Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Shakespeare, 7th August

O, that estates, degrees and offices
Were not derived corruptly, and that clear honour
Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!
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How much low peasantry would then be glean'd
From the true seed of honour! and how much honour
Pick'd from the chaff and ruin of the times
To be new-varnish'd!

Merchant of Venice, Act ii., Sc. 9.

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