WSJ; Notable & Quotable: King Richard Speaking In William Shakespeare's Play, 1592

"RICHARD III" (Shakespeare has the reputation of being the best writer in the whole world)
"The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight.
Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh,
What do I fear? myself? there's none else by:
Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.

Is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am:
Then fly. What, from myself? Great reason why:
Lest I revenge. what, myself upon myself?
Alack, I love myself. Wherefore? for any good
That I myself have done unto myself?

O, not alas, I rather hate myself
For hateful deeds committed by myself!
I am a villain: yet I lie. I am not.
Fool, of thyself speak well: fool, do not flatter.
My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.

Perjury, perjury, in the high'st degree.
Murder, stem murder, in the direst degree;
All several sins, all used in each degree,
Throng to the bar, crying all, Guilty! Guilty!

I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die no creature loves me;
And if I die, no soul shall pity me;
Nay, wherefore should they, since that I myself
FInd in myself no pity to myself?
Methought the souls of all that i had murder'd
Came to my tent; and every one did threat
To-morrow's vengeaance on the head of Richard."