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  • There goes 'the seld shown flamen, _puffing_ his way to _win a vulgar station_,' here is a 'veiled dame' who lets us see that 'war of white and damask in her nicely gawded cheeks,' a moment; -- look at that 'kitchen malkin,' peering over the wall there with 'her richest lockram' 'pinned on her reechy neck,' eyeing the hero as he passes; and look at this poor baby here, this Elizabethan baby, saved, conserved alive, crying himself

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • 1136: In their nicely gawded Cheekes, toth 'wanton spoyle

    Coriolanus (1623 First Folio Edition)

  • II. i.232 (337,3) Commit the war of white and damask, in/Their nicely gawded cheeks] [W: wars] Has the commentator never heard of roses

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies


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  • "...our veil'd dames

    Commit the war of white and damask, in

    Their nicely gawded cheeks, to the wanton spoil

    Of Phoebus' burning kisses..."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009