- I'll have them fly to India for gold,
Ransack the ocean for orient pearl.
Doctor Faustus (1604) act 1, sc. 1
- Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Doctor Faustus (1604) act 1, sc. 3
- Was this the face that launched a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!
Doctor Faustus (1604) act 5, sc. 1
- Now hast thou but one bare hour to live,
And then thou must be damned perpetually.
Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of heaven,
That time may cease, and midnight never come.
Doctor Faustus (1604) act 5, sc. 2
- O lente lente currite noctis equi.
The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike,
The devil will come, and Faustus must be damned.
Doctor Faustus (1604) act 5, sc. 2; see Ovid
- My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns,
Shall with their goat feet dance an antic hay.
Edward II (1593) act 1, sc. 1
- Where both deliberate, the love is slight;
Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?
Hero and Leander (1598) First Sestiad, l. 175
- I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.
The Jew of Malta (c.1592) prologue
- Thus methinks should men of judgement frame
Their means of traffic from the vulgar trade,
And, as their wealth increaseth, so enclose
Infinite riches in a little room.
The Jew of Malta (1592) act 1, sc. 1
- barnardine: Thou hast committed—
barabas: Fornication? But that was in another country: and besides, the wench is dead.
The Jew of Malta (1592) act 4, sc. 1
- Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods or steepy mountain yields.
- By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.
‘The Passionate Shepherd to his Love’
- Is it not passing brave to be a king,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis?
Tamburlaine the Great (1590) pt. 1, act 2, sc. 5
- Holla, ye pampered jades of Asia!
What, can ye draw but twenty miles a day…?
Tamburlaine the Great (1590) pt. 2, act 4, sc. 3; see Shakespeare