rappin’ shakespeare

lust caution by angus mcdiarmid

Sonnet 129.

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action: and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight;
Past reason hunted; and no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait,
On purpose laid to make the taker mad.
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

Cool Joseph Fiennes and Devlin collaboration rapping Shakespeare. Detailed commentary on the sonnet.

photo: lust caution by angus mcdiarmid


  1. niall

    Gracias Carina. I’m not quite sure why that scene is right for new year – but anyway this is from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, a play about two of the characters from Hamlet.

    Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.

  2. Thanks for sharing Niall, I like this for the first day of the year and wish all your readers a Happy New Year 2012 full of health, joy and love!
    Let us go in together,
    And still your fingers on your lips, I pray.
    The time is out of joint—O cursèd spite,
    That ever I was born to set it right!
    Nay, come, let’s go together.

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