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On Mr. Wm. Shakespeare, he died in April 1616

Renowned Spenser, lie a thought more nigh
To learned Chaucer, and rare Beaumont lie
A little nearer Spenser to make room
For Shakespeare in your threefold, fourfold tomb.
To lodge all four in one bed make a shift
Until Doomsday, for hardly will a fifth
Betwixt this day and that by fate be slain
For whom your curtains may be drawn again.
If your precedency in death doth bar
A fourth place in your sacred sepulchre,
Under this carved marble of thine own
Sleep rare tragedian Shakespeare, sleep alone,
Thy unmolested peace, unshared cave,
Possess as lord not tenant of thy grave,
That unto us and others it may be
Honour hereafter to be laid by thee.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.



  1. Centerwall, Brandon, "Who Wrote Basse's Elegy on Shakespeare", Shakespeare Survey, 59, 2006, pp.267-284.