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For Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews [Shakespeare For You]

🎭 For Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews,
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands. 

— Proteus, The Two Gentlemen in Verona, 3-2

Shakespeare loves music.  The idea that music moves harden hearts appears repeatedly in many comedies of his.


Proteus is talking to a man who is trying to attract a lady but she is not interested in him.  Proteus tells him to use music, for it will soften the hardest of the hardest.  But secretly, Proteus himself has fallen in love with the same lady.  He has a plot.  Thus, Proteus may act like a very tactful salesman.


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