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Q: Shakespeare reference ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Shakespeare reference
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: jcn1234-ga
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Posted: 09 Jun 2004 13:46 PDT
Expires: 09 Jul 2004 13:46 PDT
Question ID: 358777
Where (play, sonnet) did he write about "sleep knitting up the raveled
sleeve of care?
Subject: Re: Shakespeare reference
Answered By: markj-ga on 09 Jun 2004 14:03 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
jcn1234 --

The phrase you have in mind is "sleep that knits up the ravell'd
sleeve of care."  It occurs in Act II, Scene II of Macbeth and is
spoken by the title character.  Here it is in context:

"Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast,--"

Here is a link to the text of that scene:
MIT Tech: Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2

And here is a link to a page with links to the entire text of the play:
MIT Tech: Macbeth

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