Why does Duke Orsino say "If music be the food of love, play on" in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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Duke Orsino is suffering, and he is hoping that the music will end his suffering.

Duke Orsino is in love, but his love is unrequited. Olivia has vowed off men.  She has experienced some hardships because both her father and brother died and she wants to take a seven year mourning period to recover from the loss.  This is a different kind of love.  Duke Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with her, but she will have none of it.  This is why he tells the musician to play on, because...

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