Troilus and Cressida

Patroclus  Who’s there? Thersites! Good Thersites, come in and rail.

Thersites  If I could have remembered a gilt counterfeit, thou wouldst not have slipped out of my contemplation: but it is no matter; thyself upon thyself! The common curse of mankind, folly and ignorance, be thine in great revenue! heaven bless thee from a tutor, and discipline come not near thee! Let thy blood be thy direction till thy death! then, if she that lays thee out says thou art a fair corpse, I’ll be sworn and sworn upon’t she never shrouded any but lazars. Amen. Where’s Achilles?

Patroclus  What! art thou devout? wast thou in prayer?

Thersites  Ay; the heavens hear me!

(Act II, Scene III)

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