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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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Shakespearean Metadrama: The Argument of the Play in Titus Andronicus, Love ...

James L. Calderwood - Literary Criticism - 1971 - 204 pages
...him but also her independence from him. It means recognizing that language is like Nature in that she never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. (Measure for Measure, 1.1.37-41) The trouble with lyric celibacy is that it fails to acknowledge...
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The Yale Literary Magazine, Volume 27, Issue 8

1862
...justly receive censure for time misspent and thoughts thrown away. As grand Will Shakspeare has it,— " Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence,...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use." It is well written of the hours, on the old sun-dial at Oxford, " Pereunt et Imputantur." sw...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Fiction - 1995 - 106 pages
...of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touched But to fine issues;3 nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her...creditor, Both thanks and use.4 But I do bend my speech 40 To one that can my part in him advertise. Hold, therefore, Angelo:5 [He offers a document to Angelo....
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Subjects on the World's Stage: Essays on British Literature of the Middle ...

David G. Allen, Robert A. White - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 319 pages
...18. This theme is perhaps most articulately expressed in the opening scene of Measure for Measure: Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence,...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. (1.1.36-40) Inescapably, we are reminded of the charged significance of the parable of the talents...
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Making Trifles of Terrors: Redistributing Complicities in Shakespeare

Harry Berger, Peter Erickson - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 487 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. But I do bend my speech To one that can my part in him advertise: Hold therefore, Angelo. In our...
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Shakespearean Power and Punishment: A Volume of Essays

Gillian Murray Kendall - Drama - 1998 - 219 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. (1.1.32-40) "Thanks, but no thanks," might be the reply of the heroic actor cast as a mere torchbearer....
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Adaptations of Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology of Plays from the ...

Daniel Fischlin, Mark Fortier - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 320 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. But I do spend my speech To one that can my part in him advertise. Hold therefore, Angelo: (Removes...
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Romance and Reformation: The Erasmian Spirit of Shakespeare's Measure for ...

Robert B. Bennett - Drama - 2000 - 189 pages
...for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence,...determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. (1.1.32-40)'7 This cosmos is in a dynamic state of becoming; and in it humans are called to be...
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Shakespeare: la invención de lo humano

Harold Bloom - Characters and characteristics in literature - 2001 - 734 pages
...una diosa avara, determina Ella misma la gloria de un acreedor, A la vez la gratitud y el uso.' i. nor nature never lends / The smallest scruple of her...determines / Herself the glory of a creditor, / Both (lumks and use [Ii36-40] Vincentio, duque de Viena, se está tomando unas vacaciones de la realidad...
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Women and Radicalism in the Nineteenth Century: Specific controversies

Mike Sanders - Social Science - 2001 - 624 pages
...alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues: nor nature never tends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like...determines Herself the glory of a Creditor, Both thanks and use." SHAKSPEARE. The moral virtues! how inspiring is the theme, replete as it is with all that can...
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