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" O God ! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times Make mountains level, and the continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea : and, other times, to see The beachy girdle of the ocean Too wide for Neptune's... "
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - 2002 - 398 pages
...be written. In the second part of the play, Henry IV makes a speech on the subject of time: O God, that one might read the book of fate And see the revolution...Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea! and other times to see The beachy girdle of the ocean Too wide for Neptune's hips; how chances mock,...
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The Shakespearian Tempest: With a Chart of Shakespeare's Dramatic Universe

G. Wilson Knight - 2002 - 360 pages
...existence. So the chances and changes of life are as the continual alteration of sea and land: O God ! that one might read the book of fate, And see the...Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea! and, other times, to see The beachy girdle of the ocean Too wide for Neptune's hips; how chances mock,...
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The Merciful Rebuke Satan: The Short Stories and Searing Vision of Howard Riell

Howard Riell - 2002 - 284 pages
...weeping as he reads. At the end of his prayer, he adds this from Shakespeare's King Henry IV: Oh God! that one might read the book of fate, and see the revolution of the times... " "I know the quote." "Oh, you do? Okay, I'll skip it, then. Let's see... Chapter TwentyFive. In the...
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Shakespeare's Serial History Plays

Nicholas Grene, Professor of English Literature Nicholas Grene - 2002 - 278 pages
...pessimism that he contemplates the past rather than with a personal sense of responsibility. 'O God, that one might read the book of fate / And see the revolution of the times' he exclaims. if this were seen, The happiest youth, viewing his progress through, What perils past,...
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Utopia & Revolution: On the Origins of a Metaphor

Melvin Jonah Lasky - 726 pages
...objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions . . . [Lovr's Labour's Lost, 4.2.66-68] KING: O God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the...the continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself In the sea! . . . [Henry IV, Part 2, 3.1.45-19] The word is only just beginning to take on new shape,...
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Henry IV, Part 2

William Shakespeare - 2011 - 400 pages
...medicine. My Lord Northumberland will soon be cooled. KING O God, that one might read the book of fate 45 And see the revolution of the times Make mountains...Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea, and other times to see 50-51. beachy . . . hips: The image here is of the shoreline worn like a girdle...
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History: Narration, Interpretation, Orientation

Jörn Rüsen - 2005 - 222 pages
...to quote a brief dialogue between King Henry IV and his noble counselor Warwick: KING HENRY 0 God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times ... . . . how chances mock, And changes fill the cup of alteration With divers liquors! O, if this...
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The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and what it Means for ...

Tim Fridtjof Flannery - 2006 - 359 pages
...that demands greater scrutiny. EIGHTEEN LEVELING THE MOUNTAINS Oh God, that one might read the hook of fate, And see the revolution of the times Make...Weary of solid firmness, — melt itself Into the sea! — William Shakespeare, Henry VI For every hundred yards you climb a mountain, the temperature drops...
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Shakespeare

Russell A. Fraser - 1988
...That is how Shakespeare's aged Henry IV understands "the revolution of the times." O God, that men might read the book of fate, And see the revolution...Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea! And other times to see The beachy girdle of the ocean Too wide for Neptune's hips, how chances mock,...
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The Second Part of King Henry IV

William Shakespeare, Giorgio Melchiori - 2007 - 266 pages
...restored With good advice and little medicine. My Lord Northumberland will soon be cooled. KING O God, that one might read the book of fate And see the revolution of the times 45 Make mountains level, and the continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea; and,...
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