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" In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? "
Merchant of Venice. As you like it - Page 73
by William Shakespeare - 1785
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In the Name of Humanity: Speaking Out Against Circumcision

Joseph Lewis, Paul Tice - Religion - 2003 - 160 pages
...thinking about this frightful and cruel mutilation upon an innocent and helpless infant when he said, "In religion, What damned error but some sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text Nor is this ritual performance of blind superstition 6 Galatians 5, v. 2. without its tragic results....
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Festschrift für Peter Schlechtriem zum 70. Geburtstag

Peter Schlechtriem, Ingeborg H. Schwenzer, Günter Hager - Law - 2003 - 955 pages
...sert trier, car le Diahle ne comiait pas I' intent de I'homme.« beliefs«.4 So Bassanio to Portia: »In religion, what damned error, but some sober brow will bless it and approve it with a text . . .?«5 In legal discourse mistake is the more common term, and so I use it here. Where legal consequences...
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A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

S. P. Cerasano - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 211 pages
...with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt 75 But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned...with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? 80 There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.17 How many cowards,...
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Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of ...

Richard Malim - Aristocracy (Social class) - 2004 - 362 pages
...shows be least themselves, The world is still deceiv'd with ornament It continues (ll. 78-80,90-101): In religion What damned error, but some sober brow...with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament ... in a word The seeming truth, which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest. These lines have...
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The Betrayal of Tradition: Essays on the Spiritual Crisis of Modernity

Harry Oldmeadow - Philosophy - 2005 - 386 pages
...Series, 1990), Vol. 1, p. 17, n. 48. "FUNDAMENTALISM": A METAPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVE" M. All Lakhani ... In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow...with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? (William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, III.ii.77) History is replete with examples of those...
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Shakespeare

George Ian Duthie - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 206 pages
...with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, .^ But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned...sober brow Will bless it, and approve it with a text. One feels moved to interrupt: 'Yes, yes — and what about yourself, my little fellow? What has altered...
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Shakespeare: The Golfer's Companion

Syd Pritchard - Humor - 2005 - 147 pages
...Makes the remembrance dear. [All's Well That Ends Well V iii 19] Reinforce it with a tiresome cliche What damned error but some sober brow will bless it And approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness withfair ornament. [The Merchant of Venice III ii 78] Concede a short putt being assured of a greater...
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Renaissance Figures of Speech

Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, Katrin Ettenhuber - History - 2007 - 306 pages
...with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned...assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts. (3.2.73-82) When speaking of the verbal ornaments that deceive, Bassanio is partly referring in a general...
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Unholy Writ: An Infidel's Critique of the Bible

T. Joyner Drolsum - Religion - 2007 - 392 pages
...is often used to provide exegetical support for deviating from the truth. As Shakespeare once wrote: "In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow...Will bless it and approve it with a text, Hiding the with fair omamnent?"18 Heb. 11:1: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of...
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