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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Merchant of Venice, v. 1

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
HOW 1 sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
Sit, Jessica: look, how the floor of heaven        5
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There ’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins:
Such harmony is in immortal souls;        10
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it …
 
Note 1. Shakespeare. ‘Merch. of Venice’, v. 1. [back]
 
 
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