Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Not Peer Reviewed

Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1664)

Upon the Lines and Life of the Famous Scenick
Poet Mr. VV. Shakespeare.
THose hands, which you so clapt, goe now
and wring
You Britaines brave; for done are Shake-
speares dayes:
His dayes are done, that made the dainty Playes,
VVhich made the Globe of Heav'n and Earth
to ring.
Dry'd is that Vein, dry'd is the Thespian Spring,
Turn'd all to tears, and Phœbus Clouds his
That Corps, that Coffin now bestick those Bays,
VVhich crown'd him Poet first, then Poets King.
If Tragedies might any Prologue have,
All those he made, would scarce make one to
VVhere Fame, now that he gone is to the Grave,
(Deaths publick Tyring-house) the Nuncius is.
For though his Line of Life went soon about,
The Life yet of his Lines shall never out.

Hugh Holland.