To the memorie of M.W. Shake-speare by James Mabbe

Wee wondred, Shake-speare, that thou went’st so soone
From the Worlds-Stage, to the Graves-Tyring-roome.
Wee thought thee dead, but this thy printed worth,
Tels thy Spectators, that thou went’st but forth
To enter with applause. An Actors Art,
Can dye, and live, to acte a second part.
That’s but an Exit of Mortalitie;
This, a Re-entrance to a Plaudite.

From: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/firstfolio.html

Date: 1623

By: James Mabbe (1572-1642)

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