By John Milton
What needs my Shakespear for his honour’d Bones,
The labour of an age in piled Stones,
Or that his hallow’d reliques should be hid
Under a star-ypointing Pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of Fame,
What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?
Thou in our wonder and astonishment
Hast built thy self a live-long Monument.
For whilst to th’ shame of slow endeavouring art,
Thy easie numbers flow, and that each heart
Hath from the leaves of thy unvalu’d Book
Those Delphic lines with deep impression took,
Then thou, our fancy of it self bereaving,
Dost make us Marble with too much conceaving;
And so sepulchr’d in such pomp dost lie,
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
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