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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Shakspere
 
He was not of an age, but for all time!
Sweet swan of Avon!
        Ben Jonson.—Underwoods. To the Memory of Shakespeare.
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What needs my Shakespeare for his honour’d bones,
The labour of an age in piled stones?
        Milton.—On Shakespeare, 1630.
  2
Each change of many-colour’d life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagined new:
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
And panting Time toil’d after him in vain.
        Dr. Johnson.—Prologue 1747, Line 3, at the opening of Drury Lane.
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And he, the man whom Nature’s self had made
To mock herself, and Truth to imitate.
        Spenser.—Tears of the Muses, Line 205.
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Nature listening stood, whilst Shakespeare play’d,
And wonder’d at the work herself had made.
        Churchill.—The Author.
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Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy’s child,
Warble his native wood-notes wild.
        Milton.—L’Allegro, Line 133.
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Thou, in our wonder and astonishment,
Hast built thyself a livelong monument.
        Milton.—On Shakespeare, 1630.
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Ay, that d——d Shakespeare! I hear the fellow was nothing but a deer-stealer in Warwickshire. If he had sold the venison, there would have been some sense in that; he would have made money by it; a better trade than writing plays——What right had my son to read Shakespeare; I never read Shakespeare.
        Murphy.—The Apprentice, Act I. Scene 1.
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