Shakespeare, Actor-Poet: As Seen by His Associates, Explained by Himself and Remembered by the Succeeding Generation

Shakespeare, Actor-Poet: As Seen by His Associates, Explained by Himself and Remembered by the Succeeding Generation

Shakespeare, Actor-Poet: As Seen by His Associates, Explained by Himself and Remembered by the Succeeding Generation

Shakespeare, Actor-Poet: As Seen by His Associates, Explained by Himself and Remembered by the Succeeding Generation

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Sweet are the uses of adversity. . . .
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in everything.

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IN a house whose dark oaken beams and pointed gable-ends recall the picturesque dwellings of old Normandy, William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon the twenty-third of April, 1564.

His parents, well-to-do landowners of the countryside, belonging to what was called the yeoman class, had, upon their marriage, acquired this "town" property, bordering on Henley Street and possessed of a small garden. Here, between the blacksmith's forge, worked by Richard Horneby, and the tailor's shop of William Wedgwood, young Will's youth was passed.

There is a reminiscence of a boyhood impression, in
King John , of these neighbours startled by the nocturnal
arrival of a royal messenger:

I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,
The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool,
With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news;
Who, with his shears and measures in his hand,
Standing on slippers (which his nimble haste
Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet)
Told of a many thousand warlike French. . . .

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