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All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Henry IV Part 1
Henry IV Part 2
Henry VI Part 1
Henry VI Part 2
Henry VI Part 3
King Edward III
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale
A Lover's Complaint
The Phoenix and Turtle
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
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malady of France
man at arms
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many a day, for this
mate and make
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moon, below the
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reach, aim, range
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notable sight, object of serious attention
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[Cleopatra to Messenger] But, sirrah, mark, we use / To say the dead are well
[First Lord to Duke Senior, of a wounded deer] Much marked of the melancholy Jaques
[Corin to Rosalind as Ganymede, of a meeting between Silvius and Phebe] Go hence a little and I shall conduct you, / If you will mark it
[Phebe to Silvius, of Rosalind as Ganymede] There be some women, ... had they marked him / In parcels, as I did
[Rosalind as Ganymede to Silvius, of Phebe] mark how the tyrant writes
[Oliver to Rosalind as Ganymede and Celia as Aliena] mark what object did present itself!
[Courtesan to Pinch, of Antipholus of Ephesus] Mark how he trembles in his ecstasy
[Menenius to Citizens] You, my good friends, this says the belly, mark me
[Brutus to Sicinius, of Martius] Marked you his lip and eyes?
[Martius to Soldiers, of entering the city] Mark me, and do the like
[Brutus to Sicinius, of what Coriolanus has said] Mark you that?
[Menenius to all, of Coriolanus] Mark his behaviour
[Coriolanus to all, of what Sicinius has just said] Mark you / His absolute ‘shall’?
[Sicinius to Plebeians, of what Coriolanus has said] Mark you this, people?
[Coriolanus to the Volscians] Aufidius, and you Volsces, mark
[Menenius to all, of Coriolanus] Mark what mercy his mother shall bring from him
[First Gentleman to Second Gentleman] if this be worth your hearing, / Mark it
[Warwick to Countess] mark how I unsay my words again
[Barnardo to Horatio, of the Ghost] Looks 'a not like the King? Mark it
[Ghost to Hamlet] Mark me
[Polonius to Reynaldo, of what he has been saying] do you mark this
[Polonius to Reynaldo, of criticism of Laertes] As 'twere a thing a little soiled i'th' working, / Mark you
[Ophelia to Hamlet] I'll mark the play
[Polonius to Claudius, of Ophelia and her letter] Who in her duty and obedience, mark, / Hath given me this
[Polonius to Claudius, of Hamlet meeting Ophelia] Mark the encounter
[Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, of Polonius] I will prophesy he comes to tell me of the players. Mark it
[Polonius to Claudius, of what Hamlet has said] O ho! Do you mark that?
[First Player as King to his Queen] The great man down, you mark his favourite flies
[Ophelia to Gertrude] Say you? Nay, pray you, mark
[First Clown to Second Clown] If the man go to this water and drown himself, it is, will he nill he, he goes, mark you that
[Hamlet to Horatio, of watching Ophelia's funeral] Couch we awhile, and mark
[Hamlet to Laertes] That is Laertes, a very noble youth. Mark
[Falstaff to Prince Hal] An old lord of the Council rated me the other day in the street about you, sir, but I marked him not
[Prince Hal to Falstaff, responding to ‘Dost thou hear me, Hal?’] Ay, and mark thee too, Jack
[Poins to Falstaff, taking up Hal's ‘hear me speak but this’] Mark, Jack!
[Prince Hal to Falstaff] mark now how a plain tale shall put you down
[Mortimer to all, of a river] mark how he bears his course
[Hotspur to all] in the way of bargain, mark ye me, / I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair
[Hotspur to Mortimer, of listening to Glendower] I cried ‘Hum’, and ‘Well, go to!’ / But marked him not a word
[Falstaff to Lord Chief Justice] it is the disease of not listening, the malady of not marking, that I am troubled withal
[Falstaff to Shallow, of King Henry V] do but mark the countenance that he will give me
[King Henry to Montjoy] Mark then abounding valour in our English
[Pistol to French Soldier] Perpend my words, O Signieur Dew, and mark
[Fluellen to Gower, of killing the boys] 'tis as arrant a piece of knavery, mark you now, as can be offert
[Fluellen to Gower] If you mark Alexander's life well
[Mortimer to Richard, of those previously involved in the succession] But mark: as in this haughty great attempt / They laboured to plant the rightful heir, / I lost my liberty
[Gloucester to King] if your grace mark every circumstance, / You have great reason to do Richard right
[Pucelle to Burgundy] Call we to mind, and mark but this for proof: / Was not the Duke of Orleans thy foe?
