Statues - Hither & Thither
William ShakespeareStratford-upon-Avon 1564 - id. 1616
English poet and playwright
Charles J. Allen
We have but collected
The fame of Shakespeare
To the Memory of
to their disinterested affection
the world owes all
that it calls SHAKESPEARE
collected his dramatic writings
regardless of pecuniary loss
and without the hope of any profit
gave them to the world
THEY THUS MERITED
THE GRATITUDE OF MANKIND
Extract from the Preface
To the great Variety of Readers It had bene a thing, we confesse,
worthie to have bene wished,
that the Author himselfe had liv'd.
to have set forth, and overseene
his owne writings; but since it hath
bin ordain'd otherwise, and he by death
departed from that right,
we pray you do not envie his Friends,
the office of their care, and paine,
to have collected & publish'd them;
absolute in their numbers,
as he conceived them.
Who, as he was a happie imitator of Nature,
was a most gentle expresser of it.
His mind and Hand went together:
and what he thought, he uttered
with that easinesse, that wee have scarse
received from him a blot in his papers.
lived in this parish
upwards of thirty years
He had nine children
eight of whom were baptized here
and six buried
He was buried here
December 29 1627.
His wife was also buried here.
"Let all the ends thou aim'st at
be thy country's thy God's and truth's"
henry viii act 3 scene 2
GIVEN TO THE NATION BY CHARLES CLEMENT WALKER ESQr
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