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If music be the food of love, play on;
 William ShakespeareTwelfth Night (1623). copy citation

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Date
1623
Language
English
Reference
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Act I, Scene 1
Note
Written between 1601 and 1602 Duke Orsino line
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Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master This sentence spoken by Duke Orsino is the very first line of the play. The Duke complains about his unhappy romance, and asks that music be played, because according to him music exalts love. He even hopes that his feelings will grow to a point where disgust will extinguish his love.
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