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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Tell me where is Fancy Bred
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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TELL me where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourished?
    Reply, reply.
 
It is engendered 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,
    Chorus.—Ding-dong, bell.        10
 
 
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