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" You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race: this is an art Which does mend nature, — change it rather; but The art itself is nature. "
The Plays of Shakspeare - Page 97
by William Shakespeare - 1897
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Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare

Stanley Cavell - Drama - 2003 - 250 pages
...there would seem to be some forbidden degree of consanguinity. In Polixenes' statement to Perdita, You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the...stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. (IV, iv, 92-5) (which names the convention of grafting as what marriage is, marriage of...
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Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens

Rebecca W. Bushnell - Gardening - 2003 - 198 pages
...Perdita out, the disguised king Polixenes professes to defend such grafting, offering the example that "we marry / A gentler scion to the wildest stock,...And make conceive a bark of baser kind / By bud of nobler race"; so "Nature is made better by no mean / But Nature makes that mean." Thus, he claims,...
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Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama

Marianne Novy - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 292 pages
...to this apparent shepherdess. nature is made better by no mean But nature makes that mean. So, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That...stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. This is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature....
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Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland: Jacques de Gheyn II ...

Claudia Swan - Art - 2005 - 254 pages
...play's protagonists, Polixenes, king of Bohemia, says of grafting: "You see, sweet maid, we marry/A gentler scion to the wildest stock/ And make conceive a bark of baser kind/ By bud of nobler race. This is an art/ Which does mend nature." He concludes, in perfectly circular form, that...
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Shakespeare's Heroines

Anna Murphy Jameson - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 464 pages
...Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art That nature makes.You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentle scion to the wildest stock; And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. This is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather; but The art itself is nature....
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Shakespeare and the Ideal of Love

Jill Line - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 192 pages
...Perdita in A Winter's Tale: Yet nature is made better by no mean But nature makes that mean: so over that art, Which you say adds to nature, is an art...stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. This is an art Which does mend nature — change it, rather — but The art itself is...
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Imagining the Gallery: The Social Body of British Romanticism

Christopher Kent Rovee - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 251 pages
...University Libraries) nolds—in Puck and elsewhere—followed King Polixenes's own unheeded dictum: "We marry / A gentler scion to the wildest stock, / And make conceive a bark of baser kind."" The exhibition of Puck at the Royal Academy in spring 1789 would reveal just how touchy a matter the...
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How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition

Yrjo Haila, Chuck Dyke - Science - 2006 - 334 pages
...art. Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentle scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. This is an art Which does mend nature — change it rather — but The art itself is nature....
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Too Beautiful to Picture: Zeuxis, Myth, And Mimesis

Elizabeth Mansfield - 232 pages
...POLIXENES: Say there be; Yet Nature is made better by no mean But Nature makes that mean: so, over that art Which you say adds to Nature, is an art That...stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. This is an art Which does mend Nature — change it rather; but The art itself is Nature.42...
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