William Holman Hunt, Claudio and Isabella, 1850, oil on mahogany, 758 x 426 x 10 mm (Tate Britain)View this work up close on the Google Art Project: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/tate-britain/artwork/claudio-and-isabella-william-holman-hunt/331292/From William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Act III, scene 1 (a room in a prison):ISABELLA What says my brother?CLAUDIO Death is a fearful thing.ISABELLA And shamed life a hateful.CLAUDIO Ay, but to die, and go we know not where; To lie in cold obstruction and to rot; This sensible warm motion to become A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice; To be imprison'd in the viewless winds, And blown with restless violence round about The pendent world; or to be worse than worst Of those that lawless and incertain thought Imagine howling: 'tis too horrible! The weariest and most loathed worldly life That age, ache, penury and imprisonment Can lay on nature is a paradise To what we fear of death.ISABELLAAlas, alas!
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