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" When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound; But now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. "
The plays of William Shakspeare, pr. from the text of the corrected copies ... - Page 485
by William Shakespeare - 1823
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 117

English literature - 1865
...an idea reproduced a hundredfold, and notably by Shakespeare — ' I fenry IV.'— (Act v. Sc. 4.) ' When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough.' probably in imitation of the lines of Ovid (Mctam. xii. 615, &c.).* With the 98th Epigram of Leonidas...
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Villainous Company: A Play for Three Actors Adapted from Henry IV and Other ...

Amlin Gray - Drama - 1981 - 34 pages
...thou hast robbed me of my youth. (He dies.) HAL. Adieu, brave Hotspur. Fare thee well, great heart. When that this body did contain a spirit A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. I'll cover up thy face. (He lays a cloak or handkerchief over Hotspur's face and starts out. Sees Falstaff.)...
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The Heroic Idiom of Shakespearean Tragedy

James C. Bulman - Drama - 1985 - 254 pages
...tragedy firmly in the outmoded de casibus tradition: Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou shrunk! When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. (5.4.88-92) consciousness that, in its theatrical flexibility, transcends the monolithic heroic ethos....
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Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time

Lars Engle - Drama - 1993 - 266 pages
...much Hal has expanded: Fare thee well, great heart! Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou shrunk! When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...of zeal; But let my favours hide thy mangled face. And even in thy behalf I'll thank myself For doing these fair rites of tenderness. (5.4.86) Though...
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Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Hamlet, Henry IV

Peggy O'Brien, Folger Shakespeare Library - Education - 1994 - 226 pages
...tribute to the dead Hotspur: Fare thee well, great heart. Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk! When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...bears thee dead Bears not alive so stout a gentleman. (5.4.89-95) Hal's detractors will say it is easy for winners to be generous. Maybe so, but not all...
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Four Histories

William Shakespeare - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 865 pages
...amhition. Poorly woven stop (thoughts, life, and eventually, cloth shrank easily. HENRY IV, PART ONE V.4 Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead Bears...of zeal, But let my favours hide thy mangled face, And even in thy behalf I'll thank myself For doing these fair rites of tenderness. Adieu, and take...
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Shakespeare as Prompter: The Amending Imagination and the Therapeutic Process

Murray Cox, Alice Theilgaard - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 454 pages
...alter-ego and sparring partner, Hotspur, finishes the unfinished line: 'For worms, brave Percy. . . When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough.' (I Henry /KV.4.76) Dramatic presentation is sometimes accused of being unrealistic when the dying,...
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A Buddhist's Shakespeare: Affirming Self-deconstructions

James Howe - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 273 pages
...alternatives his world has seemed to offer. He speaks first to his most recent choice, saying of Hotspur, When that this body did contain a spirit A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. (5.4.89-92) Its danger past, Percy's ambition is seen to reflect a noble spirit. Nonetheless, Hal's...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound; But now two paces of the vilest eartb S BRUTUS. You did. CASSIUS. I did not: — he was but a fool that brought My answer And, even in thy behalf, I'll thank myself For doing these fair rites of tenderness. Adieu, and take...
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The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, Volume 1

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1968 - 254 pages
...dust, And food for 'For worms,1 adds Hal, as Percy dies before being able to complete his sentence. When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. . . . But let my favours hide thy mangled face. . . . V.4.88-95 Hal speaks sadly, regretfully; there...
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