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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Young Love
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
From “The Merchant of Venice,” Act III. Scene 2

TELL 1 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.
      —Ding, dong, bell.        10
Note 1. Compare the following in the Euphues, 1580, of Lyly: “For as by Basill the Scorpion is engendred, and by means of the same pest destroyed: so love, which by time and fancy is bred in an idle head, is by time and fancie banished from the heart: or as the Salamander which being a long space nourished in the fire, at the last quencheth it, so affection, having taking hold of the fancie, and living as it were in the mind of the lover, in tract of time altereth and changeth the heat, and turneth it to chilliness.” [back]

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