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Insolent Greece and Haughty Rome

And though thou hadst small Latin and less Greek,
 From thence to honour thee I would not seek,
 For names, but call forth thund'ring Aeschylus,
 Euripides, and Sophocles to us,
 Pacuvius, Accius, him of Cordova dead,
 To life again, to hear thy buskin tread,
 And shake a stage; or, when thy socks were on,
 Leave thee alone for the comparison
 Of all that insolent Greece or haughty Rome
 Sent forth, or since did from their ashes come.

("To the Memory of my beloved, Master William Shakespeare") Next