Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Next New Hamlet's Soliloquy (corrected manuscript
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1874
Type of Manuscript: holograph corrected copy
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- To be or not to be (that is the question!)
- A Hamlet far from Shakspere's first suggestion:
- Whether 'tis nobler in a chap to suffer
- New parts, or be a Great Shaksperian Duffer;
- And to endure perchance, like Arthur Orton
- The rotten-egg-showers of outrageous fortune,
- The critic's spurn, the verdict
“No Great Shakes”
- Which conscious merit of the unworthy takes:—
- Aye, to take arms against this sea of troubles,—
10Become the last of Hamlet's myriad doubles,—
tempt Fame's unknown country, from whose bourne
- Comes no one at whom some one has not sworn.
- Should a
chap play the parts that suit a cove,
- Or fly to others that he knows not of?
- Ah! Shakspere might make cowards of us all,
- From Edmund Kean to Mr. Howard Paul;
- But I'll be blowed if he makes
me sing small.
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