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  • Title: Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1664)

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    Author: Ben Jonson
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    Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1664)

    An EPITAPH

    On the admirable Dramatick Poet,

    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

    WHat need my Shakespeare for his honour'd
    bones,
    The labour of an Age, in piled stones,
    Or that his hallow'd Reliques should be hid
    Under a Starre-y pointing Pyramid?
    Dear Son of Memory, great Heir of Fame,
    VVhat need'st thou such dull witnesse of thy
    Name?
    Thou in our wonder and astonishment
    Hast built thy self a lasting Monument.
    For whil'st to th' shame of slow-endeavouring
    Art
    Thy easie numbers flow, and that each part,
    Hath from the leaves of thy unvalued Book,
    Those Delphick Lines with deep Impression
    took
    Then thou our fancy of her self bereaving,
    Dost make us Marble with too much con-
    ceiving,
    And so Sepulcher'd in such pomp dost lie,
    That Kings for such a Tomb would wish to die