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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XIII. Farewell
‘Fare thee well, great heart’
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From ‘The First Part of Henry IV’, Act V. Scene 4

Hotspur
FARE thee well, great heart!
Ill-weav’d ambition, how much art thou shrunk!
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        5
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 so dear a show of zeal:
But let my favours hide thy mangled face,        10
And, even in thy behalf, I’ll thank myself
For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven!
Thy ignomy sleep with thee in the grave,
But not remember’d in thy epitaph!        15
 
 
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