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" The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids, that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chaunt it ; it is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age. "
The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany - Page 247
1820
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Twelfth Night

Jennifer Mulherin - 2001 - 32 pages
...most brisk and giddy-paced times . . . Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain; The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones Do use to chant it; it is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, 1 '.ike the old age . Act ii Sciv...
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Shakespeare: la invención de lo humano

Harold Bloom - 2001 - 734 pages
...fellow, come, the song we had last night. / Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain; /The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, /And the free maids that weave their thread with bones / Do use to chant it: it is silly sooth, /And dallies with the innocence of love, / Like the old age. [II. ¡v.42-48]...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 15

Allardyce Nicoll - 2002 - 216 pages
...together in a tavern were expected to troll catches over their pots of ale. Even the 'spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones' were accustomed to lighten their labours with song. Songs in Shakespeare's plays could be as natural...
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Fortune's Wheel: Dickens and the Iconography of Women's Time

Elizabeth A. Campbell - 2003 - 253 pages
...and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chant it. It is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age. -SHAKESPEARE, Twelfth Night I am moved by fancies that are curled Around these images, and cling: The...
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Shakespeare's Songbook, Volume 1

Ross W. Duffin, Fynette H Kulas Professor of Music Ross W Duffin - 2004 - 528 pages
...fellow come, the song we had last night: Mark it Cesario, it is old and plain; The Spinsters and the Knitters in the Sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chant it: it is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age. FESTE: Are you...
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When Gossips Meet: Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England

B. S. Capp - 2004 - 398 pages
...in a company under the hedges'. And Shakespeare's Orsino refers casually to 'The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, | And the free maids that weave their thread with bones', singing old songs as they work together. 118 Monotonous work such as knitting and spinning devoured...
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Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare - 2005 - 222 pages
...exquisite reason for 't, but I have reason good enough. [Andrew — 2.3.143-44] The spinsters and the knitters in the sun And the free maids that weave their thread with bones Do use to chant it. [Orsino— 2.4.50-53] Come away, come away, death . . . [Fool— 2.4.58] She never told her...
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Shakespearian Comedy

H. B. Charlton - 2005 - 303 pages
...fellow, come, the song we had last night. Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain; The spinsters and the knitters in the sun And the free maids that weave their thread with bones Do use to chant it. It is not only that song and music irradiate these plays — the very clown of one of them...
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Shakespeare's Comedy of Love

Alexander Leggatt - 2005 - 288 pages
...form. Orsino says of 'Come away death', Mark it, Cesario ; it is old and plain ; The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones, Do use to chant it. ... (it. iv. 42-5) It has survived through time; it can entertain the simplest folk of the...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - 2005 - 896 pages
...fellow, come, the song we had last night. Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain: The spinsters and the knitters in the sun, And the free maids that weave their thread with bones Do use to chant it; it is silly sooth, And dallies with the innocence of love, Like the old age. CLOWN Are you...
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