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" I'll example you with thievery: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea: the moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun... "
Yale Studies in English - Page 102
1913
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The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: Printed from the Text ..., Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1843
...you with thievery : The sun 'sa thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea : the moon 's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun : j The sea 'sa thief, whose liquid surge resolves The moon into salt tears: the earth 'sa thief, That...
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Comic Arithmetic

Percival Leigh, Alfred Henry Forrester - Arithmetic - 1844 - 177 pages
...SUBTRACTION. " I'll example you with thievery. The sun's a thief, and with his great subtraction Robs the vast sea. The moon's an arrant thief, And her...tears. The earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen From general excrement : each thing's a thief. The laws you curb and whip in their...
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Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years

Brian Boyd - Biography & Autobiography - 1993 - 783 pages
...to be everybody — should check the original: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief, And her...whose liquid surge resolves The moon into salt tears. Those who make the effort* are rewarded not only with the source of Shade's title, but with a hilariously...
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Melville and the Politics of Identity: From King Lear to Moby-Dick

Julian Markels - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 164 pages
...Timon of Athens he side-lined Timon's words, The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea: the moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire snatches from the sun: The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves The moon into salt tears: the...
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Playtexts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature

Warren F. Motte - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 233 pages
...translation. It occurs in Tittum of Athent IV iii: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs 1he vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief, And her pale...tears; the earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stol'n From gen'ral excrement. Each thing's a thief.10 The crooked, quirky, unbalanced coincidence...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 5

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 568 pages
...(xxi, 18) [On Timon of Athens, 4.3.439] Mr. Johnson gives us a long note upon the following passage. The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves The moon into salt tears. 1 The OED defines feeze v.1 as 1. trans. To drive; to drive offer away. 2. To frighten. 3a. vaguely...
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Shakespeare: A Life in Drama

Stanley Wells - Biography & Autobiography - 1997 - 416 pages
...which all nature is seen as a prey upon itself: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea. The moon's an arrant thief, And her...tears. The earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stol'n From gen'ral excrement. Each thing's a thief. (4.3.438-44) King Lear's reconciliation...
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Vladimir Nabokov: The Critical Heritage

Norman Page - Reference - 1997 - 252 pages
...Athens,' and so it is; in Act IV, Scene 3: 'The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction / Robs the vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.' The reference to Kinbote's academic rape of Shade's poem is, as we say, unmistakable. (The exegetical itch...
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Reading Readings: Essays on Shakespeare Editing in the Eighteenth Century

Joanna Gondris - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 379 pages
...intertextual reference, derived in part from variora annotation, to comment on lines spoken by Timon: "The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves / The moon into salt tears" (4.3.439-40). Chedworth remarks: That Shakespeare knew the moon is the cause of tides appears likewise...
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare

Laurie Rozakis - Fiction - 1999 - 380 pages
...Not on the Way I'll example you with thievery: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief, And her...tears; the earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen From general excrement: each thing's a thief. — Timon of Athens 264 Several Athenian...
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