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SPIDERS
[ Also see Insects ]

I've lately had two spiders
  Crawling upon my startled hopes--
    Now though thy friendly hand has brushed 'em from me,
      Yet still they crawl offensive to mine eyes:
        I would have some kind friend to tread upon 'em.
      - Colley Cibber, Richard III (act IV, sc. 2),
        (altered)

Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit
  In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide:
    If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
      She feels it instantly on every side.
      - Sir John Davies,
        The Immortality of the Soul
         (sec. XVIII, Feeling)

Or (almost) like a Spider, who, confin'd
  In her Web's centre, shakt with every winde,
    Moves in an instant, if the buzzing Flie
      Stir but a string of her Lawn Canopie.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--First Week--Sixth Day
         (l. 998)

"Will you walk into my parlour?"
  Said a spider to a fly;
    "'Tis the prettiest little parlour
      That ever you did spy."
      - Mary Howitt, The Spider and the Fly

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
  Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 217)


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