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