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" Hear, Nature, hear ! dear goddess, hear ! Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend To make this creature fruitful ! Into her womb convey sterility ! Dry up in her the organs of increase, And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honour her !... "
Discoveries in hieroglyphics, and other antiquities, in progress to which ... - Page 220
by Robert Deverell - 1813
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Shakespeare the Playwright: A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories ...

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 1996 - 865 pages
...initial response to this lesson is a terrifying curse on Goneril: Hear, Nature, hear, dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend To make...And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honor her! (I, iv, 275-281) His "goddess" is very different from Edmund's (I, ii, 1). Yet the ferocity...
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The Adventures of a Shakespeare Scholar: To Discover Shakespeare ..., Volume 10

Marvin Rosenberg - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 365 pages
...show when he curses Goneril horribly for failing to obey him: Hear, Nature, hear! dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend To make...her. Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth. With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks. Turn all her mother's pains and benefits To laughter and...
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Coming of Age in Shakespeare

Marjorie B. Garber - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 248 pages
...become a vivid metaphor for the quintessence of the unnatural. Lear's curse on Goneril is explicit: Into her womb convey sterility, Dry up in her the...And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honor her. (Lri.iv. 280-3) 'If she must teem', the heir he wishes upon her is a 'child of spleen' who...
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A Critic's Journey: Literary Reflections, 1958-1998

Geoffrey H. Hartman, Professor Geoffrey H Hartman - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 297 pages
...the ensuing drama is curse, rant, slander, and impotent fiat: Hear, Nature, hear: dear goddess, hear: Suspend thy purpose if thou didst intend To make this...And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honor her (I.iv.z65-27o) You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames Into her scornful eyes! Infect...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1999 - 142 pages
...may be so, my lord. Suspend thy purpose if thou didst intend Hear, Nature, hear; dear goddess, hear: To make this creature fruitful. Into her womb convey...increase, And from her derogate body never spring 276 A babe to honor her. If she must teem, 277 Create her child of spleen, that it may live 278 And...
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The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 336 pages
...I am guiltless as I am ignorant. LEAR It may be so, my lord. Hark, nature, hear: 265 Dear goddess, suspend thy purpose if Thou didst intend to make this...convey sterility. Dry up in her the organs of increase, 253-4 liest. | My train are] F; listA my traine, and Q 263 people !]Q(~?) 264,281,286, 303,326,329...
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King Lear: The 1608 Quarto and 1623 Folio Texts

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2000 - 270 pages
...lord, I am guiltless as I am ignorant LEAR It may be so, my lord. Hark, Nature; hear, 270 Dear goddess: suspend thy purpose if Thou didst intend to make this...convey sterility; Dry up in her the organs of increase, 274 And from her derogate body never spring 275 A babe to honor her. If she must teem, 276 Create her...
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Truth and the Comedic Art

Michael Gelven - Drama - 2000 - 172 pages
...about it. Contrast this passage from Hamlet with one from King Lear in which the king curses Goneril: Into her womb convey sterility! Dry up in her the...And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honor her! If she must teem Create her child of spleen, that it may live And be athwart disnatur'd...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 144 pages
...ignorant Of what hath moved you. LEAR It may be so, my Lord. Hear, Nature, hear! dear Goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend To make...her! Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth, With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks, Turn all her mother's pains and benefits To laughter and...
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Shakespeare's Noise

Kenneth Gross - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 282 pages
...in" [1 .4.262— 63]), the kneeling king addresses Nature: Hear, Nature, hear, dear goddess, hear: Suspend thy purpose if thou didst intend To make this...child of spleen, that it may live And be a thwart disnatured torment to her. Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth, With cadent tears fret channels...
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