|English 366B, Section S02: Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies > Hamlet: The Paradox of Christian Revenge|
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you . . . and unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also the other . . . Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; forgive and ye shall be forgiven . . . for with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
(Luke 6: 27-38)
But howsomever thou pursues this act,
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven.