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" From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty : As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope by the immoderate use Turns to restraint : Our natures do pursue, (Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,) A thirsty evil ; and when we drink, we die. "
Measure for measure. Comedy of errors - Page 15
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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The Cambridge Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare criticism

Catherine M. S. Alexander - Drama - 2003 - 3 pages
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Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics

Andrew Hadfield - Drama - 2004 - 315 pages
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Playhouse Law in Shakespeare's World

Brian Jay Corrigan - Drama - 2004 - 263 pages
...analysts have f(xed upon, are confined to one brief speech in which he says he is restrained because of too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty: As surfeit is...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. Wentersdorf says of this passage that "[u]nless these lines are spoken ironically, a possible but unlikely...
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Shakespeare's Comedies: A Guide to Criticism

Emma Smith - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 320 pages
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Shakespeare Proverbs Or The Wise Saws Of Our Wisest Poet Collected Into A ...

Mary Cowden-Clarke - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 336 pages
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Shakespeare

SparkNotes - Study Aids - 2004 - 554 pages
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Jay Greenblatt - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 430 pages
...over him as the result of unrestrained sexual appetite: Our natures do pursue, Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink, we die. (1.2.108-10) The natural desire that can be so frankly and comfortably acknowledged within the bounds...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 336 pages
...Enter Lucio and Second Gentleman. LUCIO Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this 120 restraint? CLAUDIO From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty. As surfeit...immoderate use Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, 125 Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. LUCIO If...
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Measure for Measure

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2011 - 336 pages
...heaven: on whom it will, it will; On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just. [Claudia— 1.2.116-19] As surfeit is the father of much fast, So every scope...to restraint. Our natures do pursue, Like rats that raven down their proper bane, A thirsty evil, and when we drink, we die. [Claudio— 1.2.123-27] ....
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The Problem Plays of Shakespeare: A Study of Julius Caesar, Measure for ...

Ernest Schanzer - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 196 pages
...excess in the sexual appetite and the consequent self-destruction as something inherent in human nature: Our natures do pursue, Like rats that ravin down their...proper bane, A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die. (1.2.122-4) Just as rats are devoid of a natural instinct which warns them that the food they covet...
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