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" He who the sword of heaven will bear, Should be as holy as severe ; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go ; More nor less to others paying, Than by self-offences weighing. "
Cooper's Works - Page 303
by James Fenimore Cooper - 1859
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On Shakespeare's Knowledge and Use of the Bible

Charles Wordsworth - Bible - 1864 - 309 pages
...the Lord is a strong tower,' Prov. xviii. 10: — on the other hand, he does not fail to teach that He who the sword of Heaven will bear, Should be as holy as severe ; — Measure for Measure, Act iii. Sc. 2. where we are reminded of S. Paul, Rom. xiii. 4, and II. Sam. xxiii. 3. In like manner,...
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Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary

Alexander Schmidt, Gregor Sarrazin - Literary Collections - 1971 - 1484 pages
...men-i/ul and too s. 1155. Lord Angelo is s. Meas. II, 1, 290. 0 just but s. law, II, 2, 41. HI, 2, 267. he who the sword of heaven will bear should be as holy as s. 276. with eyes s. and beard! of formal cut, As II, 7, 155. such strict and s. covenants, H6A V,...
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A Life in a Wooden O: Memoirs of the Theatre

Ben Iden Payne - Performing Arts - 1977 - 224 pages
...lighting effect. When the Duke was left alone he was standing center. As soon as his soliloquy began — "He who the sword of heaven will bear / Should be as holy as severe" — the lights were unhurriedly dimmed, except for a spotlight on the Duke himself. When he reached...
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Hamlet and Other Shakespearean Essays

L. C. Knights, Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1979 - 308 pages
...'that he who would dispose others best must himself be best disposed' — which is Duke Vincentio's He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know . . . (Measure for Measure, III, ii.) 2 Aquinas, Selected Political Writings,...
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Aspects of Shakespeare's 'Problem Plays': Articles reprinted from ...

Kenneth Muir, Stanley Wells - Literary Criticism - 1982 - 158 pages
...must be sincerely religious " — or, as the Duke puts it in his soliloquy at the end of Act ra, , , He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe. (m, ii, 275-6) Furthermore, he must know and be able to govern himself; for, says Guevara, "when they...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 37

Stanley Wells - Drama - 2002 - 240 pages
...counter deception. The Duke's meditation opens with a couplet that editors rarely discuss in any detail: He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe. (3.2.254-5) The sword is a symbolic instrument of punishment even, presumably, of capital punishment....
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The Patriarchy of Shakespeare's Comedies

Marilyn L. Williamson - Literary Criticism - 1986 - 207 pages
...justifying the bed trick Vincentio presents the issue in terms of the ruler's morality and hypocrisy: He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying Than by self-offences...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - Reference - 1992 - 1132 pages
...worst Of those that lawless and incertain thought Imagine howling — 'tis too horrible! (Ill, i) 1 16 ) CH; EBEV; EnRP; NOBE; OBEV; OBNC; PoEL-4; Son The Song of the S Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying Than by self-offenses...
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Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by ...

Royal Shakespeare Company - Drama - 1993 - 222 pages
...Isabella. I tried to suggest on the line that the Duke is literally imagining Angelo sentencing himself. He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe. (lines 249-50) This is one of the two short soliloquies the Duke has: the more I did this speech, the...
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Making Trifles of Terrors: Redistributing Complicities in Shakespeare

Harry Berger, Peter Erickson - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 487 pages
...two short soliloquies complaining of injured merit falls the major soliloquy that concludes act 3:72 He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe: Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue, go: More nor less to others paying Than by...
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