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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
On Shakespear 1630
By John Milton (1608–1674)
 
WHAT needs my Shakespear for his honour’d Bones,
The labour of an age in pilèd Stones,
Or that his hallow’d reliques should be hid
Under a Stary-pointing Pyramid?
Dear son of Memory, great heir of Fame,        5
What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?
Thou in our wonder and astonishment
Hast built thy self a live-long Monument.
For whilst to th’ shame of slow-endeavouring art,
Thy easie numbers flow, and that each heart        10
Hath from the leaves of thy unvalu’d Book,
Those Delphick lines with deep impression took,
Then thou our fancy of it self bereaving,
Dost make us Marble with too much conceaving;
And so Sepulcher’d in such pomp dost lie,        15
That Kings for such a Tomb would wish to die.
 
 
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