Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Not Peer Reviewed

Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1664)

Upon the Effigies of my worthy Friend, the Au-
thour Mr. W. Shakespeare, and his Works.

SPectator, this Lifes Shadow is; to see
The truer Image and a livelier he
Turn Reader. But, observe his Comick vain,
Laugh, and proceed next to a Tragick 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.

To the Memory of Mr. W. Shakespeare.

WE wonder (Shakespeare) that thou went'st so
From the VVorlds-Stage, to the Graves-Tyring-
We thought thee dead, but this thy Printed worth,
Tells thy Spectators, that thou went'st but forth
To enter with applause. An Actors Art,
Can dye, and live, to act a second Part.
That's but an Exit of Mortality;
This, a Re-entrance to a Plaudite.
J. M.