The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2064 Thursday, 9 November 2000.
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, November 09, 2000
Subject: FYI: Isaiah 13
In regard to the "Apes and Monkeys" discussion, John Drakakis observes,
>One of the reasons why apes may be linked to Hell might have to do with
>the reference in Isaiah 13 to the fate of Babylon being over-run by
>apes. The Geneva Bible (1560) keeps the Hebrew terms that Topsell
>glosses, but the Bishops Bible (1595) simply refers to houses being
>overrun with 'Apes'.
I thought some SHAKSPEReans might be interested in seeing the varying
citations of Isaiah 13.19-22 in the "Renaissance" selection from the
Chadwyck-Healey The Bible in English database.
Miles Coverdale, 1535
And Babilon (yt glory of kingdomes and bewtie of the Caldees honor)
shalbe destroyed, euen as God destroyed Sodom & Gomorra. It shal neuer
be more inhabited, nether shal there be eny more dwellinge there, from
generacion to generacion. The Arabians shall make no mo tentes there,
nether shall the shepardes make their foldes there eny more: but wylde
beastes shal lie there, & ye houses shalbe full of greate Oules.
Estriches shal dwell there, & Apes shal daunse there: The litle Oules
shall crie in the palaces, one after another, & Dragons shalbe in the
pleasaunt perlours. And as for Babilons tyme, it is at honde, & hir
dayes maye not be longe absent.
Thomas Matthew, 1549
And Babylon (that glory of kingedomes and bewtye of the Caldees honoure)
shalbe destroied, euen as God destroyed Sodome and Gomorra. It shall
neuer be more inhabyted, neyther shal there be any more dwellynge there
from generacion to generacyon. The Arabians shall make no more tentes
there, neyther shall the shepardes make their foldes ther any more: but
wild beastes shal lye there, & the houses shalbe full of greate Oules.
Estriches shall dwel there, and Apes shall daunse there: the lytle Oules
shal crye in the palaces, one after another, and Dragons shalbe in the
plesaunt parlours. And as for Babilons tyme it is at hande, & her dayes
maye not be longe absent.
Great Bible, 1540
And Babylon (that glory of kyngdomes and bewtye of the Caldees honour)
shalbe destroyed euen as God destroyed Sodome and Gomorre. It shall
not endure for euer, nether shall there be any more dwellyng there,
from generacyon to generacyon. The Arabians shall pytch no tentes
there, nether shal ye shepheardes make their foldes there any more: but
fearfull wild beastes shall lye there, & ye houses shalbe full of greate
Dules. Estriches shall dwel there, & Apes shal daunse there wild cattes
shal crye in the palaces, and Dragons shalbe in ye pleasa