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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:816
AUTHOR:William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
QUOTATION:If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound 1
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour!
ATTRIBUTION:Twelfth Night. Act i. Sc. 1.  [text]
WORKS:William Shakespeare Collection.
 
Note 1.
”Like the sweet south” in Dyce and Singer. This change was made at the suggestion of Pope. [back]
 

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