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" Making it momentary as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream ; Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth. And ere a man hath power to say, — Behold ! The jaws of darkness do devour it up :... "
The Works of Shakspeare: From the Text of Johnson, Steevens, and Reed - Page 104
by William Shakespeare - 1825 - 896 pages
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Critical Essays

Dorothea Kehler - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 520 pages
...difficulties we experience in self-apprehension: both situations yield an insight that is "momentany as a sound, / Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,.../ The jaws of darkness do devour it up: / So quick bright things come to confusion" (lll43-49). No sooner do we figure the mind than we disfigure it with...
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Heaven and Earth

Nora Roberts - Fiction - 2001 - 372 pages
...STATES OF AMERICA 20 19 18 17 16 To all my sisters, not of blood but of the heart. There 's the magic. Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the..."Behold!" The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Prologue THREE SISTERS ISLAND SEPTEMBER 1699...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2001 - 134 pages
...sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, 145 Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That...'Behold!', The jaws of darkness do devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion. 150-1 If then . . . destiny-, if true lovers have always ('ever')...
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The Shakespearian Tempest: With a Chart of Shakespeare's Dramatic Universe

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 368 pages
...if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,...!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion, (ii 141) 'Confusion': a pure Macbeth idea. And we may observe how...
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Byron and Shakespeare

George Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 416 pages
...Index, Index B, vi, 'Miscellaneous'; The Sovereign Flower, 317). Love, in thought or act, may be called Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That,...say, 'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up. (A Midsummer Night's Dream, i, i, 145) Or as Juliet has it: I have no joy of this contract tonight:...
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The Soul of Athens: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jan H. Blits - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 228 pages
...sickness: Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, sickness lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,...'Behold!', The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. (1.1.141-49) Lysander describes the brevity of love as though he were...
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Empire of the Stars: Obsession, Friendship, and Betrayal in the Quest for ...

Arthur I. Miller - History - 2005 - 402 pages
...life. Prologue Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentary as a sound, Swift as a shadow,..."Behold!" The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act I, Scene 1)...
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Love and Its Vicissitudes

André Green, Gregorio Kohon - Psychology - 2005 - 132 pages
...father's] LYSANDER Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentary as a sound, Swift as a shadow,...'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. (A Midsummer Night's Dream I, 1. 140-150) Sources, communication and...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 900 pages
...if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,...'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. HERMIA If then true lovers have been ever crossed, 150 It stands as...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - 2005 - 68 pages
...if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, MaKing it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,...heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!1 The jaws of darkness do devour it up1. So quick bright things come to confusion. Or if the...
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