Saturday, April 30, 2011

Parallel - Vanity with Gracious

First, Shake-Speare:

"Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,
And all my soul, and all my every part;
And for this sin there is no remedy,
It is so grounded inward in my heart.
Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,"
 Sonnet 62, 1-5

now Bacon:

"Neither had the fame of Cicero, Seneca, Plinius Secundus, borne her age so well, it it had not been joined with some vanity in themselves; like varnish that maketh ceilings not only shine but last. In some persons [this] is not only comely but gracious.

Comment:  Personal vanity collocated with "gracious".

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