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" Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. "
The Works of Shakespeare: Collated with the Oldest Copies, and Corrected - Page 305
by William Shakespeare - 1773
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare: Life. New facts regarding the life ...

William Shakespeare - 1839
...thee. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touched, But to fine issues : a nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But...
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Shakespeare and the Poet's Life

Gary Schmidgall - Biography & Autobiography - 1990 - 234 pages
...thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. [1.1.29-35] But what sinks Venus in Adonis's and the reader's minds is the Duke's next line: "Spirits...
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 247 pages
...thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do. Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we...them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues; nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But like a thrifty goddess,...
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Shakespeare's Courtly Mirror: Reflexivity and Prudence in All's Well that ...

David Haley - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 314 pages
...friend, honor and lordship are my titles. 7. By the same rule that he set for Angelo ("If our virtues / Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike / As if we had them not" [li 33-35]), the Duke's public virtue requires perfecting by marriage. Even here, the Duke's fate reciprocates...
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Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by ...

Royal Shakespeare Company - Drama - 1993 - 222 pages
...Are not thine own so proper as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee. for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. (lines 29-35) The implication is one of self-criticism by way of praising Angelo. Once he tells Angelo...
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...for strict morality, then offers a lengthy address on the nature of goodness: ... for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. (I, i, 33-35) In other words, good intentions are not enough. Good actions are the test of a human...
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Women and Spirituality

Carol Ochs - Philosophy - 1997 - 178 pages
...thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do. Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not.13 Beyond Images Beyond the image of the mother, is there anything that can aid us on the way that...
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The British Idealists

David Boucher, Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations David Boucher, Raymond Geuss, Quentin Skinner - History - 1997 - 304 pages
...thee. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves: for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we...them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues. [William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act One, Scene One, lines 31-3] will; in collisions,...
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Making Trifles of Terrors: Redistributing Complicities in Shakespeare

Harry Berger, Peter Erickson - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 487 pages
...thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. (1.1.29-35) If Angelo hasn't yet published his virtues, what is the content of his already unfolded...
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Shakespeare: A Life in Drama

Stanley Wells - Biography & Autobiography - 1997 - 416 pages
...work: Heaven does with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. (1.1.32-5) It is a thematic statement whose sexual resonances are explored in the first seventeen of...
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