William Shakespeare 1564-1616. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind… - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Where was Shakespeare born?. Stratford upon Avon, England. Was Shakespeare married?.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind…
- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
William and Anne Shakespeare had three children. Their first child was Susanna, born a mere six months after the wedding of her parents. She was christened on May 26, 1583, and twins arrived in January, 1585. They were named Hamnet and Judith, after two very close friends of William. Tragically, Hamnet Shakespeare died of unknown causes in August 1596, at the age of eleven. The events of his short life are unrecorded.
Shakespeare is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in his hometown of Stratford, Warwickshire. His gravestone bears an epitaph which Shakespeare himself supposedly wrote. It warns:
Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones,And cursed be he that moves my bones.The inscription on the church monument to Shakespeare, erected in 1621, reads:Judicio Pylium, genio Socratem, arte MaronemTerra tegit, populus moeret, Olympus habet.Stay, passenger, why goest thou by so fast?Read, if thou canst, whom envious death hath placedWithin this monument: Shakespeare, with whomQuick nature doed; whose name doth deck his tombFar more than cost; sith all that he had writLeaves living art but page to serve his wit.Obiit ano doi [anno domini] 1616. Aetatis 53. Die 23 Ap.
A woman's face with Nature's own hand paintedA woman's face, colored by Nature's own hand
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion;Have you, the master/mistress of my desire;
A woman's gentle heart, but not acquaintedYou have a woman's gentle heart, but you are not prone
With shifting change, as is false women's fashion;To fickle change, as is the way with women;
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,You have eyes brighter than their eyes, and more sincere,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;Lighting up the very object that they look upon;
A man in hue, all 'hues' in his controlling,You are a man in shape and form, and all men are in your control,
Much steals men's eyes and women's souls amazeth.You catch the attention of men and amaze women's souls [hearts].
And for a woman wert thou first created;You were originally intended to be a woman;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,Until Nature, made a mistake in making you,
And by addition me of thee defeated,And by adding one extra thing [Nature] defeated me
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.By adding one thing she has prevented me from fully having you,
But since she prick'd thee out for women's pleasure,But since Nature equipped you for women's pleasure
Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure.Let your body be their treasure, and let me have your love.