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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... "
The Beauties of Shakspeare Regularly Selected from Each Play. With a General ... - Page 102
by William Shakespeare - 1827 - 345 pages
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Who's who in Shakespeare

Peter Quennell, Hamish Johnson - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 228 pages
...surface when Claudius, tortured by guilt, struggles to pray : Cleomencs Clerk, Lawyer's Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will : My stronger...sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence ? And what's in prayer but this twofold force. To be forestalled...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 148 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 in...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? 47 And what's...
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Hamlet: The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke : the First Folio of 1623 ...

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 261 pages
...will: My stronger guilt, defeats my strong intent, And like a man to double businesse bound, 3.3 Hamlet I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both...sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this two-fold force: To be forestalled...
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Deadly Thought: Hamlet and the Human Soul

Jan H. Blits - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 405 pages
...nothing to do with God or the hereafter. Describing the curse itself, Claudius continues: Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger...pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. (3.3.38-43) Claudius's curse is his inability to pray. Though he fervently wishes to pray, his stronger...
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Shakespeare and Religion: Essays of Forty Years

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 374 pages
...offence is rank, it smells to Heaven! It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder . . . What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself...sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this two-fold force To be forestalled...
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The Kendall/Hunt Anthology: Literature to Write About

K. H. Anthol - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2003 - 313 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...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 offence? And what's...
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Shakespeare Matters: History, Teaching, Performance

Brian Way - Literary Collections - 2003 - 330 pages
...his "rank" offense (3.3.36). Yet even he is caught by the antithesis of penitent and sinner, saying My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, And like...pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect. (3.3.40-43) How similar this sounds to Hamlet's own observation: Thus conscience does make cowards...
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細說莎士比亞論文集: a collection of essays

彭鏡禧 - English drama - 2004 - 470 pages
...Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, 5 And, like a man to double business bound, I stand...sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this twofold force, To be forestalled...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 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 in...sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? And what's in prayer but this twofold force, To be forestalled...
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Food in Shakespeare: Early Modern Dietaries and the Plays

Joan Fitzpatrick - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 166 pages
...murder. 58 Lady Macbeth is also anticipated when Claudius considers the irrevocability of his sin: "What if this cursed hand / Were thicker than itself...in the sweet heavens / To wash it white as snow?" (3.3.43-6), although the notion that a huge amount of water will not wash away a stain is proverbial,...
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