|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Speak, that I may see thee. (Oratio imago animi.) Language most shews a man. No glass renders a mans form or likeness so true as his speech.|
Ben Jonson.Discoveries, Vol. IX. Page 223. (Gifford); and see the Spectator, No. 86.
|Speak, Ill go no further.|
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (To the Ghost.)
|Mistake me not, I speak but as I find.|
Shakespeare.Taming of the Shrew, Act II. Scene 1. (Baptista to Petruchio.)
|A heavier task could not have been imposed,|
Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable.
Shakespeare.Comedy of Errors, Act I. Scene 1. (Ægeon to the Duke.)
|More he endeavourd; but the accents hung,|
Half formd and stopt unfinishd on his tongue.
Garth.Claremont, Line 271.
|For in it lurks that nameless spell,|
Which speaks, itself unspeakable.
|I will speak daggers to her, but use none.|
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (Hamlet, at the very witching time of night.)
|You are speaking stones.|
Plautus.Aulularia, Act II. Scene 1. (Rileys Transl.) [Aristophanes says, in one of his plays, You are speaking roses to me.]
|Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear|
Your favours, nor your hate.
Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act I. Scene 3. (Banquo to the Witches.)
|What the devil ails the fellow? Why dont you speak out?not stand croaking like a frog in a quinsey!|
Sheridan.The Rivals, Act IV. Scene 2.
|I wish you could advance your voice a little.|
Ben Jonson.The Alchemist, Act I. Scene 1.
| How absolute the knave is;|
We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (Hamlet to Horatio.)
|I will put on clean linen, and speak wisely.|
Suckling.Brennoralt, Act II.
|Why dost thou not speak, thou art both as drunk and as mute as a fish.|
Congreve.The Way of the World, Act II. Scene 9.
|You can speak well; if your tongue deliver the message of your heart.|
Ford.The Suns Darling, Act V. Scene 1.
|In one scene no more than three should speak.|
Roscommon.Horaces Art of Poetry.
|I say you are wrong; we should speak all together, each for himself, and all at once, that we may be heard the better.|
Sheridan.St. Patricks Day, Act I. Scene 1.
|1. Hear me but speak.|
2. No, not in a cause against the king.
DAvenant.The Wits, Act V. Scene 1.
|All tongues speak of him.|
Shakespeare.Coriolanus, Act II. Scene 1. (Brutus to the Tribunes.)