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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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Ideology of Adventure: Studies in Modern Consciousness, 1100-1750, Volume 1

Michael Nerlich - History - 1987 - 272 pages
...with ornament. 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...assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts; How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards...
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The Wisdom & Wit of Rabbi Jesus

William E. Phipps - Religion - 1993 - 254 pages
...with a smiling cheek, a goodly apple rotten at the heart." A friend of Antonio echoes that insight: "In religion, what damned error but some sober brow...approve it with a text, hiding the grossness with fair ornament?"17 Jesus must also have found sentiments expressed in other psalms to be contrary to acceptable...
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Shakespeare's Festive Tragedy: The Ritual Foundations of Genre

Naomi Conn Liebler - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 266 pages
...the right casket: 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...with a text Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? (III.ii.75-80) These lines concentrate for us the full context in which the play's action occurs, the...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 1263 pages
...with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season 'd with a gracious voice, ll not me of fear! FRIAR LAURENCE. Hold; get you gone,...letters to thy lord. JULIET. Love give me strength! How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards...
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Knowledge, Foreknowledge, and the Gospel

Douglas Wilson - God - 1997 - 52 pages
...all know that isolated verses fit with anything. Shakespeare put it well in the Merchant of Venice: "In religion, what damned error, but some sober brow...a text, hiding the grossness with fair ornament?" The rationalistic method of determining truth cannot be distinguished in principle at all from liberalism,...
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Deceptions and Myths of the Bible

Lloyd Graham - Religion - 1991 - 484 pages
...chapter. Let us get behind the hoax that we too may partake of "the tree of knowledge." 3 The Serpent In religion what damned error but some sober brow will bless it, and approve it with a text. SHAKESPEARE. Asa molder of religious thought, the third chapter of Genesis has been, perhaps, the greatest...
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare - Literary Collections - 1989 - 1280 pages
...with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being season'd with a gracious voice, ve edge unto the swords That make such waste in brief mortality. Under How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards...
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Il mercante di Venezia

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2003 - 240 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. How many cowards whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards...
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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare, Tony Farrell - Drama - 2003 - 141 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. How many cowards,...
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Smile Awhile

Albert Joseph Mary Shamon - Anecdotes - 2003 - 111 pages
...than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. In religion, what damned error, but some sober brow will bless it, and approve it with a text (of Scripture), hiding the grossness with fair ornament? After having saved the life of the merchant...
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