|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||William Shakespeare (15641616)|
|QUOTATION:||How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!|
Here we will 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
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There s not the smallest orb which thou beholdst
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins.
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Merchant of Venice. Act. v. Sc. 1. [text]|
|WORKS:||William Shakespeare Collection.|