Shakespeare

BY MATTHEW ARNOLD

Others abide our question. Thou art free. 

We ask and ask—Thou smilest and art still, 

Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest hill, 

Who to the stars uncrowns his majesty,
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Planting his steadfast footsteps in the sea, 

Making the heaven of heavens his dwelling-place, 

Spares but the cloudy border of his base 

To the foil’d searching of mortality;
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And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams know, 

Self-school’d, self-scann’d, self-honour’d, self-secure, 

Didst tread on earth unguess’d at.—Better so!
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All pains the immortal spirit must endure, 

All weakness which impairs, all griefs which bow, 

Find their sole speech in that victorious brow.
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ShakespeareA reminder that on April 27 we will be reading and discussing poetry and other literature about, or inspired by, Shakespeare, his works and characters. Please bring your own selection of this genre for discussion and, if you wish, post it first on the blog via the CONTACT US page, or email it to me directly. See the SCHEDULE PAGE for selections posted to-date.

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