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" Lear. O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet Heaven ! Keep me in temper : I would not be mad ! — Enter Gentleman. "
The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare - Page 76
by William Shakespeare - 1821
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...Yes, indeed; thou would'st make a good fool. LEAR To take 't again perforce! Monster Ingratitude! FOOL If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I'd have thee beaten...How's that? FOOL Thou should'st not have been old till thou hadst been wise. LEAR O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! 40 Keep me in temper; I...
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Shakespeare's Tragic Sequence

Kenneth Muir - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 207 pages
...Goneril: 'I did her wrong." At the end of the act he has his first serious premonition of insanity: O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! Keep me in temper: I would not be mad! (Iv42-3) The third great shock comes when Lear finds Kent in the stocks. This insult to the royal dignity...
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Shakespeare: The Golfer's Companion

Syd Pritchard - Humor - 2005 - 147 pages
...dedication? It may well be all of these but WS suggests another ingredient- A cool head, in adversity. O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; Keep me in temper; I would not be mad ! [King Lear I v 43] Shall I be frighted when a madman stares? [Julius Caesar I v ii 40] Down, down...
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Journal of African Literature and Culture JALC-ALJ

African literature - 2006 - 227 pages
...tempestuous and he verges on the point of madness; he appears to be under forces other than himself: "O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! / keep me in temper; I would not be mad" (1 .v:38-39). When Cornwall challenges Kent on the question of his moral uprightness, the latter defends...
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Special Section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited

Graham Bradshaw, T. G. Bishop, Peter Holbrook - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 405 pages
...come gradually, that's another thing that's in the text. There are these quotable quotes, like "Oh let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! Keep me in temper; I would not be mad." He's not praying to heaven. He's saying to himself, "Don't lose it," trying to tamp down his own terrible...
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Distributed Cognition and the Will: Individual Volition and Social Context

Don Ross, David Spurrett, Harold Kincaid, G. Lynn Stephens - Philosophy - 2007 - 369 pages
...hold on perception. Any reality, no matter how bizarre, is better than no reality. As King Lear says: O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven, Keep me in temper: I would not be mad. (I,v) Civil Schizophrenia So far this discussion has circulated through several aspects of a single...
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A History of the Heart

O. M. H°ystad - History - 2007 - 254 pages
...acknowledge - himself. Nor to accede to this divine imperative is indeed madness, and leads to madness: 'O let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven! . . . Keep me in temper, I would not be mad!' Lear believes wits and truth are something he himself can decide on. But the person who places himself...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2007 - 215 pages
...beaten for being old before thy time. 35 Lear How's that? Fool Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise. Lear O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven. Keep me in temper.18 I would not19 be mad! 1 1 on 12 receptacle, covering, sheath, box 13 natural disposition...
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The Tragedy of King Lear: With Classic and Contemporary Criticisms

William Shakespeare - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 340 pages
...510To take't again ie, his royal authority 511 perforce hy force; hy constraint of necessity Fool. If thou wert my Fool, Nuncle, I'd have thee beaten...How's that? Fool. Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise. 45 Lear. O, let me not be mad,512 not mad, sweet heaven! Keep me in temper;513...
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