Tuesday, February 21, 2017

that hollow crown

King Arthur:
via | BBC Merlin
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king? 

{Richard II Act 3, Scene 2, by William Shakespeare}

4 comments:

  1. Hello! I love your blog so much; you have a really beautiful design!I love this blog post! I actually did something similar a few months back; I wrote a poem based on a line from Macbeth! I have followed your blog because I think it’s so good!!! I would love it if you had a look at my blog; I’m a very passionate teenage blogger but I’m quite new and really need the support! Thank you so much // Jeani xxx http://jeanithoughts.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Jeani! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! That poem sounds really cool. I'd love to check out your blog, thanks for leaving your link. xx

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  2. Oh my goodness! That particular picture and quote together is perfect!

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    1. aww thanks Ekaterina! ♥

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