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

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
TELL 1 me where is Fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourishèd?
          Reply, reply.
 
It is engender’d in the eyes,        5
With gazing fed; and Fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies:
Let us all ring Fancy’s knell;
I’ll begin it,—Ding, dong, bell.
  Ding, dong, bell.        10
 
Note 1. Shakespeare. Song in ‘Merchant of Venice’. [back]
 
 
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