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Quotation by Shakespeare
I love a ballad but even too well, if it be doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed, and sung lamentably.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Clown, in The Winter's Tale, act 4, sc. 4, l. 188-90.
He likes a mixture of emotions in his ballads; "pleasant" means merry.
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