[Prince to Oxford] mark how Lewis stamps as he were nettled
[King Henry to all] Then mark th'inducement
[Cardinal to Cromwell] Mark but my fall
[Patience to Griffith, of Katherine] Mark her eyes
[Cassius to Brutus, of Caesar] I did mark / How he did shake
[Cassius to Brutus, of Caesar] that tongue of his, that bade the Romans / Mark him and write his speeches in their books
[Casca to Brutus and Cassius, of how Caesar was offered the crown] it was mere foolery; I did not mark it
[Artemidorus reading his letter to Caesar] mark well Metellus Cimber
[Brutus to Cassius, of Popilius] Look how he makes to Caesar: mark him
[Fourth Plebeian to others, of Antony] Marked ye his words?
[Fourth Plebeian to others, of Antony] Now mark him; he begins again to speak
[Antony to all, of Brutus' stab-wound] Mark how the blood of Caesar followed it
[Queen Eleanor to King John, of the French] Mark, how they whisper
[Cardinal Pandulph to Lewis the Dauphin] therefore mark: / John hath seized Arthur
[Hubert to Salisbury] I would not have you, lord, forget yourself ... / Lest I, by marking of your rage, forget / Your worth
[Fool to Lear, of his rhyme] Mark it, nuncle
[Gonerill to Albany, of what Lear has said] Do you mark that?
[Lear to Regan, of his kneeling] Do you but mark how this becomes the house
[disguised Edgar alone] Mark the high noises
[Lear to Gloucester] Read thou this challenge; mark but the penning of it
[Lear to Gloucester] I will preach to thee--Mark!
[Edmund to Captain, of carrying out his orders] Mark, I say ‘instantly’
[Boyet to Maria] A mark! O, mark but that mark! [second instance]
[Berowne to Dumaine] Once more I'll mark how love can vary wit
[King to Longaville and Dumaine] I have been closely shrouded in this bush / And marked you both
[Mote to all, of the audience] They do not mark me, and that brings me out
[Katharine to Dumaine] I'll mark no words that smooth-faced wooers say
[of Tarquin] Harmless Lucretia, marking what he tells
[Beatrice to Benedick] I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick; nobody marks you
[Benedick to Don Pedro, of Claudio] mark you this, on my allegiance--he is in love
[masked Bbeatrice to masked Benedick, of Benedick] he'll but break a comparison or two on me, which, peradventure not marked or not laughed at, strikes him into melancholy
[Friar to all, of Hero] I have marked / A thousand blushing apparitions / To start into her face
[Captain to Duncan] Mark, King of Scotland, mark!
[Ross to Macduff, of Scotland] Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rent the air / Are made, not marked
[Doctor to Gentlewoman, of what Lady Macbeth has said] Do you mark that?
[Pompey to Escalus, of Froth] Doth your honour mark his face?
[Angelo to Isabella] But mark me; / To be received plain, I'll speak more gross
[disguised Duke to Isabella, of the events affecting Mariana] mark how heavily this befell to the poor gentlewoman
[disguised Duke to Isabella] Mark what I say
[Titania to Oberon, of the mother of her Indian boy] [she] sat with me on Neptune's yellow sands / Marking th'embarked traders on the flood
[Oberon to Puck] Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell
[Bottom singing, of various birds] Whose note full many a man doth mark
[Puck to Oberon] Fairy king, attend, and mark
[Theseus to Hippolyta] We will ... up to the mountain's top, / And mark the musical confusion / Of hounds and echo in conjunction
[Bottom as Pyramus to himself] But mark, poor Knight, / What dreadful dole is here?
[Shylock to Antonio] Mark what Jacob did
[Antonio to Bassanio, of Shylock] Mark you this, Bassanio, / The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose
[Launcelot to himself, of talking to Gobbo] Mark me now, now will I raise the waters
[Gratiano to Shylock, of Portia as Balthasar] Mark, Jew. O learned judge!
[Lorenzo to Jessica] Mark the music
[Portia to all, of what Bassanio has said] Mark you but that!
