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Quotation by Shakespeare
Ere the bat hath flown
His cloistered flight, ere to black Hecate's summons
The shard-born beetle with his drowsy hums
Hath rung night's yawning peal, there shall be done
A deed of dreadful note.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 3, sc. 2, l. 40-4.
Bats and dung-beetles ("shard-borne") were associated with darkness, and here with Hecate, goddess of witchcraft.
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