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Shakespeare & Prov 25:2
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1660  Monday, 6 September 2004

From:           Ward Elliott <
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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
 >Shakespeare?

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.

Ward Elliott

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