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" Be absolute for death ; either death, or life, Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life : — If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep : a breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences, That dost this habitation,... "
Shakspeare's Measure for Measure: A Comedy - Page 30
by William Shakespeare - 1803 - 68 pages
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Dramatic Works of William Shakspeare: With a Life of the Poet and ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1844
...miserable have no other medicine, But only hope : I have hope to live, and am prepared to die. Duke. Be absolute for death ; either death or life Shall...would keep : ' a breath thou art, (Servile to all the skyey influences,) That dost this habitation, where thou keep'st,2 Hourly afflict : merely, thou art...
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Syracuse University

Steve Krakauer - Education - 2005 - 160 pages
...incandescent rage, the Duke begins to intervene with a baffling speech. When the Duke advocates that Claudio "Be absolute for death: either death or life / Shall thereby be the sweeter" (3.1.5-6), he seems not only ineffectual, for Claudio asks Isabella to help him right after the speech,...
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The Summons of Death on the Medieval and Renaissance English Stage

Phoebe S. Spinrad - Civilization, Medieval, in literature - 1987 - 334 pages
...like the preachers before him, must first evoke in Claudio a sense of the frustrations of life: Duke: Reason thus with life: If I do lose thee, I do lose...would keep. A breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences That dost this habitation where thou keep'st Hourly afflict. . , . Thou art not certain,...
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Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance ...

Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Greenblatt, PH D - Literary Criticism - 1988 - 205 pages
...acceptance of his situation—"I have hope to live, and am prepar'd to die"—Duke Vincentio replies, "Be absolute for death: either death or life / Shall thereby be the sweeter" (3.1.4-6). Here the duke would appear to be molding Claudio's emotions into philosophical detachment,...
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Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-century England

Frank McLynn - Social Science - 1989 - 392 pages
...highwayman's wife, like a soldier's, hath as little of his pay as of his company. John Gay, The Beggar's Opera Be absolute for death: either death or life Shall thereby be the sweeter. Reason thus with life: 1f 1 do lose thee, l do lose a thing That none but fools would keep: a breath thou art William Shakespeare,...
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Let Me Die Before I Wake: Hemlock's Book of Self-deliverance for the Dying

Derek Humphry - Philosophy - 1992 - 176 pages
...died before she became totally dependent on others — something she couldn't bear." 33 CHAPTER THREE Be absolute for death; either death or life Shall thereby be the sweeter. —WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Alan Thomas was a comfortably-of f building contractor in California. He had...
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Lovers, Clowns, and Fairies: An Essay on Comedies

Stuart M. Tave - Humor - 1993 - 272 pages
...this Vienna, which makes death or life thereby the sweeter. Claudio must reason thus with life: If1 do lose thee I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep: a breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences That dost this habitation where thou keepst Hourly afflict. Merely, thou art death's...
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Shakespeare the Actor and the Purposes of Playing

Meredith Anne Skura - Drama - 1993 - 325 pages
...Duke's pronouncements. He lapses into the first person as he tells Claudio to "reason thus with life":83 "If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing / That none but fools would keep. A breath thou art, / ... Merely, thou art Death's fool" (MM 3.1.7-11; italics added).84 Hamlet finds relief from such...
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Selected Poems

William Shakespeare - Poetry - 1995 - 128 pages
...nature, Once stir my temper; but this virtuous maid When men were fond, I smiled and wondered how. 74 Be absolute for death: either death or life Shall...would keep; a breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences That dost this habitation where thou keep'st Hourly afflict; merely, thou art death's...
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Ring of Swords

Eleanor Arnason - Fiction - 1994 - 384 pages
...line! And then he goes on with one argument after another for why life isn't worth holding on to. " 'Reason thus with life: If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep.' "What beautiful language! And what a crock of shit!" He tasted the coffee. "This isn't the way I remember...
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