Sunday, June 3, 2007

One of my favorite quotations...

Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance; commits his body
To painful labor, both by sea and land;
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou li’st warm at home, secure and safe;
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience-
Too little payment for so great a debt.
Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
And no obedient to his honest will,
What is she but a foul contending rebel,
And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
I asham’d that women are so simple
‘To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth,
Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
But that our soft conditions, and our hearts,
Should well agree with our external parts?

-Kate, “The Taming of the Shrew”: Shakespeare
Quoted from Verses of Virtue by Beall Phillips

What a beautiful and truthful passage. What an inspiring book Verses of Virtue is! I feel very blessed to have it in my library.


Serena said...

What a wonderful passage. I've had "The Taming of the Shrew" on my To-Read List for quite a while. Maybe I'll read it soon--this passage renews my want to!
QueenOrual from S&S Board

D said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this quote! I tear up every time I read or hear it!


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