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Something wicked this way comes
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 4, scene 1
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Anna Akhmatova, 1998 by Joel-Peter Witkin
O, banish me, my lord, but kill me not!
Kill me to-morrow: let me live to-night!
Nay, if you strive–
But half an hour!
Being done, there is no pause.
But while I say one prayer!
It is too late.
Shakespeare, Othello, Act V, Scene ii, 1622.
In Greek legend, sorceress Circe (pronounced Kirke) is the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, an ocean nymph. She is said to have been surrounded by beasts that could not be seen elsewhere. When others came to her palace, they saw the beasts, but only what they recognized, like lions, bears and wolves. The beasts acted as domesticated animals, showing their kindness by wagging their tails. Some say they were actually drugged victims of Circe.
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
– Shakespeare, from Hamlet