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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Young Love

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “The Merchant of Venice,” Act III. Scene 2

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;

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.