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" But man, proud man ! Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high Heaven As make the angels weep ; who, with our spleens, Would all themselves... "
Measure for measure. Comedy of errors - Page 39
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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Public characters [Formerly British public characters] of 1798-9 - 1809-10

1801
...——— Merciful Heaven ! *' Thqu rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, ' Split'st the unwedgable and gnarled oak, ' Than the soft myrtle ! O, but man...a little brief authority ; ' Most ignorant of what is most assured, ' His glassy essence—like an angry ape, " Plays such fantastic tricks before high...
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The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 12

Sydney Smith, Lord Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Macvey Napier, William Empson, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Henry Reeve, Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot (Hon.), Harold Cox - 1808
...sua fulmina mittat Jupiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit. " I. 1 27. And again, " Merciful heaven ! Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Split'st...unwedgeable and gnarled oak, Than the soft myrtle. " ' There is much affinity between the above lines and these in Persius, sat. ii. " Ignovisse putas,...
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Notes Upon Some of the Obscure Passages in Shakespeare's Plays: With Remarks ...

John Howe Baron Chedworth - 1805 - 375 pages
...(which was before proposed by Mr. Tyrrwhitt) is right. P. 51. — *0. — 240. . ' Merciful heaven ! Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st...unwedgeable and gnarled oak, Than the soft myrtle ; — But man, proud man ! Dress'd, &c. As a word is manifestly wanted, I would receive the reading...
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The Confessions of William Henry Ireland: Containing the Particulars of His ...

William Henry Ireland - Forgery of manuscripts - 1805 - 317 pages
...above upon this commentator, then might the bard have recourse to his own words , and exclaim " Oh but man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assurM, : like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high Heav'n As make the angels weep."...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare : Accurately Printed from the ..., Volume 2

William Shakespeare, George Steevens - 1805
...every pelting, 1 petty officer, Would use his heaven for thunder: nothing t thunder. Merciful heaven ! Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak, 2 Than the soft myrtle ;—O, but man, proud man Brest in a little brief authority ; Most ignorant...
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Remarks critical, conjectural, and explanatory, upon the plays of Shakspeare ...

E H. Seymour - 1805
...confounding the auxiliary verbs shall and will. The thought occurs in another place : " Merciful heaven \ " Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, " Split'st the unwedgeable and knarled oak, " Than the soft myrtle." Measure for Measure. 234. " To tear with thunder the rcidc cheeks...
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The mysterious freebooter; or, The days of queen Bess, Volume 3

Francis Lathom - 1806
...every pelting, petty officer, Would use his Heaven for thunder! Nothing but thunder! Merciful Heaven ! Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Split'st...unwedgeable and gnarled oak, Than the soft myrtle. But man!—proud man! Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd, His...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare: With Notes of Various Commentators, Volume 2

William Shakespeare - 1806
...every pelting, petty officer, Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but thunder. Merciful heaven ! Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt, Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak *I, Than the soft myrtle ; — O, but man, proud man ! Drest in a little brief authority ; Most ignorant...
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Illustrations of Shakespeare, and of Ancient Manners: With ..., Volume 1

Francis Douce - Gesta Romanorum - 1807
...homines sua fulmina initial Jupiter, exiguo tempore inermis eriL" Sc. 2. p. 240. IŤAB. Merciful heaven ! Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Split'st...unwedgeable and gnarled oak. Than the soft myrtle. There is much affinity between the above lines and these in Persius, sat. ii. : " Ignovisse putas,...
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The posthumous works of mrs. Chapone

Hester Chapone - 1807
...suited to the nature of man, that it seldom fails to intoxicate him, and overturn his reason and virtue. —Man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high Hear'n, As...
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