Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Not Peer Reviewed

Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1664)

To the Reader.

This Figure, that thou here seest put,
It was for gentle Shakespeare cut;
Wherein the Graver had a strife
With Nature, to out-doe the Life:
O, could he but have drawn his Wit
As well in Brasse, as he has hit
His Face; the Print would then surpass
All, that was ever writ in Brasse.
But since he cannot, Reader, look
Not on his Picture, but his Book.