Tell me, where is fancy bred?

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Lyricist: William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III,Sc 2

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Tell me, where is fancy bred?
Or in the heart, or in the head?
how begot? how nourished?

It is engender'd 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.

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