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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Crime
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

BETWEEN the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The genius and the mortal instruments
Are then in council; and the state of man,        5
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection.
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(From Macbeth.)

    TO beguile the time,
Look like the time.
 
 
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