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Certainly, sir, I can. Pro. By what? by any other house, or person 1 Of any thing the image tell me, that Hath kept with thy remembrance. Mira.

. 'Tis far off ; And rather like a dream than an assurance That my remembrance warrants : lad I not Four or five women once, that tended me ? Pro. Thou hadst, and more, Miranda: But

how is it, That this lives in thy mind? What seest thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time? If thou remember'st aught, ere thou cam'st here, How thou cam'st here, thou may’st. Mira.

But that I do not. Pro. Twelve year since, Miranda, twelve year

since, Thy father was the duke of Milan, and A prince of power.

Sir, are not you my father ? Pro. Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and She said — thou wast my daughter ; and thy

Was duke of Milan; and his only heir
And princess no worse issued.?

O, the heavens!
What foul play had we, that we came from thence ?
Or blessed was't, we did ?

Both, both, my girl . Abysm was the old mode of spelling abyss ; from its French original abisme. This line is usually printed thus :

“ A princess ;- no worse issued :" -which might indeed be admitted, but that there is no authority for it in the original; nor any nord of the change, the sense being clear enough without it.


Nor shall I e'er believe or think thee dead,
Though miss'd, until our bankrout stage be sped
(Impossible) with some new strain t' outdo
Passions of Juliet, and her Romeo;
Or till I hear a scene more nobly take,
Than when thy half-sword parleying Romans spake :-
Till these, till any of thy volume’s rest,
Shall with more fire, more feeling, be express'd,
Be sure, our Shakespeare, thou canst never die,
But, crown'd with laurel, live eternally.


To the Memory of MR. W. SHAKESPEARE. We wonder'd, Shakespeare, that thou went'st so soon From the world's stage to the grave's tiring-room: We thought thee dead; but this thy printed worth Tells thy spectators, that thou went'st but forth To enter with applause. An actor's art Can die, and live to act a second part: That's but an exit of mortality, This a re-entrance to a plaudite.

I. M."

Upon the Lines and Life of the famous Scenic Poet,

MASTER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. Those hands, which you so clapp'd, go now and wring, You Britons brave; for done are Shakespeare's days: His days are done, that made the dainty plays, Which made the Globe of heaven and earth to ring. Dried is that vein, dried is the Thespian spring,

The sense of this line is more clearly expressed in some verses by the same author, prefixed to an edition of Shakespeare's Po eis in 1640.

“ So have I seen, when Cæsar would appear,

And on the stage at half-sword parley were
Brutus and Cassius, o, how the audience
Were ravish'd! with what wonder they went thence ! ”

Supposed to be the initials of John Marstor.

'Turn'd all to tears, and Phæbus clouds his rays; That corpse, that coffin, now bestick those bays,

Which crown'd him poet first, then poet's king If tragedies might any prologue have,

All those he made would scarce make one to this Where fame, now that he gone is to the grave,

(Death's public tiring-house,) the Nuntius is : For, though his line of life went soon about, The life yet of his lines shall never out.



Prefixed to the folio of 1632.

Upon the Effigies of my worthy Friend, the Author, MASTER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, and his Works.

spectator, this life's shadow is :- to see
This truer image, and a livelier he,
Turn reader. But observe his comic vein,
Laugh; and proceed next to a tragic strain,
Then weep: so, when thou find'st two contraries,
Two different passions from thy rapt soul rise, -
Say, (who alone effect such wonders could,)
Rare Shakespeare to the life thou dost behold.

An Epitaph on the admirable Dramatic Poet,

W. SHAKESPEARE What needs my Shakespeare, for his honour'd bones The labour of an age in piled stones; Or that his hallow'd reliques should be lud Under a star-ypointing pyramid ? Dear son of Memory, great heir of Fame, What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?

6 The authorship of these lines was ascertained by iheir appearing in an edition of Milton's Poems, published in 1645. A.

Thou, in our wonder and astonishment,
Hast built thyself a live-long monument :
For whilst, to the shame of slow-endeavouring art,
Thy easy numbers flow; and that each heart
Hath, from the leaves of thy unvalued book,
Those Delphic lines with deep impression took ;
Then thou, our fancy of itself bereaving,
Dost make us marble with too much conceiving ;
And, so sepulcher’d, in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.


And his Poems.
· A mind reflecting ages past, whose clear

And equal surface can make things appear, -
Distant a thousand years, — and represent
Them in their lively colours, just extent :
To outrun hasty time, retrieve the fates,
Roll back the heavens, blow ope the iron gates
Of Death and Lethe, where confused lie
Great heaps of ruinous mortality :
In that deep dusky dungeon to discern
A royal ghost from churls; by art to learn
The physiognomy of sbades, and give
Them sudden birth, wondering how oft they live :
What story coldly tells, what poets feign
At second hand, and picture without brain,
Senseless and soul-less shows, to give a stage, ---
Ample, and true with life, — voice, action, age,
As Plato's year, and new scene of the world,
Them unto us, or us to them had hurl'd:
To raise our ancient sovereigns from their hearse,
Make kings his subjects ; by exchanging verse
Enlive their pale trunks, that the present age
Joys in their joy, and trembles at their rage ;

Yet so to temper passion, that our ears
Take pleasure in their pain, and eyes in tears
Both weep and smile ; fearful at plots so sad,
Then laughing at our fear; abus'd, and glad
To be abus'd; affected with that truth
Which we perceive is false, pleas'd in that ruth
At which we start, and, by elaborate play,
Tortur'd and tickled; by a crab-like way
Time past made pastime, and in ugly sort
Disgorging up his ravin for our sport: -

- While the plebeian imp, from lofty throne,
Creates and rules a world, and works upon
Mankind by secret engines; now to move
A chilling pity, then a rigorous love;
To strike up and stroke down both joy and ire
To steer the affections; and by heavenly fire
Mould us anew, stolen from ourselves : -
This, — and much more, which cannot be express'd
But by himself, his tongue, and his own breast, –
Was Shakespeare's freehold; which his cunning brain
Improv'd, by favour of the nine-fold train ;
The buskin'd muse, the comic queen, the grand
And louder tone of Clio, nimble band
And nimbler foot of the celodious pair,
The silver-voiced I

eady, the most fair Calliope, whox

e speaking silence daunts, And she wb

ose praise the heavenly body chants. These

Tointly woo'd him, envying one another, Obey'd jointly And by all as spouse, but lov'd as brother,

rought a curious robe, of sable grave, A green, and pleasant yellow, red most brave. Tu constant blue, rich purple, guiltless white,

lowly russet, and the scarlet bright: nch'd and embroider'd like the painted spring ; Sh leaf match'd with a flower, and each string

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