Saturday, April 9, 2011

Parallel - Skinned over


"It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,
Whiles rank corruption, mining all within,
Infects unseen."
  Hamlet 3.4.148-150

"Because authority, though it err like others,
Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself
That skins the vice o' th' top".
  Measure For Measure 2.2.135-7

Bacon: "[Spain] having lately with much difficulty, rather smoothed and skinned over than healed and extinguished the commotion of Aragon".
  Observations on a Libel

"We are here to search the wounds of the realm and not to skin them over".
  Speech on Subsidies

Comment: No other instance has been cited of this use of the verb "skin" or "skin over" in relation to a metaphorical wound.

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