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" tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now ; if it be not now, yet it will come : the readiness is all : Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows, what is't to leave betimes ? "
Hamlet ; Othello - Page 342
by William Shakespeare - 1793
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Some Shakespearean Themes: And An Approach to 'Hamlet'

Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1966 - 259 pages
...come — if it be not to come, it will be now — if it be not now, yet it will come — the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. In my second lecture I made a truncated quotation from Professor CS Lewis which I must now give in...
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The Hamlet of Edwin Booth

Charles Harlen Shattuck - Performing Arts - 1969 - 321 pages
...not to COME, it WILL be NOW; if it be NOT NOW, yet it WILL COME; the readiness (starting to the left) is all. Since no man of aught he leaves, KNOWS, what is't to leave betimes. Let be (his voice drops, as if concluding the matter)." He pats Horatio's hand adjuringly as they go out:...
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Hamlet and Other Shakespearean Essays

L. C. Knights, Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1979 - 308 pages
...come — if it be not to come, it will be now — if it be not now, yet it will come — the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. In my second lecture I made a truncated quotation from Professor CS Lewis which I must now give in...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 32

Kenneth Muir - Drama - 2002 - 276 pages
...not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is't to leave betimes? Let be. (v, ii, 209—12) At the play's end, therefore, Hamlet has forgone the scholarly and philosophical...
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The Best of DQR, Volumes 1-10

Flor Aarts - Literary Criticism - 1984 - 332 pages
...come — if it be not to come, it will be now — if it be not now, yet it will come — the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. Those last words have a noble, haunting quality, and we certainly respond favourably to them; but to...
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Reading Voices: Literature and the Phonotext

Garrett Stewart, James O Freedman Professor of Letters University of Iowa Garrett Stewart - Literary Criticism - 1990 - 337 pages
...brief text of Hamlet's transfiguring acquiescence of course goes like this: "The readiness is al1. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is't to leave betimes? Let be" (5.2.222-24). Across the syntactic accumulation of this thought, and in colloquial continuity with...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1992 - 138 pages
...not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows: what is't to leave betimes? Let be.187 Enter ATTENDANTS to set a table and seating; TRUMPETERS and DRUMMERS; the KING, the QUEEN, LAERTES,...
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Some Necessary Questions of the Play: A Stage-centered Analysis of ...

Gene A. Smith, Robert E. Wood - History - 1994 - 171 pages
...to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come — the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. (V.ii.219-24) Hamlet has been reckless in the course of the play, but he has never before been "ready,"...
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And Flights of Angels

Terrence Ortwein - 1994 - 91 pages
...to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. (HAMLET, solo.) Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is't to leave betimes? Let be. (HORATIO signals. Flourish. Members of the court prepare a table with wine and cups. KING, QUEEN and...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it (will] come — the readiness is all. Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be. (V, ii, 219-223) Life has exhausted him, and he welcomes death as deliverance. His tone is noble, but...
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