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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... "
The Works of William Shakespeare - Page 45
by William Shakespeare - 1810
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A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

S. P. Cerasano - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 211 pages
...world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt 75 But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil?...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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Shakespeare

George Ian Duthie - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 206 pages
...world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, .^ But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil?...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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Renaissance Figures of Speech

Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, Katrin Ettenhuber - History - 2007 - 306 pages
...world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil?...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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