Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023396, Tue, 16 Oct 2012 01:44:17 -0400

Re: THOUGHT: "First sight" in LOLITA

The strength of the emotion of "love at first sight" is shown by the ability of the phrase to come down to us exactly how it was used by Christopher Marlowe (and who knows how much earlier.)Thank you for these wonderful snippets.
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:08:51 -0400
From: nabokv-l@HOLYCROSS.EDU
Subject: [NABOKV-L] THOUGHT: "First sight" in LOLITA

Mike Marcus writes:
“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

Couplet by Christopher Marlowe:

"Where both deliberate, the love is slight:

Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?

Philip Sidney's sonnet #2, from Astrophel and Stella:

Not at first sight, nor with a dribbèd shot,

Love gave the wound, which, while I breathe will bleed;

But known worth did in mine of time proceed,

Till by degrees it had full conquest got.

I saw, and liked; I liked, but lovèd not;

I loved, but straight did not what Love decreed:

At length to Love's decrees I forced agreed,

Yet with repining at so partial lot.

Now even that footstep of lost liberty

Is gone; and now, like slave-born Muscovite,

I call it praise to suffer tyranny;

And now employ the remnant of my wit

To make myself believe that all is well,

While with a feeling skill I paint my hell. "

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