In Memory of Shakespeare

This day marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.
The greatest poet and playwright who ever lived.

The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets by Frederic Leighton (1855)

The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets by Frederic Leighton (1855)

Sonnet XXIX

When in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,

Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least.

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;

For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

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