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" The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires: The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be Which the eye fears, when it is... "
Winter's tale. Comedy of errors. Macbeth. King John. Richard II. Henry IV, pt. 1 - Page 188
by William Shakespeare - 1836
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare - 1873 - 566 pages
...step, On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires ; 50 Let not light see my black and deep desires : The...full so valiant, And in his commendations I am fed; 55 45. harbinger] Rowe. Herbenger 51. not light] no light Han. not F,F,F3. Harbenger Ff Night Warb....
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Shakespeare and the Problem of Meaning

Norman Rabkin - Poetry - 1981 - 165 pages
...actual presence of the gracious King, does Macbeth speak more honestly and explicitly with himself. Stars, hide your fires, Let not light see my black...that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (I.iv.50-53) But why now? What has changed? In this ceremonial scene, more than anywhere else, Macbeth...
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1990 - 224 pages
...Prince of Cumberland! That's an obstacle that will trip me up unless I leap over it. It lies in my 50 For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires! Let...that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. Duncan True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant, 55 And in his commendations I am fed: It is a banquet...
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The Heroic Idiom of Shakespearean Tragedy

James C. Bulman - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 254 pages
...heroism of self-interest is marked by an aside spoken in the equivocal phrases of his first soliloquy: Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black...that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (1.4.50-53) Lady Macbeth, when she appears in the scene immediately following, defines her husband's...
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Playhouse and Cosmos: Shakespearean Theater as Metaphor

Kent T. Van den Berg - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 188 pages
...and it is this disintegration which bad faith wishes to be. 16 This is precisely Macbeth's project: Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black...that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (I.iv.50-53) He is asking for psychic disunity, for an "inner disintegration in the heart of being,"...
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William Empson: Essays on Shakespeare

William Empson - Drama - 1986 - 246 pages
..."has moved appreciably nearer to it". I should have thought he clearly plans to do it: the words are: Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black...that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. The chief thought here, surely, as in all these habitual metaphors of darkness, is that Macbeth wants...
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare, Hugh Black-Hawkins - 1992 - 64 pages
...wife with your approach; So humbly take my leave. King Duncan. My worthy Cawdor! Macbeth (To himself). Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black...be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (He leaves for Inverness) King Duncan. Let's after him, Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome....
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare - 1994 - 240 pages
...heart doth know? or it might be a rhyming couplet or two to emphasize a decision or a sense of purpose: 'Stars hide your fires, Let not light see my black...that be, Which the eye fears when it is done to see.' The witches speak mainly in couplets, but, to show that diey are not human, they use a different rhythm...
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Aufsätze zur englischen Versdichtung: von Chaucer bis Dylan Thomas

Ewald Standop - American poetry - 1995 - 155 pages
...Dunkelheit und der Nacht zugeordnet; der Mord verträgt nicht das Licht des Tages. Daher sagt Macbeth: Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black...be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. (I.4.50ff.) Hier haben wir eine zweifache Stufe, die Überbietung des einen Bildes durch das andere:...
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Witches and Jesuits: Shakespeare's Macbeth

Garry Wills - Mathematics - 1995 - 223 pages
...night has arrived by the time Macbeth looks up and asks for the stars to be blotted out (1.4.50-53). Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black...that be Which the eye fears (when it is done) to see. Macbeth is calling for the kind of night witches exploit — when stars are "blinded" (Marston), the...
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