Tips for Use. Here is a quotation that, divided into sections, can be applied in three different contexts. That the best of rest is sleep, is a medical or fitness formula that requires no explanations. The addition “…and that thou oft provokes” can be included into a presentation as an ironic ending by the speaker, e.g. “If some of you has fallen asleep, remember… the lines, “The best of rest is sleep, and that thou oft provokest”. Or, referring to a boring speaker, “The best of rest is sleep and that he oft provoketh”. Finally the complete lines contain the inevitable truth that death is like a long sleep, offering a reason for not fearing it.
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In the play. Duke Vicentio holds a sobering conversation with Claudio who has been condemned to death by the evil Angelo in Vienna.
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