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1 Ophelia: Will, this rewrite you've done is fine up to the power of the Congress to regulate commerce. But then...
2 Ophelia: {reading} "Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes / That they behold and see not what they see?
3 Ophelia: {reading} "They know what free trade is, see where it lies, / Yet regulate, for not the worst to be."
4 Shakespeare: You don't think Loren will like it?
4 Ophelia: I think you have the wrong "Act of Congress" in mind...

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Sonnet #137.

Compare and contrast to Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution.

2015-11-06 Rerun commentary: Ophelia may or may not be referring to this.

(The correct answer is hidden on Wiktionary.)

You know, I wouldn't put it past the real world Shakespeare to be able to write a love sonnet with imagery including the words "free trade" and "regulate".

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