But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,


Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill:



Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not 'seems.'


'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,


Nor customary suits of solemn black,


Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,


No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,


Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage,


Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,


That can denote me truly: these indeed seem,


For they are actions that a man might play:


But I have that within which passeth show;


These but the trappings and the suits of woe.






O, that this too too solid flesh would melt

Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!

Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd

His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!

How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,

Seem to me all the uses of this world!

Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,

That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature

Possess it merely. That it should come to this!

But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:

So excellent a king; that was, to this,

Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother

That he might not beteem the winds of heaven

Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!

Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,

As if increase of appetite had grown

By what it fed on: and yet, within a month --

Let me not think on't -- Frailty, thy name is woman! --

A little month, or ere those shoes were old

With which she follow'd my poor father's body,

Like Niobe, all tears: -- why she, even she --

O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason,

Would have mourn'd longer-- married with my uncle,

My father's brother, but no more like my father

Than I to Hercules: within a month:

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears

Had left the flushing in her galled eyes,

She married. O, most wicked speed, to post

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!

It is not nor it cannot come to good:

But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue.