Words Wednesday: William Shakespeare
Happy Words Wednesday! Today we feature a perennial favorite, William Shakespeare.
This quote comes from William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Believed to have been written in the late 1500s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the adventures of four young Athenians as they fall in and out of love in a remote forest controlled by fairies.
This text is spoken by Lysander to Hermia, describing the travails of impossible love.
“Or, if there were a sympathy in choice,
War, death, or sickness, did lay siege to it,
Making it momentary as a sound,
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;
Brief as the lightning in the collied night
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man hath power to say, Behold!
The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
So quick bright things come to confusion.”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act I, Scene I)