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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Songs and Their Settings
Where Is Fancy Bred?
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From the ‘Merchant of Venice

A SONG  [the whilst Bassanio comments on the caskets to himself]

TELL me, where is fancy bred,—
  Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourishèd?
        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.
  All—    Ding, dong, bell.        10
 
 
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