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ACT V. SCENE I.

BELMONT: A GROVE OR GREEN PLACE BEFORE PORTIA'S. HOUSE.

JESSICA, LORENZO, AND STEPHANO.

Lorenzo. HOW sweet the moon-light sleeps upon this bank! Here will we 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's not the smallest orb which 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.

Painted by William Hodges, R.A. Engraved by John Browne.

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