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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 100
by William Shakespeare - 1825 - 896 pages
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Critical Essays

Dorothea Kehler - Drama - 1998 - 490 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 - 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..."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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Ungentle Shakespeare: Scenes from His Life

Katherine Duncan-Jones - Drama - 2001 - 322 pages
...Chamberlain's guests of the earlier play, yet, somehow, the lightning image now leaves them less chilled: 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. (1.1.144-9) Here, the brilliant swiftness of young love betokens the...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - Juvenile Nonfiction - 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...'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 - 360 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

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 408 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 - Drama - 2003 - 211 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 - 364 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 - 105 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 - 896 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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