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Quotation by Shakespeare
Thus can the demigod, Authority
Make us pay down for our offence, by weight,
The words of heaven: on whom it will, it will;
On whom it will not, so; yet still 'tis just.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Measure for Measure, act 1, sc. 2, l. 120-3.
On being committed to prison for getting Juliet with child; the "words of heaven" are from Romans 9: 15-18, where God's pleasure is to have mercy or otherwise as He pleases.
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