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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: Comedy of errors ; Macbeth ; King John ... - Page 485
by William Shakespeare, Alexander Chalmers - 1847
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Shakespeare: From Richard II to Henry V

Derek Traversi - Literary Criticism - 1957 - 198 pages
...enemy's 'mangled face' with 'rites of tenderness,' we feel a weight correspondingly laid on vanity : When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom...now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. (v. iv) Beneath the formal quality of this 'epitaph,' giving personal content to the conventional gesture,...
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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...vilest earth Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead Bears not alive so stout a gentleman. If thou wert sensible of courtesy I should not make...
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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...vilest earth Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead Bears not alive so stout a gentleman. (5.4.89-95) Hal's detractors will say it is easy for...
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Four Histories

William Shakespeare - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 865 pages
...eventually, cloth shrank easily. HENRY IV, PART ONE V.4 Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead Bears not alive so stout a gentleman. If thou...show 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...
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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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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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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...small a bound; But now two paces of the vilest eartb Is room enough: — this earth that bears thee as but a fool that brought My answer face; And, even in thy behalf, I'll thank myself For doing these fair rites of tenderness. Adieu, and...
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