The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1660 Monday, 6 September 2004
From: Ward Elliott <
Date: Friday, 03 Sep 2004 10:14:46 -0700
Subject: 15.1642 Shakespeare & Prov 25:2
Comment: RE: SHK 15.1642 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
Could it be Measure for Measure 5.01.65-67?
...let your reason serve
To make the truth appear, where it seems hid,
And hide the false seems true.
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