The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0517 Monday, 5 March 2001
Date: Friday, 02 Mar 2001 21:02:22 -0800
Subject: 12.0479 Re: Poets
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0479 Re: Poets
A few Shakespearean thoughts on scholarship:
Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain
Which, with pain purchas'd, doth inherit pain:
As painfully to pour upon a book
To seek the light of truth; while truth the while
Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look:
Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile,
So, ere you find where light in darkness lies,
Your light grows dark by losing of your eyes.
Study me how to please the eye indeed,
By fixing it upon a fairer eye;
Who dazzling so, that eye shall be his heed,
And give him light that it was blinded by.
Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks;
Small have continual plodders ever won,
Save base authority from others' books.
These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights,
That give a name to every fixed star,
Have no more profit of their shining nights
Than those that walk and wot not what they are.
Too much to know is to know naught but fame;
And every godfather can give a name.
How well he's read, to reason against reading!