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Hamlet, Act I, Scene I [Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes]

Marcellus to Horatio and Bernardo, after seeing the Ghost,


Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
This bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,
The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, regarded as the foremost dramatist of his time, wrote more than thirty plays and more than one hundred sonnets, all written in the form of three quatrains and a couplet that is now recognized as Shakespearean.

Date Published: 1603-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/hamlet-act-i-scene-i-some-say-ever-gainst-season-comes