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Clementia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0293  Tuesday, 9 June 2009

From:       Matthew Steggle <
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Date:       Saturday, 6 Jun 2009 17:14:50 +0100
Subject:    Clementia

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).

  Matthew Steggle

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