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Re: Great Literary Quotes

Here's one from Willie that I used to FORCE my seventh graders to memorize. (I bet they still know it.) It's Titania, arguing with Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream: (If I botch a line you can deduct points).

Set your heart at rest.
The fairyland buys not the child from me.
His mother was a votress of my order and
In the spiced Indian air by night
Full often hath she gossiped by my side,
and sat with me on Neptune's yellow sand,
Marking the embarked traders on the flood.
When we have laughed to see the sails conceive
And grow big bellied with the wanton wind
which she, with pretty and with swinging gait
Would imitate and sail upon the land
To fetch me trifles and return again
As from a voyage, rich with merchandise.
But she, being mortal, of that boy did die.
And for her sake do I rear up her boy.
And for her sake I will not part with him.

Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
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