Shakespeare & Stratford

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Page 91 - Sweet Swan of Avon! what a sight it were To see thee in our Water yet appear, And make those flights upon the banks of Thames That so did take Eliza, and our James!
Page 114 - Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear To dig the dust enclosed here ; Blessed be he that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones.
Page 124 - HABET. STAY PASSENGER, WHY GOEST THOU BY so FAST, READ, IF THOU CANST, WHOM ENVIOUS DEATH HATH PLAST WITHIN THIS MONUMENT, SHAKESPEARE, WITH WHOME QUICK NATURE DIDE; WHOSE NAME DOTH DECK YS TOMBE FAR MORE THEN COST ; SITH ALL YT HE HATH WRITT LEAVES LIVING ART BUT PAGE TO SERVE HIS WITT.
Page 91 - WHAT needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones The labour of an age in piled stones ? Or that his hallowed reliques should be hid Under a star-ypointing pyramid ? Dear son of memory, great heir of fame, What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name ? Thou in our wonder and astonishment Hast built thyself a livelong monument.
Page 77 - ... bowers to lay me down; To husband out life's taper at the close, And keep the flame from wasting by repose. I still had hopes, for pride attends us still, Amidst the swains to show my...
Page 25 - There, too, was his tobacco-box; which proves that he was a rival smoker of Sir Walter Raleigh : the sword also with which he played Hamlet; and the identical lantern with which Friar Laurence discovered Romeo and Juliet at the tomb!
Page 177 - He had, by a misfortune common enough to young fellows, fallen into ill company, and, amongst them, some that made a frequent practice of deer-stealing engaged him more than once in robbing a park that belonged to Sir Thomas Lucy, of Charlcote, near Stratford.
Page 179 - To covet so much deer, "When horns enough upon his head "Most plainly did appear. "Had not his worship one deer left? "What then? He had a wife "Took pains enough to find him horns "Should last him during life."3 Joshua Barnes, who lived from 1654 to 1712' was a Greek scholar and antiquary who belonged to Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Page 107 - But higher even than the genius we rate the character of this unique man, and the grand impersonality of what he wrote. What has he told us of himself? In our self-exploiting nineteenth century, with its melancholy liver-complaint, how serene and high he seems ! If he had sorrows, he has made them the woof of everlasting consolation to his kind ; and if, as poets are wont to whine, the outward world was cold to him, its biting air did but trace itself in loveliest frost-work of fancy on the many...
Page 177 - And though this, probably the first essay of his poetry, be lost, yet it is said to have been so very bitter, that it redoubled the prosecution against him to that degree that he was obliged to leave his business and family in Warwickshire for some time, and shelter himself in London.

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