From The White Devil ("Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright")

Original Text: 
The White Devil (London: Printed by N.O for Thomas Archer, 1612) sig. H4v-Ir / STC (2nd ed.) 25178
2But looked to near, have neither heat nor light.


1] The malcontent Flamineo speaks this epigram in the final act of the play. The couplet is also quoted in a radically different context by the character Bosola in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (Q1623, sig. Kr). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Christopher Matusiak
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