Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Put out the light, and then put out the light.
If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
I can again thy former light restore
Should I repent me; but once put out thy light,
Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature,
I know not where is that Promethean heat
That can thy light relume.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 7-13.
The "light" is both that of the candle ("flaming minister") he carries and that of Desdemona; Prometheus in Greek legend stole fire from the gods to give it to human beings; "relume" means light again.