What if Shakespeare…were a TRAVEL AGENT?

Shakespeare – Globe-trotter, at your service

Over hill, over dale, / Thorough bush, thorough brier, / Over park, over pale, / Thorough flood, throrough fire, / I do wander everywhere, / Swifter than the moon’s sphere (1).  I will go on the slightest errand…to the Antipodes…I will fetch you a tooth-picker…from the furthest inch of Asia (2)  I speak of Africa and golden joys (3).  I’ll put a girdle round about the earth / In forty minutes (4).

I were simply the active fellow in Europe (5) – ay, my continent of beauty (6)!   Full of riches; / The people liberal, valiant, active, wealthy (7), private arbours and new-planted orchards, / On this side Tiber (8).  (Those girls of Italy, take heed of them / …beware of being captives, / Before you serve) (9).

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark (10), [but] behold the English beach, / Pales in the flood with men, with wives and boys (11).  I looked for the chalky cliffs (12), that white-faced shore, / Whose foot spurns back the ocean’s roaring tides (13).   The isle is full of noises, / Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight (43), the cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, / The solemn temples, the great globe itself (15).

Farewell, Monsieur Traveller; look you lisp and wear strange suits, disable all the benefits of your own country (16).

1)   A Midsummer Night’s Dream, II.i, 369-374

2)  Much Ado About Nothing, II.i, 645-648

3)  Henry IV, Part II; V.iii, 3508

4)  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, II.i, 547-548

5)  Henry IV, Part II; IV.iii; 2598-2599

6)  Love’s Labour’s Lost, IV.i, 1090

7)  Henry VI, Part II; IV.vii; 2676-2677

8)  Julius Caesar, III.ii, 1793-1794

9)  All’s Well That Ends Well; II.i; 612, 614-615

10)  Hamlet, I.iv, 728

11)  Henry V, V.0, 2839-2840

12)  Comedy of Errors, III.ii, 885

13)  King John, II.i, 308-309

14)  The Tempest, III.ii, 1533-1534

15)  The Tempest, IV.i, 1876-1877

16)  As You Like It, IV.i, 1826-1827

Shakespeare re-arranged by Laboni Islam

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