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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Stratford-on-Avon
On Shakespeare, 1630
John Milton (1608–1674)
 
WHAT needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones
The labor of an age in piléd stones,
Or that his hallowed reliques should be hid
Under a star-ypointing 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 thyself a livelong monument.
For whilst to the shame of slow endeavoring art
Thy easy numbers flow, and that each heart        10
Hath from the leaves of thy unvalued book
Those Delphic lines with deep impression took;
Then thou our fancy of itself bereaving,
Dost make us marble with too much conceiving;
And so sepulchred, in such pomp dost lie,        15
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
 
 
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