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Quotation by Shakespeare
If then true lovers have ever been crossed It stands as an edict in destiny. Then let us teach our trial patience, Because it is a customary cross, As due to love and thoughts, and dreams, and sighs, Wishes, and tears—poor fancy's followers.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermia, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 150-5.
"Crossed" means thwarted; "fancy" suggests both love and the capricious workings of the imagination.
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