The Uses of Adversity

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"Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,

Hath not old custom made this life more sweet

Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods

More free from peril than the envious court?

Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,

The seasons' difference, as the icy fang

And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,

Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,

Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say

'This is no flattery: these are counsellors

That feelingly persuade me what I am.'

Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life exempt from public haunt

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones and good in every thing.

I would not change it."

 

William Shakespeare

As You Like It

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Stephen Evans on Sunday, 09 January 2022 17:45

This was my speech when I played Duke Senior (and directed) As You Like It - With Midsummer Night's Dream the play has become my favorite Shakespeare.

This was my speech when I played Duke Senior (and directed) [i]As You Like It[/i] - With [i]Midsummer Night's Dream[/i] the play has become my favorite Shakespeare.
Rosy Cole on Sunday, 09 January 2022 22:33

That I should like to have heard :-) Am quite in tune with the sentiments here, particularly the last four lines.

That I should like to have heard :-) Am quite in tune with the sentiments here, particularly the last four lines.
Stephen Evans on Monday, 10 January 2022 13:52

Those are my favorite too.

Those are my favorite too.
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