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" Making it momentany 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 Dramatic Works and Poems of William Shakespeare - Page 170
by William Shakespeare - 1836
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Shakespearean Metadrama: The Argument of the Play in Titus Andronicus, Love ...

James L. Calderwood - 1971 - 204 pages
...of love must hold a plea. For if despite all other obstacles love did flower, then as Lysander says War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making...devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion. (1.1.142-149) For an instant the shadow of Romeo and Juliet falls across the play. And indeed in the...
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Meaning in Comedy: Studies in Elizabethan Romantic Comedy

John Weld - 1975 - 255 pages
...Lys. Or else it stood upon the choice of friends— Her. O hell! to choose love by another's eyes! Lys. Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War,...devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. (1.1.132-149) 194 This is one of the first great lyric show-stoppers in Shakespeare's career. It is...
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Shakespeare & the Uses of Comedy

Joseph Allen Bryant - 1986 - 270 pages
...prospective groom and bride; yet both of them contemplate the reality that Lysander is shortly to declare Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That,...say "Behold!" The jaws of darkness do devour it up. [Ii 145-48] In other words, all three here look upon love as an objective, something to be reached...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - 1992 - 83 pages
...Or else it stood upon the choice of friends — HERMIA O hell! To choose love by another's eyes! 140 War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it — Making...darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.9 HERMIA If then true lovers have been ever crossed, 150 It stands as an edict in destiny:...
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Four Comedies

William Shakespeare - 1994 - 678 pages
...the farcical confusions develop, so Lysandcr is given a lyrical expression of the fragility of love: Or if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death,...devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion. There is pathos here; even a hint of the possibility of tragedy. The same imagery recurs in a premonitory...
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare - 1996 - 1263 pages
...a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night, 1 hat, t 3 HEKMIA. If, then, true lovers have been ever crost, It stands as an edict in destiny: Then let us teach...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Critical Essays

Dorothea Kehler - 1998 - 490 pages
...well to the difficulties we experience in self-apprehension: both situations yield an insight that is "momentany as a sound, / Swift as a shadow, short...it up: / So quick bright things come to confusion" (lll43-49). No sooner do we figure the mind than we disfigure it with terms of comparison. Julian Jaynes...
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Midsummer Night

Uwe Timm - 1998 - 277 pages
...Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a splee, unfolds both heaven and earth, And, ere a man hath...devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night 's Dream Micfaummer * camp bed STRICTLY SPEAKING, THIS STORY BEGINS...
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Heaven and Earth

Nora Roberts - 2001 - 358 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...devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion. — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Prologue THREE SISTERS ISLAND SEPTEMBER 1699 She called the storm. The gales...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - 2001 - 99 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...devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion. 150-1 If then . . . destiny-, if true lovers have always ('ever') been frustrated ('crossed'), then...
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