The Bard Goes West

William Shakespeare

This weekend the Covid Bored turn to the Bard for entertainments. I assembled some of the more memorable lines from the works of William Shakespeare thinking they might string together nicely.

When I was done I was even more Covid Bored so I decided to Americanize the accent.

This podcast answers the question “What would William Shakespeare sound like if he had been born in the American West three or four hundred years after 1564? “

At least I hope it does. Here are the works and the lines I put down, and only now see I repeated myself because I am Covid Bored.

Henry V, Act I Chorus

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 stage.

Henry V, Act I Chorus

For ‘tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, carry them here and there, jumping over times, turning the accomplishment of many years into an hourglass

Agincourt, Henry V, Act IV

Henry V, Act I Chorus

Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars, and at his heels, leashed in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire crouch for employment.

Henry VI Act III scene i

These days are dangerous. Virtue is choked with foul Ambition, and Charity chased hence by Rancour’s hand.  

Henry V, Act IV scene iii

He that have no stomach for this fight. Let him depart, his passport shall be made and crowns for convoy put into his purse.

   As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII   

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;

Henry V, Act I Chorus

For ‘tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, carry them here and there, jumping over times, turning the accomplishment of many years into an hourglass

Julius Caesar, Act III, scene i

Et tu, Brute?

Two Gentlemen of Verona Act V, scene iv

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stafford Upon Avon, April 2018

The private wound is deepest.

Merchant of Venice Act Act II scene vii

All that glitters is not gold.

Julius Caesar, Act III, scene ii

This was the most unkindest cut of all.

Sonnet 132

Beauty herself is black

Henry V, Act IV scene i

Upon the King! Let us our lives, our souls, Our debts our careful wives, Our children and our sins, lay upon the King!

Henry V, Act II scene ii

Uncle of Exeter, Enlarge the man committed yesterday that railed against our person; We consider it was excess of wine that set him on, And on his more advice we pardon him.

Julius Caesar, Act III, scene i

Et tu, Brute?

Sonnet 3

Writing space in the Bard’s Stafford Home.

 Die single, and thine image dies with thee.

 Much Ado About Nothing Act V, Scene iv

Thou art sad: get thee a wife, get thee a wife!

Much Ado About Nothing Act II Scene 3

The world must be peopled

Measure for Measure Act II scene ii

His face is the worst thing about him.

Merchant of Venice Act Act II scene i

Portia, Nobleman from the Merchant of Venice

Mislike me not for my complexion

Midsummer Nights Dream Act III scene ii

Though she be but little, she is fierce.

Henry V, Act V scene ii

You have witchcraft in your lips.

Shakespeare, bored.

I know no ways to mince it in love but directly say “I love you”.

Two Noble Kinsman Act III  scene v

As mad as a March hare.

Othello Act I scene i

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve.

Anthony and Cleopatra Act I, Scene V

My salad days when I was green in judgment

Merchant of Venice Act Act II scene vii

All that glitters is not gold.


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