What if Shakespeare…HELD A PARTY?


Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies! (1) Cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast (2). With all my heart (3) and for your delight (4), [I shall play] the humble host (5).

Come, the table’s full, be large in mirth (6). Here is a place reserved (7), for anon we’ll drink a measure the table round (7). Give me some wine. Fill full! (8) I drink to the general joy o’ th’ whole table (9). [Let us] feed on nourishing dishes (10): [Here’s] a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton (11), and dates and quinces in the pastry (12). [Have some] rice (13), dates, and warden pies (14). [Or maybe] four pound of prunes (15)…stewed prunes (16). Nay, I jest! I jest! [As I am] a fellow of infinite jest (17). Let’s be red with mirth (18).

Sweet friends (19), ‘tis a night of revels! (20) How shall we beguile the lazy time if not with some delight? (21) What dances shall we have to wear away this long ago of three hours between our after-supper and bedtime? (22) Now let’s have a catch (23) of dancing shoes with nimble soles (24). Come, some music! Come, the trumpets, sackbuts, psalteries and fifes, tabours and cymbals (25), sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not (26). A hall, a hall, give room! – And foot it, girls. More light, you knaves! And turn the tables up, and quench the fire. The room is grown too hot! (27)

Of these most brisk and giddy-paced times (28), ’tis too late to go to bed now (29). For it is a way to make us better friends, more known (30). [I thank thee for thy] jest (31) and continual laughter (32).

  1. Romeo and Juliet, I. v. 14
  2. The Comedy of Errors, III. i. 27
  3. Richard III, III. iv. 34
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, V. i. 109
  5. Macbeth, III. iv. 4
  6. Macbeth, III. iv. 48
  7. Macbeth, III. iv. 49
  8. Macbeth, III. iv. 92
  9. Macbeth, III. iv. 93
  10. Othello, III. iii. 78
  11. Henry IV part 2, V. i. 23
  12. Romeo and Juliet, IV. iv. 2
  13. The Winter’s Tale, IV. iii. 39
  14. The Winter’s Tale, IV. iii. 47
  15. The Winter’s Tale, IV. iii. 49
  16. Henry IV part 1, III. iii. 40
  17. Hamlet, V. i. 161
  18. The Winter’s Tale, IV. iii. 63
  19. The Merchant of Venice, II. vi. 21
  20. Othello, II. iii. 29
  21. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, V. i. 40-41
  22. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, V. i. 34-35
  23. Twelfth Night, II. iii. 17
  24. Romeo and Juliet, I. iv. 15
  25. Coriolanus, V. iv. 3784
  26. The Tempest, III. ii. 136
  27. Romeo and Juliet, I. v. 32-33
  28. Twelfth Night, II. iv. 7
  29. Twelfth Night, II. iii. 166-167
  30. The Winter’s Tale, IV. iii. 74-75
  31. Henry IV part 2, V. i. 78
  32. Henry IV part 2, V. i. 74

(Shakespeare re-arranged by Vineeta)

Wordy Wednesday – “A dish fit for the gods”

After a weekend of feasting, it seems appropriate to explore one of Shakespeare’s more delicious offerings.

“A dish fit for the gods” may sound culinary, but originally it was anything but!  The phrase originally appeared in Julius Caesar (1601).  As Brutus plots the murder of Caesar he says, “…gentle friends, Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods…”.  Brutus wants Caesar dead, but he reminds his fellow conspirators of the importance of killing him without butchering the corpse, so as to make a proper offering to the gods.

Not quite the dish I was thinking of!