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Sir William Davenant's poem
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In 1638, Sir William Davenant's Madagascar contained the following poem, entitled "In Remembrance of Master William Shakespeare".
In Remembrance of Master William Shakespeare
Beware (delighted Poets!) when you sing
To welcome Nature in the early Spring;
    Your num'rous Feet not tread
The Banks of Avon; for each Flowre
(As it nere knew a Sunne or Showre)
    Hangs there, the pensive head.
Each Tree, whose thick, and spreading growth hath made,
Rather a Night beneath the Boughs, than Shade,
    (Unwilling now to grow)
Looks like the Plume a Captain weares,
Whose rifled Falls are steept i'th teares
    Which from his last rage flow.
The piteous River wept it selfe away
Long since (Alas!) to such a swift decay;
    That read the Map; and looke
If you a River there can spie;
And for a River your mock'd Eie,
    Will find a shallow Brooke.
Ben Jonson'e poem To the Memory of My Beloved
Baptismal record
Marriage record
Property records
Legal and Tax records
Heraldic records
Stratford-upon-Avon Council records
Theatre and acting records
Letters record
The six signatures of Shakespeare
Other evidence
Record of death
Will record
First Folio Introduction
First Folio Dedication
Evidence of Shakespeare's life etc
Shakespeare connections
BBC radio where public figures briefly explain what lines of Shakespeare are special to them

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