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" O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to "act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, Leash'd... "
Henry IV, pt. 2. Henry V. Henry VI, pts. 1-3 - Page 117
by William Shakespeare, John Payne Collier, Charles Symmons - 1836
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DocBook: The Definitive Guide, Volume 1

Norman Walsh - Computers - 1999 - 635 pages
...a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! </literallayout> < /blockquote> O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! — William Shakespeare, Henry V For additional examples, see also Part. — A list of the titles of...
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English Court Theatre, 1558-1642

John Astington - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 293 pages
...at other royal houses, like Oatlands, about which the Works accounts are silent. 74 3 Royal Theatres O. for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! But pardon, gentles all, The flat unraised spirits that hath dared On this unworthy scaffold 10 bring...
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Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre

Robert Weimann - Drama - 2000 - 298 pages
...stirring confidence in the dramatic powers of "invention" to serve and inspire the play's opening: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...himself. Assume the port of Mars, and at his heels (Leash'd in, like hounds) should famine, sword, and fire Crouch for employment. (1-8) To appropriate...
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Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield

Mark Blitz, William Kristol - Philosophy - 2000 - 326 pages
...choral interludes, beginning with the prologue, which sounds like a Homeric invocation of the muse: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars. (Prol.1-6) Shakespeare repeatedly presents military greatness in Henry V in terms of precedents from...
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Showing Like a Queen: Female Authority and Literary Experiment in Spenser ...

Katherine Eggert - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 289 pages
...for a Muse's inspiration into the playwright's desire for an unmatched stage, actors, and audience: O, for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! (1.Pro.1-4) Were all these wishes fulfilled, the result would be the appearance, rather than the representation,...
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Philosophical Shakespeares

John J. Joughin - Drama - 2000 - 128 pages
...nothing figured as zero which informs the conceit of the Prologue to Henry V. The opening peroration: 'O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest...act / And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!' (Prologue, 1—4) is followed by an apology for the 'flat unraised spirits' of the actors and 'unworthy...
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The Shakespeare Book of Lists: The Ultimate Guide to the Bard, His Plays ...

Michael LoMonico - Drama - 2001 - 232 pages
...—King Henry IV, Henry IV, Part 1 Who keeps the gate here, ho? —Lord Bardolph, Henry IV, Part 2 0 for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...himself, Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire Crouch for employment. —Chorus, Henry V Hung...
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Shakespearean Scholarship: A Guide for Actors and Students

Leslie O'Dell - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 413 pages
...Sixteenth Centuries. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1963. 5 Famous Players of the World Stage O For a Muse of Fire, that would ascend The brightest...to Act, And Monarchs to behold the swelling Scene. Chorus [HV Prologue, 1] It was inevitable that the best-known national figures would find themselves...
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Wrong Mountain

David Hirson - Poets, American - 2001 - 144 pages
...crowd.* MA URICE appears before the curtain. An anticipatory hush settles over the Audience.) MAURICE. "O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest...princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene ... !" (A look of dumbstruck terror crosses MAURICE'S face. He glances helplessly towards the wings.)...
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