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" What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare ...: With the Corrections and Illustrations ... - Page 55
by William Shakespeare - 1809
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The Masks of Hamlet

Marvin Rosenberg - Drama - 1992 - 971 pages
...him to follow. In the face of this, and the mournful, melancholy cast to his Hamlet, his daring — And for my soul, what can it do to that,* Being a thing immortal as itself? — was touched with heroism. "His face lighted, his voice rang with the certainty of an authentic...
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Everybody's Shakespeare: Reflections Chiefly on the Tragedies

Maynard Mack - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 279 pages
...the most vulgar thing to sense, Why should we in our peevish opposition Take it to heart? (1.2.98) What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive...
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And Flights of Angels

Terrence Ortwein - 1994 - 91 pages
...beckons HAMLET) HORATIO(P). It beckons you to go away with it, HAMLET. Then I will follow it. HORATIO(P). What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff And there assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw...
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Shakespeare's World of Death: The Early Tragedies

Richard Courtney - Drama - 1995 - 268 pages
...walking at night on the parapets as he, in the Globe, looks downward over the rail of the upper level: What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other, horrible form, Which might deprive...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare, Russell Jackson - Performing Arts - 1996 - 208 pages
...I'll follow it. He goes through the gate. The men follow him, now desperate to restrain him. HORATIO What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your...
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John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

Michael A. Morrison - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 398 pages
...itself?/ (slight pause; then, in a low tone) It waves me forth again: Yll follow it." Horatio argues, "What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord,/ Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff/ . . . And draw you into madness?" He uses force to restrain Hamlet, maintaining his grip on his shoulders....
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Beyond Consolation: Death, Sexuality, and the Changing Shapes of Elegy

Melissa Fran Zeiger - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 195 pages
..."After a Journey" puts the narrator in some danger of death, and it thus recalls the ghost in Hamlet: What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cuff That beetles o'er his base into the sea.29 The allusion brings with it that play's aura, its uncertainty,...
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Revels in Madness: Insanity in Medicine and Literature

Allen Thiher - Literary Criticism - 2009 - 368 pages
...and madness when he warns Hamlet that his mterpretations of the ghost may he a snare for his reason: What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord. Or to the dreadful summit of the chff That heetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form, Which might...
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Fiction and Poetry: Years 5 and 6, Key stage 2, Scotland P6-P7

Wendy Wren - English language - 2000 - 149 pages
...Poetry Years 5 and 6 Til LSJ HAMLET: Why, what should be the fear? I do not set my life at a pin's fee, And for my soul, what can it do to that, Being a thing immortal as itself? It waves me forth again. I'll follow it. HORATIO: What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit...
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Henry V, War Criminal?: And Other Shakespeare Puzzles

John Sutherland, Karl-Heinz Engel, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature John Sutherland, Cedric Thomas Watts, John M. Sutherland, Emeritus Professor of English Cedric Watts, M a PH D - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 220 pages
...wicked or charitable, Thou com'st in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee. Thus Horatio: What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your...
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