Words Wednesday: William Shakespeare

Happy Words Wednesday! Today we feature a perennial favorite, William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream

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)

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