Copy & paste this link to your blog or website to reference this page
Quotation by Shakespeare
Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid.
Fly away, fly away, breath,
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 2, sc. 4, l. 51-4.
A song for Orsino; a reminder of mortality, as cypress was an emblem of mourning; the image is of the lover slain by the power of a maid's beauty, suggesting also Cupid's arrow.
Surprise me with a
The Columbia World of Quotations © 1996, Columbia University Press.
Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by written agreement, the following are prohibited: copying substantial portions or the entirety of the work in machine readable form, making multiple printouts thereof, and other uses of the work inconsistent with U.S. and applicable foreign copyright and related laws.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.