it. . . . Nay, that's true, that's pery true.-Mer. of V., iii. 1.
Sometimes to express vehement emotion :Why, there, there, there, there! a diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfort.-Ibid., iii. 1.
You are forsworn, forsworn ... Arm, arm, you Heavens, against these perjur'd kings. . . . Hear me! o, hear me! ... War! war! no peace! peace is to me a war ! -- John, iii. 1.
Lo, now ! now see the issue of your peace! Death, death : 0, amiable lovely death! I am not mad; too well, too well I feel the different plague of each calamity.-Ibid., iii. 4.
• In this passage there is the assumed playful manner thinly veiling the real earnostness beneath.
It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul-
By Heaven, I do not, I do not, gentlemen.—Ibid., v. 2.
Instance, O instance! strong as Pluto's gates;
Will I set up my everlasting rest.-R. & Jul., v. 3.
To-day, to-day, unhappy day too late,
That grows to seed.-Hamlet, i. 2. You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal-except my life, except my life, except my life.-Ibid., ii. 2.
How is 't? Feel you your legs? You stand.
I am dying, Egypt, dying.–Ant. & C., iv. 13.
Stars, stars, and all eyes else dead coals !-W. T., v. I.
Howl, howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones. ...
* As Milton does in the exquisite two lines from “ Lycidas?
“ But, О the heavy change, now thou art gone,
O my dear Cassio! my sweet Cassio !
O Posthumus! alas,
1.-Cym., iv, 2. Sometimes to express solemn feeling :
More needs she the divine than the physician:
God, God forgive us all !-- Macb., v. I.
Down, down I come; like glistering Phaeton,
In the base court? Come down? Down, court, down, king !-R.II., iii. 3. Sometimes to express sarcastic emphasis :
But from the inward motion to deliver
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.-Hamlet, i. 5.
We are not safe, Clarence; we are not safe.—R. III., i. 1.
No doubt, no doubt : and so shall Clarence too.--Ibid., i. 1.
Richard yet lives, hell's black intelligencer;
Throng to the bar, crying all-Guilty ! guilty !—Ibid., v. 3.
Naught, naught, all naught! I can behold no longer :
To see 't mine eyes are blasted.-Ant. & C., iii. 8.
But never till to-night, never till now,
Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.---Jul. C., i. 3.
speak to me ...
..0, speak! .. speak of it: stay, and speak ! -Hamlet, i. 1. Sometimes to express agitation :
My lord the king, the king !-W. T., iii. 2.
I know not, madam : 'tis too bad, too bad.-Lear, ii. 1.
Not a jot, not a jot.-Ibid., iii. 3.
Do not laugh at me;
And so I am, I am. ...
No cause, no cause.-Lear, iv. 7.
Do you see this? Look on her---look-her lips-
O Antony! O Antony !- Dies.]-Ant. & C., iv. 9.
Now, now, now, now;
What do you read, my lord ?
Look, where he goes, even now, out at the portal !-Ibid., iii. 4.
List, list, O, list! If thou didst ever thy dear father love.-Ibid., i. 3.
0, horrible ! O horrible ! most horrible.--I bid., i. 5. Sometimes in pathetic appeal :
Show you sweet Cæsar's wounds, poor poor dumb mouths,
And bid them speak for me. - ul. C., iii. 2. Sometimes in pacifying denial or remonstrance :
Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?-Oh, no, no, no, no; my meaning in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.-Mer. of V., i. 3.
Now the red pestilence strike all trades in Rome,
What, what, what! I shall be lov'd when I am lack'd.-Coriol., iv. I. Sometimes in petulant contradiction :
Why, here's no crab; and therefore look not sour.-