O, our feeble tests of greatness! Look for one so calm of soulAs to take the even chalice of his life and drink the whole.Noble deeds are held in honor, but the wide world sorely needsHearts of patience to unravel this, — the worth of common deeds.
The pellet with the poison's in the chalice from the palace The flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true.1955 Lines delivered by Danny Kaye in The CourtJester.
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly. If the assassination Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, With his surcease, success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We'd jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which being taught, return To plague the inventor: this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.William Shakespeare, in the first use of the word "assassination" in Macbeth (c. 1605)
The honey-bee that wanders all day long The field, the woodland, and the garden o'er, To gather in his fragrant winter store, Humming in calm content his winter song, Seeks not alone the rose's glowing breast, The lily's dainty cup, the violet's lips, But from all rank and noxious weeds he sips The single drop of sweetness closely pressed Within the poison chalice.Anne C. Lynch Botta, The Lesson of the Bee.