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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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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - Reference - 1992 - 1132 pages
...rank, it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder. Pray can I (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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Liberation of the Actor

Peter Bridgmont - Performing Arts - 1992 - 148 pages
...is rank, it smells to Heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder! Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will: My stronger...thicker than itself with brother's blood, Is there no rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 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...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 Masks of Hamlet

Marvin Rosenberg - Drama - 1992 - 971 pages
...he often holds it up, or pushes it far away from him, as he dares to try for a pardon, make a deal: What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself...enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? He challenges heaven, or pleads to it, hinting that heaven itself is responsible for misdeeds. He sometimes...
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - Literary Criticism - 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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The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln: Six Months at the White House

Francis Bicknell Carpenter - Biography & Autobiography - 1995 - 359 pages
...it smells to heaven; It hiith tin- primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder! — Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will; My stronger...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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Shakespeare's World of Death: The Early Tragedies

Richard Courtney - Drama - 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...sweet heavens To wash it white as snow? Whereto serves mercy But to confront the visage of offence? (43-47) How can he pray for forgiveness and still cling...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 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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Macbeth

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1997 - 280 pages
...sig. D4r); 'All the water in the sea cannot wash out this stain' (Dent w8s, citing Ado 4.i.i40f.); 'What if this cursed hand / Were thicker than itself...enough in the sweet heavens / To wash it white as snow' (Ham. 3.3.43-6, Q2 and F, cited by Slater, p. 5). 63 Neptune Classical god of the seas. 65 multitudinous...
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Scribes and Translators: Septuagint and Old Latin in the Books of Kings ...

Natalio Fernández Marcos - Religion - 98 pages
...it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, — A brother's murder! — 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...
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