This essay offers a re-interpretation of the Dreams central religious allusion, the echo of 1 Corinthians 2.9-10 in Bottoms vision speech. It is argued that the speechs signification must be understood as contextualized by the utilization made of holy reference throughout the Dream. To this end the text highlights a number of religious allusions (some previously unremarked), and demonstrates the nature of these appropriations as offering dislocation to the references sacred indication.
Bottoms speech itself is approached via Stuart Sillars suggestion that the lines indicate a possible allusion to Chaloners translation of Erasmuss Moriæ Encomium. I show how a more expanded understanding of the relationship between these two texts would work to elaborate the Dreams thematic concern with the elevation of the ignorant and the inversion of authority. More significantly, I suggest that these allusions work to transpose the appropriated vision of mystical revelation into that of a vision realized through the aesthetic processes of a theatre of dissimulation.