Shakespeare's Myths

2 Henry VI (c. 1590), III.ii.409-11:

Queen Margaret [to Suffolk]:

To France, sweet Suffolk, Let me hear from thee.

For wheresoe’er thou art in this world’s Globe

I’ll have an Iris that shall find thee out.


Troilus and Cressida (1602-1603, 1602), I.iii.371-73:

Ulysses: For that will physic the great Myrmidon,

Who broils in loud applause, and make him fall

His crest, that prouder than blue Iris bends.


All’s Well that Ends Well (1603-1604, 1603), I, iii, 146-48:

Countess [to Helena]: What’s the matter,

That this distempered messenger of wet,

The many-coloured Iris, rounds thine eye?


The Tempest (1611), IV.i.60-142 [wedding masque of Iris, Ceres and Juno]


The Two Noble Kinsmen (1613-1614, 1613), IV, i, 84-88:

Wooer:                        about her stuck

Thousand freshwater flowers of several colours —

That she appeared, methought, like the fair nymph

That feeds the lake with waters, or as Iris

Newly dropped down from heaven.


How to cite

Yves Peyré. "Iris."  2009.  In A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology (2009-), ed. Yves Peyré.

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