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Act I, Scene 129

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  • Shakespeare. The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
    Is lust in action; and till action, lust 1795
    Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
    Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
    Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight,
    Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
    Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait 1800
    On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
    Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
    Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
    A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
    Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream. 1805
    All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
    To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

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