Sunday, March 29, 2020
Shakespeare References in Edgar Cayce On Reincarnation
A little later Langley writes, “and the other was spiritually insulated against the ‘sea of sorrows’ to which man falls heir” (p. 41). This could be a combination of references to both Hamlet and The Tempest. In Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy, he says “a sea of troubles” and then “the thousand natural shocks/That flesh is heir to.” In The Tempest, Prospero says “Sit still, and hear the last of our sea-sorrow.” So, maybe, maybe not. Then at the beginning of the book’s fourth chapter, there is a subtitle: “THE WAGES OF VIRTUE, AND THE WAGES OF SIN” (p. 49). At the end of King Lear, Albany says, “All friends shall taste/The wages of their virtue.” There is then another reference to The Tempest: “These humanoids or mutants feature extensively in the Atlantean records as a primitive form of antediluvian life, the last faint echoes of which linger in Shakespeare’s Caliban and in the fauns, centaurs and minotaurs of Greek mythology” (p. 58). There is also another reference to King Lear: “and the ego depends for its self-preservation on the illusion that it is more sinned against than sinning” (p. 126). Lear says, “I am a man/More sinned against than sinning.” This book also contains a reference to Macbeth, with Langley writing “an incompatible mixture of dedicated zealotry and infirmity of purpose” (p. 180). Lady Macbeth, upset when her husband suddenly balks at returning the daggers to the scene of the crime, says, “Infirm of purpose!” There is another reference to Othello, with Langley writing “In brief, concealed beneath all the pomp and circumstance of the Fifth Council there was a witchhunt in full cry” (p. 198). This is a reference to Othello’s line “Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!”
Edgar Cayce On Reincarnation was published in 1967.