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Test yourself on the first utterances in Sh’s Plays!

Alright, we can agree by the number that Two Noble Kinsmen is not one of them. Some are obvious, others not so.

Here they are in no particular order or chronology:

1.  “Cease to persuade my loving Proteus;

2.  “Let fame that all hunt after in their lives

3. ˜Proceed, Solanus, to procure my fall

4. ˜Two households both alike in dignity

5.  “I’ll pheeze you in faith

6. ˜Now say Chatillon, what would France with us

7. ˜Now fair Hippolyta our nuptial hour draws on apace

8. ˜In sooth I know not why I am so sad

9. ˜Old John of Gaunt, time-honoured Lancaster

10. ˜So shaken as we are so wan with care

11. ˜Rumour open your ears; for which of you will stop the vent of hearing when loud rumour speaks

12. ˜Sir Hugh persuade me not

13. ˜I learn in this letter Don Pedro of Aragon comes this night to Messina

14. ˜In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband

15. ˜O for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention

16. ˜As I remember Adam, it was upon this fashion

17. ˜To sing a song that old was sung, from ashes Ancient Gower is come

18. ˜If music be the food of love play on

19. ˜Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night

20. ˜As by your high imperial majesty

21. ˜I wonder how the king escaped our hands

22. ˜Good day sir

23. ˜Now is the winter of our discontent

24. ˜Aeschulus!

25. ˜I come no more to make you laugh

26. ˜You do not meet a man but frowns

27. ˜Bosun!

28. ˜I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall

29. ˜Before we proceed any further hear me speak

30. ˜If you shall chance Camillo, to visit Bohemia

31. ˜In Troy, there lies a scene

32. ˜Who’s there?

33. ˜Hence! Home you idle creatures get you home

34. ˜When shall we three meet again

35. ˜Nay, but this dotage of our generals o’erflows the measure

36. ˜Noble Patricians patrons of my right

37. ˜Tush! never tell me

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  1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  2. Love’s Labours Lost
  3. Comedy of Errors
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Taming of the Shrew
  6. King John
  7. Midsummer Night’s Dream
  8. The Merchant of Venice
  9. Richard the Second
  10. Henry the Fourth part 1
  11. Henry the Fourth part 2
  12. Merry Wives of Windsor
  13. Much Ado About Nothing
  14. Alls Well that Ends Well
  15. Henry the Fifth
  16. As You Like It
  17. Pericles
  18. Twelfth Night
  19. Henry the Sixth part 1
  20. Henry the Sixth part 2
  21. Henry the Sixth part 3
  22. Timon of Athens
  23. Richard the Third
  24. Measure for Measure
  25. Henry the Eighth
  26. Cymbeline
  27. The Tempest
  28. King lear
  29. Coriolanus
  30. A Winter’s Tale
  31. Troilus and Cressida
  32. Hamlet
  33. Julius Caesar
  34. Macbeth
  35. Anthony and Cleopatra
  36. Titus Andronicus
  37. Othello