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Then take in hand thy lyre; Strike in thy proper strain; With
Japhet's line l aspire Sol's chariot, for new fire To give the
world again: Who aided him, will thee, the issue of Jove's brain.
And, since our dainty age Cannot endure reproof, Make not thyself a
page To that strumpet the stage; But sing high and aloof, Safe from
the wolf's black jaw, and the dull ass's hoof. To The Memory Of My
Beloved Master William Shakspeare, And What He Hath Left us.
[Printed by Gifford in Underwoods, but really from the First Folio
edition of Shakspeare, 1623.] To draw no envy, Shakspeare, on thy
name, Am I thus ample to thy book and fame; While I confess thy
writings to be such, As neither Man nor Muse can praise too much.
'Tis true, and all men's suffrage. But these ways Were not the
paths I meant unto thy praise; For seeliest ignorance on these may
light, Which, when it sounds at best, but echr" Or blind affection,
which doth ne'e1- The truth, but gropes, and ur, ..' Or crafty
malice might: . And think to ruin " ' These are, as '.- -0, Should
pra .iurt heif But thou an. and, indeed, Above the ill ..n, or the
need. i, m'i lirn: son of lapetus. I therefore will begin: Soul of
the age ! The applause;- delight, the wonder of our stage! My
Shakspeare, rise! I will not lodge thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or
bid Beaumont lie- A little further, to make thee a room1: Thou prt
a monument without ? tnmh, r And art alive still while thy book
doth live, And we have wits to read, and praise to give. That I not
mix thee so my brain excuses, ? I mean with great, but
disproportioned Muses; For if I thought my judgment were of years,
I should commit thee surely with thy peers, And tell...
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