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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
O, the heavens!
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,
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.
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
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.
ADDITIONAL COMMENDATORY VERSES,
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
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,
On worthy MASTER SHAKESPEARE,
And his Poems.
And equal surface can make things appear, -
Yet so to temper passion, that our ears
- While the plebeian imp, from lofty throne,
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