William Shakespeare!

He was born today, he died today.

I leave you with some of his most famous lines:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men–
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

~ Act III, Scene II (Marcus Antonius)

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4 thoughts on “William Shakespeare!

  1. I didn’t realise he was born AND dies on St George’s day. I suppose it’s because I never did any Shakespeare when I was at school, so didn’t get to know him too well, if you get what I mean

    • I know exactly what you mean! We had to do ‘Julius Caesar’ & ‘The Tempest’ in school and at the time, having to know when and where and why (groan!) he was born seemed SO boring! And obviously, I don’t remember any of it except for the most interesting and quirky trivia 🙂

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