[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of what happened] mark the sequel,
[Evans to William] Pray you mark
[Iago to Roderigo] You shall mark / Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave
[Iago to Roderigo, of Desdemona] Mark me with what violence she first loved the Moor
[Iago to Roderigo, of Desdemona and Cassio] Didst thou not see her paddle with the palm of his hand? Didst not mark that?
[Iago to Othello, of Cassio] Do but encave yourself, / And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns / That dwell in every region of his face
[Iago to Othello, of Cassio] I say, but mark his gestures
[Iago to Lodovico, of Othello] Do but go after, / And mark how he continues
 While Philomela sits and sings, I sit and mark, / And wish her lays were tuned like the lark
[Bawd to Marina] Mark me
[Lysimachus to Marina, of Pericles] Marked he your music?
[Bolingbroke to Mowbray] mark my greeting well
[Bolingbroke to all] March on, and mark King Richard, how he looks
[Richard to all] Now mark me how I will undo myself
[Richard to Bolingbroke] Mark ... the moral of this sport
[Exton to man, of King Henry] Didst thou not mark the King, what words he spake?
[Richard to Murderers] Clarence is well-spoken, and perhaps / May move your hearts to pity if you mark him
[Richard to Buckingham] Marked you not / How that the guilty kindred of the Queen / Looked pale
[Scrivener aloneg, of what he has written] mark how well the sequel hangs together
[Romeo to Nurse] Thou dost not mark me
[Capulet to Lady Capulet, of Jujliet] bid her - mark you me?- on Wednesday next
[of instruments] Mark how one string, sweet husband to another, / Strikes each in each by mutual ordering
 Mark how with my neglect I do dispense
[Pandarus to Cressida, of the soldiers] mark Troilus above the rest.
[Pandarus to Cressida] Mark him, note him. O brave Troilus!
[Achilles to Myrmidons] Mark what I say
[Prospero to Miranda] I pray thee mark me
[Prospero to Miranda, of his brother] Mark his condition and th'event
[Gonzalo to Alonso] do you mark me, sir?
[Prospero to the lords, of Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban] Mark but the badges of these men
[Launce alone, of his sister] Mark the moan she makes
[Launce alone, to his dog] Did not I bid thee still mark me and do as I do?
[Lucius's Servant to all] Mark how strange it shows / Timon in this should pay more than he owes
[Tamora to Aaron, of the hounds] Let us sit down and mark their yellowing noise
[Titus to Lucius, of the tribunes hearing him] If they did hear, / They would not mark me; if they did mark, / They would not pity me
[Titus to Marcus] I stand as one upon a rock / Environed with a wilderness of sea, / Who marks the waxing tide grow wave by wave
[Titus to Marcus, of Lavinia] Mark, Marcus, mark! I understand her signs
[Orsino to Viola as Cesario, of a song] Mark it
[Maria to Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, of Malvolio] mark his first approach before my lady
[First Countryman to other Countrymen, of Arcite] This fellow has a vengeance trick o'th' hip; / Mark how his body's made for't
[Pirithous to Hippolyta, of disguised Arcite] Mark how his virtue, like a hidden sun, / Breaks through his baser garments
[Schoolmaster to Countrymen] I fling my cap up - mark there!
[Schoolmaster to Countrymen] And mark your cue
[Gaoler's Daughter to Gaoler, of Palamon] then let him mark me
[stage direction, of Sly and Page watching the play] They sit and mark
[Tranio to Lucentio] you looked so longly on the maid, / Perhaps you marked not what's the pith of all
[Tranio to Lucentio] Marked you not how her sister / Began to scold
[Hortensio as Licio to Tranio as Lucentio] Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching
[of Venus and Adonis' expression] This ill presage advisedly she marketh
[Venus to Adonis] when thou hast on foot the purblind hare, / Mark the poor wretch ... / How he outruns the wind
[Venus, of the echoes] She, marking them, begins a wailing note
[Camillo to Polixenes] mark my counsel
[Leontes to all, of Hermione] Look on her, mark her well
[Leontes to Antigonus, of the task to be done] Mark and perform it, see'st thou?
[Florizel to Shepherd] Mark our contract
[Polixenes to Florizel] Mark thou my words!
[Paulina to Leontes, of Hermione] Were I the ghost that walked, I'd bid you mark / Her eye, and tell me for what dull part in't / You chose her
[Leontes to all] follow me, / And mark what way I make
[Paulina to Leontes] Mark a little while
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