Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Well, nobody knows for sure that he was born on this date exactly (his christening was April 26, and the christening usually took place a few days after the baby was born), but April 23 is basically a good guess and his birth has been traditionally celebrated on this date.

Here's an oldie but goodie, Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Also, Happy Birthday to my brother, too!


2 comments:

Myrhaf said...

At rehearsal of Antony and Cleopatra last night, I noted to some of my fellow actors that it was Shakespeare's 444th birthday. The Artistic Director, however, ignores the date -- he thinks the Earl Oxford was Shakespeare.

Myrhaf said...

That should read "the Earl of Oxford..."