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William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)


  • ''There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.''
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fluellen, in Henry V, act 5, sc. 1, l. 3-4. The odd grammar hints at Fluellen's Welsh accent.
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Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory can not contain

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