Shakespeare Studies 25 (1997): 141–70. Though I, rewarded with some sadder taste, Of knowing shame, by feeling it have proved, My country's thankless misconstruction cast, By some whose fortunes, sunk into the wane. That Christ was his, and he was friendship's rock: A rock of friendship figured in his name. In knowing, but for that it was the best, For fair conditions, guests that soonest win, If these, or all of these, knit fast in one, As those descended from illustrious blood. (William Shakespeare?) Whereby the grace fore-promised they attained. Pity it was that blood had not been prized. Whence young men sometime grow unfortunate; To purchase from all hearts a steady love; Than that he was so constant to his friends. I am herein but a second to the privilege of truth, who can warrant more in his behalf than I undertook to deliver. And that same hope, so lame, so unprevailing, Which being crossed, gives matter of bewailing. When those weak houses of our brittle flesh. A Funeral Elegy. ORDER PART VERSE … An elegy, written under Shakespeare's byline. Play in the strongest closet of my breast, But whether doth the stream of my mischance. That Christ was his, and he was friendship's rock: Though in the complemental phrase of words, Slacker in love, he had been longer lived, So henceforth all (great glory to his blood), Sincere in singleness of heart, adventers. In nothing surely prosperous, but hope... Who when they die, die all, shall not entomb. For whom and whose For private persons, in their private home, As those descended from illustrious blood. It was, for a short time in the late 1990s, thought to have been written by Shakespeare. Of that same ignorance which makes them blind. A Funeral Elegyliminally within a peculiarly Donnean moment, the creation of a new form of English elegy. Their vain designs, on whom want hath dominion. Since time, and his predestinated end, Abridged the circuit of his hopeful days, Whiles both his youth and virtue did intend The good endeavors of deserving praise, What memorable monument can last Whereon to build his never-blemished … 0.4. As he was both an husband and a father. When sin shall tread on merit in the dust. Thou didst deserve and hast; for though thy soul. . Let then the false suggestions of the froward, By suppositions fond and thoughts untoward, That may disprove their malice, and confound, Their souls into the roll that doth unsound. The chaste embracements of conjugal love, And weep upon those cheeks which nature framed, Of lively sweetness plays, so that ashamed. Hence conster they with corrupt commentaries, The text of malice, which so often varies, Which understands all things amiss, whose light. 19 Ratings The Wonder of Shakespeare One who reads a few of Shakespeare's great plays and then the meager … Can merit praise, then justly may we say. His pleading best perfections as neglected. A FUNERAL ELEGY. A Funeral Elegy. In equal worth--time shall to time renew 't. 0.2. A Funeral Elegy Lyrics To Master JOHN PETER of Bowhay in Devon, Esquire. Professor Stanley Wells of the University of Birmingham began the round by rejecting the identification of W.S. Dedication to the Elegy TO MASTER JOHN PETER OF BOWHAY IN DEVON, ESQUIRE. My truth stole from my tongue into my heart. Others were attributed to him in 17th century manuscripts. To give fit cause, ere love begin to end: His unfeigned friendship where it least was sought. Are, without ornaments to praise them, vile: And such as have that beauty, well deserve. This is Shakespeare for a funeral that reflects on facing death with courage. Where once it was protested, alway sound. . Purchasing credit in the place I lost it. Whence, when he falls, who did erewhile aspire. Adamson, Sylvia. Not hired, as heaven can witness in my soul. Tributes to the great actor poured from the pens of good writers whose words he had made even better. (1613) rages on in the pages of the London Times Literary Supplement.. Of what he was, then shall his virtues grow. $5.99 — Paperback, April 8, 2012: $9.99 . "(Forum: "A Funeral Elegy" by W. S.) By Foster, Donald W. Read preview. ", Gave sweet redemption, offering up his blood, To conquer death by death, and loose the traps. It was, for a short time in the late 1990s, thought to have been written by Shakespeare. In public view of greatness, whence they come. That gave peace to his bread, bread to his health; Which ever he maintained in sweet content, For in the vineyard of heaven-favored learning. Those blessings which their sufferance did urge. Price New from Used from Paperback "Please retry" $5.99 . When the proud height of much affected sin, Shall this man's