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The Merchant of Venice

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Enter LORENZO and JESSICA
LORENZO and JESSICA enter.





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LORENZO
The moon shines bright. In such a night as this,
When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees
And they did make no noise, in such a night
Troilus methinks mounted the Trojan walls
And sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents
Where Cressid lay that night.
LORENZO
The moon’s bright tonight. I think that on a night like this, when the wind blew the trees so gently that they didn’t make a sound,

Troilus

Troilus was the son of King Priam of Troy. His lover, Cressida, was sent to the Greek camp, where she betrayed him.

Troilus
climbed up onto the walls of Troy and sighed for Cressida in the Greek camp.




JESSICA
     In such a night
Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew
And saw the lion’s shadow ere himself
And ran dismayed away.
JESSICA


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LORENZO
    In such a night
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
Upon the wild sea banks, and waft her love
To come again to Carthage.
LORENZO
On a night like this,

Dido

Dido, the queen of Carthage, was abandoned by her lover Aeneas.

Dido
stood holding a willow branch on the seashore, begging her lover to come back to her in Carthage.



JESSICA
    In such a night
Medea gathered the enchanted herbs
That did renew old Æson.
JESSICA

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