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Shakespeare monument, Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon

Memorial to William Shakespeare (d. 1616), erected in Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, probably before the death of his widow, Anne Hathaway (1623).

IVDICIO PYLIVM, GENIO SOCRATEM, ARTE MARONEM,
TERRA TEGIT, POPVLVS MAERET, OLYMPVS HABET
[In judgment a Nestor, in wit a Socrates, in art a Virgil:
The earth covers him, the people mourn him, Olympus possesses him.]
STAY PASSENGER, WHY GOEST THOV BY SO FAST?
READ IF THOV CANST, WHOM ENVIOVS DEATH HATH PLAST
WITH IN THIS MONVMENT SHAKSPEARE: WITH WHOME,
QVICK NATVRE DIDE: WHOSE NAME DOTH DECK YS TOMBE,
FAR MORE THEN COST: SIEH ALL, YT HE HATH WRITT,
LEAVES LIVING ART, BVT PAGE, TO SERVE HIS WITT.
OBIIT ANNO DO. 1616
AETATIS 53 DIE 23 APR.


Michael Hancher
Department of English, University of Minnesota
URL: <http://mh.cla.umn.edu/ShakTrin.html>
Comments to: mh@umn.edu
Created 4 September 1999
Revised 5 September 1999
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