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" Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely... "
The Plays of William Shakspeare - Page 336
by William Shakespeare - 1822
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Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare's Problem Plays

A. G. Harmon - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 195 pages
...belongings Are not thine own so proper as to waste thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee. (1.1.29-31) and Nature never lends the smallest scruple of her excellence...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. (1.1.36-40) Here, Angelo resembles the young man of the first sonnets, whom the poet scolds for...
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Mystery of the Black Tower

John Palmer (Jun.) - Fiction - 2005 - 183 pages
...of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, But to fine issues: nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. SHAKESPEARE. "SIR Bertram was a Knight renowned alike for courtesy and valour; while yet a youth,...
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Shakespeare's Heroines

Anna Murphy Jameson - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 464 pages
...philosophical Duke observes in the very first scene — Spirits are not finely touched, But to fine issues: nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her...determines, Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.* This profound and beautiful sentiment is illustrated in the character and destiny of Isabella....
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Shakespeare's Tragic Sequence

Kenneth Muir - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 207 pages
...forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues; nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. (Ii3off.) Vincentio is appropriately using the scriptural argument of the parable of the talents,...
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A Place in the Story: Servants and Service in Shakespeare's Plays

Linda Anderson - Drama - 2005 - 339 pages
...forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touched But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.3 It may, of course, be argued that the Duke himself, like Angelo, fails to rise to this ideal...
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Shakespearian Comedy

H. B. Charlton - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 303 pages
...forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. This is a point of view which not only hopes for a larger nobility in life, but seeks to promote...
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Shakespeare's Rhetoric of Comic Character: Dramatic Convention in Classical ...

Karen Newman - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 168 pages
...his words to his proxy strike the first note of the play's recurring theme of measure for measure: nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence,...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. (I, i, 36-40) The problem of measure for measure is, of course, endlessly debated: should Angelo...
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