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!


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..."