Sunday, April 8, 2012

Shakespeare's Tomb



April 8.--We visited the tomb of the mighty wizard. It is in the bad taste of James the First's reign; but what a magic does the locality possess! There are stately monuments of forgotten families; but when you have seen Shakspeare's what care we for the rest. All around is
Shakspeare's exclusive property. I noticed the monument of his friend John a Combe immortalised as drawing forth a brief satirical notice of four lines.

Sir Walter Scott is in Stratford-upon-Avon, on April 8th, 1828, paying homage to William Shakespeare.  Like many of us visiting Abbotsford, Scott appreciated being physically present at a site connected with a person or event of interest.  Shakespeare died around the time of year that Scott visited (April).

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