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Borrowing from the Bard?
10-06-2017, 05:02 PM
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Borrowing from the Bard?
We recently purchased a Cambridge edition of an 1896 publication of Shakespeare's Macbeth at a local library booksale.

Reading Act II, Scene IV, we came upon the following lines:

Old Man: Threescore and ten I can remember well:
Within the volume of which time I have seen
Hours dreadful and things strange, but this sore night
Hath trifled former knowings.

The words "Threescore and ten" stuck out. The similarity to "Fourscore and seven years ago" from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address came to mind. We recalled reading that Shakespeare was a favorite of Lincoln's, particularly Hamlet and Macbeth.

Looking online to see if anyone else had made this connection we came across the following article:

The Memorable Monosyllables of Lincoln's “Gettysburg Address” - Patch
https://patch.com/connecticut/.../the-me...tysburg...

Although the article has interesting information, we did not see a reference to the particular line found in Macbeth.

We wanted to share this information with Lincoln scholars who might be interested or have their thoughts on the subject.
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10-06-2017, 06:23 PM
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RE: Borrowing from the Bard?
Welcome to the forum, Randy! Your comments reminded me of a post that Scott (STS Lincolnite) made here.
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10-07-2017, 07:35 AM (This post was last modified: 10-07-2017 02:42 PM by Eva Elisabeth.)
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RE: Borrowing from the Bard?
The Bard (Shakespeare) borrowed from the Bible (too)...
Welcome to the forum, Randy!
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10-08-2017, 09:02 AM
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RE: Borrowing from the Bard?
Lincoln borrowed from Newhart

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4526484/b...g-npc-1995
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10-08-2017, 12:39 PM
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RE: Borrowing from the Bard?
(10-08-2017 09:02 AM)JMadonna Wrote:  Lincoln borrowed from Newhart

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4526484/b...g-npc-1995

Love it and love Bob Newhart! Thanks for sharing.
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10-08-2017, 11:39 PM
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RE: Borrowing from the Bard?
(10-08-2017 09:02 AM)JMadonna Wrote:  Lincoln borrowed from Newhart

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4526484/b...g-npc-1995

Pardon my logic, but at best this would have to be a reverse statement. Newhart was born after Lincoln died.

"So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history." -- Plutarch
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