Quotation by Shakespeare

Poor Desdemona! I am glad thy father's dead.
Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief
Shore his old thread in twain.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Gratiano, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 205-6.

Cutting the thread of life alludes to the Fates who in ancient mythology spun the thread (Clotho) and cut it at death (Atropos); the phrase became proverbial; "shore" means sheared.
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