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" Oh ! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as 1'ersian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar ; I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance. "
Moby-Dick - Page 560
by Herman Melville - 2008 - 664 pages
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Man's Changing Mask: Modes and Methods of Characterization in Fiction

Charles Child Walcutt - 1966 - 368 pages
...in his hand, and exclaiming: " 'Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar . . .' " (Chapter CXIX.) Worshiping Ahmazd in the fire of lightning, Ahab was struck by that lightning....
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Pursuing Melville, 1940-1980: Chapters and Essays

Merton M. Sealts - Literary Criticism - 1982 - 419 pages
...Candles." "Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship . . . ; I now know that thy right worship is defiance. To neither love nor reverence wilt thou be kind. . . . Come in thy lowest form of love, and I will kneel and kiss thee; but at thy highest, come as...
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Osiris N.: The Victim and the American Novel

Biyot Kesh Tripathy - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 282 pages
...strike, Ahab defines himself: "Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned...worship is defiance. To neither love nor reverence will thou be kind. ... I own thy speechless placeless power; but to the last gasp of my earthquake...
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Melville's Later Novels

William B. Dillingham - Literary Criticism - 1986 - 430 pages
...nature: " 'Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour...and I now know that thy right worship is defiance" (p. 416). Ahab is not saying that he is a converted Zoroastrian 2 ' but that the Creator he once worshipped—or...
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New Essays on Moby-Dick

Richard H. Brodhead - Literary Criticism - 1986 - 184 pages
...rebellious beings only to destroy them, those beings may offer him a worship suitable to their fate. "To neither love nor reverence wilt thou be kind;...for hate thou canst but kill; and all are killed." Therefore Ahab achieves the truest and deepest expression of his own being by coming to the furious...
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Moby Dick, Or The Whale: Volume 6, Scholarly Edition

Herman Melville - Fiction - 1988 - 1048 pages
...till in the sacramental act so burned by thce, that to this hour I bear the scar; I now know thce, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship...neither love nor reverence wilt thou be kind; and e'en tor hate thou canst but kill; and all are killed. No fearless fool now fronts thee. I own thy speechless,...
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In Respect to Egotism: Studies in American Romantic Writing

Joel Porte - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 316 pages
...easily as any other such speech: "Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on These seas I as Persian once did worship, till In the sacramental act so burned...worship is defiance. To neither love nor reverence will thou Be kind; and e'en for hate thou canst but kill; And all are killed. No fearless fool now...
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Self and Other: Object Relations in Psychoanalysis and Literature

Robert Rogers - Family & Relationships - 1993 - 195 pages
...electricity illuminating the ship's masts and rigging during a storm, he worships the spirit of fire: "I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance." As a rebellious, hubristic tragic hero, he will strike through the mask of all existence: 'Talk not...
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The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1993 - 1092 pages
...fragments, no. 20 (c. 480 BC). 2 Oh! thou clear spirit ot" clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian nette. 4 Though the practice of chivalry fell even more sadly short of its theoretic standard tor hate thou canst but kill; and all are killed. No fearless fool now fronts thee. HERMAN MELVILLE...
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