Swift As A Shadow, Short As Any Dream; Brief As The Lightning In The Collied Night, That In A Spleen Unfolds Both Heaven And Earth, And Ere A Man Hath Power To Say, "Behold!

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Swift as a shadow, short as any dream;
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That in a spleen unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man hath power to say, "Behold!"
The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
So quick bright things come to confusion.
-- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), A Midsummer Night's Dream
-- Act i, Sc. 1