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William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare's funerary monument at Holy Trinity Church. The work of sculptor Gerard Johnson (Gheerart Janssen), it was probably commissioned by the author's son-in-law John Hall and installed before 1622. It was mentioned in one of the prefatory poems of the First Folio (1623).

The inscription is a Latin epitaph followed by a poem in English, and his death date:

"A Pylian in judgement, a Socrates in genius, a Maro [Virgil] in art,
The earth buries him, the people mourn him, Olympus possesses him

"Stay Passenger, why goest thou by so fast?
Read if thou canst, whom envious Death hath plast
Within this monument Shakspeare: with whom
Quick nature died: whose name doth deck this tomb Far more than cost: [since] all that he hath writ
Leaves living art, but page to serve his wit.

"OBIIT AŅO DOI 1616
¯TATIS٠53 DIE 23 APR."
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2006 photograph by Tom Reedy, released into the public domain on Wikipedia.
Added by: Creative Commons
4/02/2014
 
 

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