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Shakespeare & Prov 25:2
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1642  Friday, 3 September 2004

From:           Michael Carasik <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Sep 2004 07:13:10 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare & Prov 25:2


In ch. 7 of his novel "Bend Sinister," Vladimir Nabokov refers to
Shakespeare as "[t]he person who said (not for the first time) that the
glory of God is to hide a thing, and the glory of man is to find it."
This is Proverbs 25:2 (except that verse refers to "the glory of the
king," not "the glory of man").  This chapter of "Bend Sinister" is
about "Hamlet," but it's not clear to me whether this statement is there
or in some other play -- and I haven't been able to find anything like
it using web-based Shakespeare concordances.  It's been suggested
elsewhere that Nabokov knew this verse from the writings of Francis
Bacon, where it occurs.  Can anyone point me to an occurrence of it in
Shakespeare?

     Thanks,
     Michael Carasik
     
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