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The Merchant of Venice

By Shakespeare, William

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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The Merchant of Venice  
Author: Shakespeare, William
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Your silence and attention, worthy friends, / That your free spirits may with more pleasing sense / Relish the life of this our active scene: / To which intent, to calm this murmuring breath, / We ring this round with our invoking spells; / If that your listning ears be yet prepard / To entertain the subject of our play, / Lend us your patience. / Tis Peter Fabell, a renowned Scholler, / Whose fame hath still been hitherto forgot / By all the writers of this latter age. / In Middle-sex his birth and his abode, / Not full seven mile from this great famous City, / That, for his fame in sleights and magicke won, / Was calde the merry Friend of Emonton. / If any here make doubt of such a name, / In Edmonton yet fresh unto this day, / Fixt in the wall of that old antient Church, / His monument remayneth to be seen; / His memory yet in the mouths of men, / That whilst he lived he could deceive the Devill. / Imagine now that whilst he is retirde / From Cambridge back unto his native home, / Suppose the silent, sable visagde night / Casts her black curtain over all the World; / And whilst he sleeps within his silent bed, / Toiled with the studies of the passed day...

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