The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0293 Tuesday, 9 June 2009
From: Matthew Steggle <
Date: Saturday, 6 Jun 2009 17:14:50 +0100
Interesting-sounding manuscript! What follows is a hasty guess, but --
is the "spring of red rose water" perhaps a reference to her breast?
There are references in Shakespeare (and elsewhere) to the idea of the
"pelican of mercy" -- that the pelican, in apparently striking her own
breast to make it bleed and feeding her young with her blood, offers an
iconography for selfless mercy.
(http://birdsofbard.blogspot.com/2005/11/pelican.html offers a couple of
the Shakespeare ones).
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