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Re: Die
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0656  Tuesday, 5 March 2002

From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Mar 2002 18:54:25 GMT0BST
Subject: 13.0635 Re: Die
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0635 Re: Die

> David Lindley quotes this from *A Choice of Valentines*.  It does not
> make a good example of a single ref to orgasm in the word *die* because
> this line alludes to the desire of medieval Christians to go on
> pilgrimage to Jerusalem before they die.

I didn't suggest that it was a 'single' reference; the point is that the
pun (witty or obscene according to taste) only makes sense if in this
context 'die' has  'ejaculate' as its primary meaning, which I took the
question I responded to to be asking.

And Nashe's poem was not 'published', (in the sense of 'printed') but
circulated in manuscript, no doubt for the reason John Velz gives. It's
also one of the funniest and wittiest representations of male inadequacy
and anxiety that I know.

Professor David Lindley
Head, School of English

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