Note 029
From Chapter 27 of the Decline & Fall

Gregory's Poem on his own Life contains some beautiful lines (tom. ii. p. 8 [ed. Paris, 1609]), which burst from the heart, and speak the pangs of injured and lost friendship: - Ancient Greek

In the Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena addresses the same pathetic complaint to her friend Hermia:-

Is all the counsel that we two have shared, The sisters' vows, etc.

Shakspeare had never read the poems of Gregory Nazianzen; he was ignorant of the Greek language— but his mother-tongue, the language of Nature, is the same in Cappadocia and in Britain.

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