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Quotation by Shakespeare
There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins; Such harmony is in immortal souls, But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Lorenzo, in The Merchant of Venice, act 5, sc. 1, l. 60-5.
It was thought that the soul, liberated from the body ("vesture of decay"), might hear the music made by the stars in their motions; cherubim were covered with eyes, according to Ezekiel 10:12.
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