Dost thou love pictures? We will fetch thee straight Adonis painted by a running brook, and Cytherea all in sedges hid (1). A thousand moral paintings I can show that shall demonstrate these quick blows of Fortune’s more pregnantly than words (2).
O proper stuff! This is the very painting of your fear (3). A Death’s-head or a memento mori (4). Have I frightened thee (5)?
What’s here? the portrait of (6) a virtuous gentlewoman, mild and beautiful (7). Here in her hairs the painter plays the spider and hath woven a golden mesh to entrap the hearts of me (8). Good my lord, forbear: The ruddiness upon her lip is wet; You’ll mar it if you kiss it, stain your own with oily painting (9).
For your many courtesies I thank you: I must discontinue your company (10). Inspiration of celestial grace (11) has struck (12); I wish (13) to create (14).
1) The Taming of the Shrew, Prologue, 193-6
2) Timon of Athens, I.i, 110-12
3) Macbeth, III.iv, 1347-8
4) Henry IV, Part II, III.iii, 2036
5) Henry IV, Part II, III,I, 1710
6) The Merchant of Venice, II.ix, 1184
7) The Two Gentlemen of Verona, IV.iv, 221
8) The Merchant of Venice, III.ii, 1489-1492
9) The Winter’s Tale, V.iii, 3384-7
10) Much Ado About Nothing, V.i, 2262-3
11) Henry VI, Part I, V.iv, 2711
12) Henry V, IV.viii, 2735
13) All’s Well That Ends Well, I.i, 180
14) Henry VI, Part III, IV.iii, 2207
Shakespeare re-arranged by Lisa
Image: ClipArt ETC – Kantner Book of Objects 114