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Quotation by Shakespeare
He's speaking now,
Or murmuring, "Where's my serpent of old Nile?"
(For so he calls me).
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Cleopatra, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 1, sc. 5, l. 24-6.
Antony's affectionate phrase also suggests evil (Satan as serpent), and the "worm" that gives Cleopatra her death-wound.
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