Quote for Today: William Shakespeare

Gustave Doré, Illustration to The Divine Comedy by Dante, 1892

 

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 is not the smallest orb that thou behold’st

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.

Come, ho! And wake Diana with a hymn:

With sweetest touches pierce your mistress’ ear

And draw her home with music.

–Lorenzo, The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare

Image: Gustave Doré, Illustration to The Divine Comedy by Dante, 1892

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