"There may be ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There may be in the cup A spider steeped, and one may drink, depart, And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge Is not infected; but if one present Th'abhorred ingredient to his eye, make known How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides, With violent hefts. I have drunk, and seen the spider.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leontes, in The Winter's Tale, act 2, sc. 1, l. 39-45. Finding the escape of Polixenes to be convincing evidence of his wife's adultery; only if the drinker sees the spider in the cup is he poisoned; "hefts" means heavings (vomiting out the poison).
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