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Sparrows fall

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 06, 2006

In Reply to: Sparrows fall posted by Rachel on April 06, 2006

: Need to know where "watching the sparrows fall" comes from. Context is "There are gods; there are plenty of them around, but I don't think they're watching the sparrows fall." Apparently this comes from Hamlet's "There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow." But is that really true. Just before Hamlet says this he's talking about an augury. That to me doesn't seem like God watching sparrows fall. Sure it's some kind of divination, but is it really the same thing? If anyone has any clues, I'd like to hear them.

I don't think it's from Hamlet. I think it's a ference to (or rather a contradiction of) Jesus' remark in Matthew x.29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father". Hamlet is also referring to Jesus' saying, but he is actually agreeing with it; he means "even a sparrow's death is not random but is ordained by providence".