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" I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil; and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. "
The Plays of William Shakespeare : Accurately Printed from the Text of the ... - Page 190
by William Shakespeare - 1805
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Exorcism and Its Texts: Subjectivity in Early Modern Literature of England ...

Hilaire Kallendorf - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 327 pages
...Hamlet speaks the lines: ... The spirit that I have seen May be a [dev'l], and the [dev'l] hath power T' assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, Out of...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me ...l88 The theme of performativity or role playing as employed in Hamlet has been emphasized by many...
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Shakespeare and the Human Mystery

J. Philip Newell - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 134 pages
...as Hamlet says, . . . The spirit that I have seen May be a devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me: 111 have grounds More relative than this. The play's the thing Wherein 111 catch the conscience of...
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Jay Greenblatt - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 430 pages
...way to uncertainty: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness...potent with such spirits — Abuses me to damn me. (2.2.575-80) Such thoughts lead to a cycle of delay, self-reproach, continued failure to act, and renewed...
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Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage

Gail Kern Paster - Literary Criticism - 2010 - 288 pages
...emotional inconstancy: The spirit that I have seen May be a [dev'l], and the [dev'l] hath power T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. (2.2.598-603) Hamlet sees himself here as too open and vulnerable to influences brought in and through...
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The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England

Douglas Trevor - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 252 pages
...possession, one that renders him acutely vulnerable to demonic forces: "the devil hath power / T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, / Out of my weakness...very potent with such spirits, / Abuses me to damn me."1 19 Hamlet marks, if not the first, then the most enduring representation of a depressed intellectual...
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On SF

Thomas M. Disch - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 271 pages
...was only a product of my own overheated imagination. Or then again, it may be, as Hamlet surmised: The spirit that I have seen May be a devil: and the...very potent with such spirits Abuses me to damn me. I had just laid aside the volume of Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica with which I had been beguiling...
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Shakespeare

George Ian Duthie - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 206 pages
...quick: if he but blench, I know my course. And he goes on to say: The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing...damn me: I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. He has at last been stung to action....
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Arnaldi de Villanova opera medica omnia, Volume 1; Volume 7

Arnau de Vilanova - Health - 2005 - 288 pages
...INTRODUCTORI I. EL DE REPROBACIONE NIGROMANTICE FI CCI ON IS The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing...very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2, 2 L'esperit que vaig veure podia ser un dimoni, i el dimoni be pot...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...blench I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be a devil, and the devil hath power T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness...damn me; I'll have grounds More relative than this - the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king, [he goes [a day passes] ACT 3...
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Shakespeare's Rhetoric of Comic Character: Dramatic Convention in Classical ...

Karen Newman - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 168 pages
...I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be a devil, and the devil hath power 595 T'assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps, Out of my weakness...damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this. The play's the thing 600 Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King.' (II, ii, 543-601) The soliloquy...
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