More plays by rivals of Corneille and Racine by Lacy Lockert

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Hardy's vocabulary is antiquated; the existing text of his plays is very corrupt, and its punctuation is so haphazard as to be almost valueless. Again and again his meaning is ambiguous or obscure; the words he uses often seem flat or inane; we cannot be sure of the exact sense in which he uses them. There are apparently strange grammatical constructions and amazing ellipses; sometimes what the lines say cannot be right. In rendering him, one naturally gives him the benefit of any doubt and chooses the English words that express what it seems should be his meaning.

The distance of those days long since gone by And the diversity of things subsequent Will have effaced the memory of his purpose. The grave now holding his anxiety's source (Antony, who he feared would seek thy bed, Who would, he knew, for love's cause break his word And whom thy beauty's fame had moved already, Now breeding in him no more distrust or dread) Thou likewise hast no prospect now of danger And naught henceforth should mar your wedded love. Page 19 MARIAMNE. Oh, silly, silly Woman! Stupid crone!

What I have heard makes my hair stand on end. My limbs are paralyzed by its monstrous horror. O sky, O earth, O sea, alas! how can Ye bear such great abominations midst us? Page 31 She whom I trusted with my life and fortunes, She whom I shared all things in common with And loved a hundred times more than myself, Violates nature and the most sacred laws, Bays for my death, lives only to destroy me, Seeks but to rob me of my life and throne Fit recompense for all I did for her. I pray you, dear ones, counsel me herein.

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