Hedge-sparrow

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [1.4.211-214]. Fool. “For, you know, nuncle,/ ‘The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long/ That it had it head bit off by it young.’/ So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling.”

Peascod

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [1.4.191-197]. Fool. “Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; so your face bids me, though you say nothing./ Mum, mum,/ He that keeps nor crust nor crumb,/ Weary of all, shall want some. [Pointing to Lear.] That’s a sheal’d peascod.”

Plant (v.)

May 15, 2009

King Lear, [1.1.219-224]. France. “Sure, her offense/ Must be of such unnatural degree/ That monsters it, or your fore-vouch’d affection/ Fall into taint, which to believe of her/ Must be a faith that reason without miracle/ Should never plant in me.”

Branch

May 1, 2009

As You Like It, [4.2.3-6]. Jaques. “Let’s present him to the Duke, like a Roman conqueror; and it would do well to set the deer’s horns upon his head, for a branch of victory. Have you no song, forester, for this purpose?”

Boughs

May 1, 2009

As You Like It, [2.7.108-118]. Orlando. “But whate’er you are/ that in this desert inaccessible,/ under the shade of melancholy boughs,/ lose and neglect the creeping hours of time;/ if ever you have look’d on better days,/ If ever been where bells have knoll’d to church,/ if ever sat at any good man’s feast/ if ever from your eyelids wip’d a tear/ And know what ’tis to pity and be pitied,/ let gentleness my strong enforcement be,/ in the which hope I blush and hide my sword.”