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William Shakespeare
(1564-1616) born on
Apr 23
English dramatist, poet. He is considered the greatest writer in any language for his 154 sonnets and 37 plays, e.g., "Hamlet," 1600.
Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade
To shepherds looking on their silly sheep,
Than doth a rich embroidered canopy
To kings that fear their subjects' treachery?

O God! methinks it were a happy life,
To be no better than a homely swain;
To sit upon a hill, as I do now,
To carve out dials, quaintly, point by point,
Thereby to see the minutes how they run,
How many make the hour full complete. . .
Stay we no longer, dreaming of renown,
But sound the trumpets, and about our task.
A little fire is quickly trodden out,
Which being suffered, rivers cannot quench.
And now what rests but that we spend the time
With stately triumphs, mirthful comic shows,
Such as befits the pleasure of the court?
Sound drums and trumpets! farewell sour annoy!
For here, I hope, begins our lasting joy.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Henry VI," Pt III," II. v. (42).
R: "Henry VI," Pt III," II. v. (21).
A: "Henry VI," Pt III," II. i.
N: "Henry VI," Pt III," IV.viii. (7).
K: Last lines, "Henry VI," Pt III," V.vi.

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