Saturday, April 23, 2011

Parallel - Honours and Instructions as Garments

First, Shake-Speare:

     "New honours come upon him
Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mould
But with the aid of use".
Macbeth 1.3.145-7

And Bacon:  "Queen Elizabeth used to say of her instructions to great officers "that they were like graments, straight at first putting on, but did by and by wear loose enough".

CommentHounours in one case, instructions in the other, but a very similar conceit. First, honors or instructions are likened to garments. Second, that they then are modified or molded with usage.

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