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Page 8 - HABET. STAY PASSENGER, WHY GOEST THOV BY so FAST, READ, IF THOV CANST, WHOM ENVIOVS DEATH HATH PLAST WITHIN THIS MONVMENT, SHAKSPEARE, WITH WHOME QVICK NATVRE DIDE ; WHOSE NAME DOTH DECK YS. TOMBE FAR MORE THEN COST ; SITH ALL YT. HE HATH WRITT LEAVES LIVING ART BVT PAGE TO SERVE HIS WITT. OBIIT ANO. DOI. 1616. ^ETATIS 53. DIE 23 AP.
Page 9 - The first remark that occurs on viewing this bust is, that it presents our bard in the act of composition, and in his gayest mood. The vis comica so brightens his countenance, that it is hardly a stretch of fancy, to suppose him in the actual creation of Falstaff himself. Very sure I am, that the figure must long have continued a source of infinite delight to those, who had enjoyed his convivial qualities. Among this circle, it is nearly...
Page 7 - The eyes were of a light hazel, and the hair and beard auburn. The dress consisted of a scarlet doublet, over which was a loose black gown without sleeves. The lower part of the cushion before him was of a crimson colour, and the upper part green, with gilt tassels.
Page 6 - In the south wall, near the altar, are three simular niches, conjoined, in which are placed the concessus, or seats, for the priests officiating at mass; and immediately adjoining them is the piscina. These objects are all shewn in the Plate. On each side of the chancel is a range of stalls belonging to the ancient choir, remarkable for the grotesque carvings which ornament the lower part of each seat. " Erected against the north wall, within the communion rail, is a curious altar-tomb of alabaster,...
Page 10 - HEERE LYETH INTERRED THE BODY OF ANNE, WIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, WHO DEPTED. THIS LIFE THE 6TH DAY OF AVGV. 1623, BEING OF THE AGE OF 67 YEARES.
Page 9 - The contour of the head is well given. The lips are very carefully carved ; but the eyes appear to me to be of a very poor character : the curves of the lids have no grace — the eyes themselves have no protecting prominences of bone, and the whole of this important feature is 31 tame and superficial.
Page 7 - We may then, without any further impediment, proceed to the more agreeable portion of our labors, — the notice of our Author's works. The armorial bearings of the Shakspeare family are, or rather were, — Or, on a bend sable, a tilting spear of the first, point upwards, headed argent. Crest, A falcon displayed, argent, supporting a spear in pale, or.