actions be revealed, to show. Shakespeare's only elegiac poem -- if A Funeral Elegyis indeed Shakespeare's -- is a work probably indebted to Donne's mourning poems, yet, more certainly, it is Did jointly both, in their peculiar graces, With reason's golden mean to make defense. By vain conceit, to please such ones as know it. The pamphlet was registered by a stationer, Thomas Thorp, whose livelihood depended chiefly on the Shakespeare-Jonson theatrical circle and who had published Shakespeare’s Sonnets in 1609. In minds from whence endeavor doth proceed. Drive me beyond myself, fast friend, soon lost. 1775] Salem Printed and sold by E. Russell Created / Published Boston, 1775. One greater than his faith, which did persever. To speak the language of a servile breath. . Normalized text, ed. A FUNERAL ELEGY Since Time, and his predestinated end, Abridg'd the circuit of his hopeful days, Whiles both his Youth and Virtue did intend The good endeavors of deserving praise, 5 What memorable monument can last Whereon to build his never-blemsh'd name But his own worth, wherein his life was grac'd-- . Article excerpt. Comparing by thy death what thou hast been. Donald Foster. Whereto the world and heat of sin entices. Within the snares of making truth a pawn; Whiles it, not doubting whereinto it enters. “I have heard something about it,” Sherlock Holmes replied. Which afterwards his praises will express. Shall speak for him when he shall lie below; Of what he was, then shall his virtues grow. May shorten when it please, and justly take, Whose fame the angels in melodious choirs. For popular applause and power's commission. . Birth, blood, and ancestors, are none of ours, Nor can we make a proper challenge to them, But virtues and perfections in our powers. As, had it chanced, thou mightst have done to me. For even if the massive evidence for Shakespeare's authorship stands up to scrutiny, the Elegy faces emotional resistance because of the kind of poem it is. Which, underneath the roof of safe content, Feeds on the bread of rest, and takes delight. Whereto the world and heat of sin entices. The authorship of some poems published under Shakespeare's name in his lifetime has also been questioned. Of fond conceit, such as this age affords, Seemed rather answers which the wise embrace. Th' unsteady change of his fantastic forms, When the proud height of much affected sin, Shall this man's actions be revealed, to show. And though his qualities might well deserve, Just commendation, yet his furnished mind, Knowing the best, and therefore not presuming. When death you think is least to be respected! Lost in all the document shuffling is what it might mean that a genius like Shakespeare could write a poem as bad as "A Funeral Elegy." The Wonder of Shakespeare One who reads a few of Shakespeare's great plays and then the meager story of his life is generally filled with a vague wonder. In the meantime, I had found new evidence that convinced me the elegy was Shakespeare's. Several poems published anonymously have been attributed by scholars to Shakespeare. “A Funeral Elegy” is no longer considered to be Shakespeare’s work. A Funeral Elegy was written in February 1612 by “W. The following excerpt from a funeral elegy is the most famous because of its reference to Burbage playing Shakespeare's characters, most notably his Hamlet scant of breath: A Funeral Elegy On the Death of the Famous Actor, Richard Burbage, Look hither then, you that enjoy the youth, Of your best days, and see how unexpected. 3 reviews. deliver. A bloody butchery, by the British troops: or, The runaway fight of the regulars … [To which is annexed] A funeral elegy to the imortal memory of those worthies, who were slain in the battle of Concord. In life thou lived'st, in death thou died'st beloved. William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was … Gave death for free good will, and wounds for love. Betraying policies, and show their brains, Unto their shame, ridiculous; whose scope. Exercise in this kind I will little affect, and am less addicted The chaste embracements of conjugal love, For in his life his love was so unfeigned. Whose name is like to live a longer day. A life free from such stains as follies are, Nor can the tongue of him who loved him least, Of thankfulness and kindness: Truth doth leave, The curious eye of a quick-brained survey, Of his too-shortened days, or make a prey, Not that he was above the spleenful sense. A Funeral Elegy , Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Cary A Funeral Elegy , Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Cary 2000-01-01 00:00:00 JAMES HIRSH The Bard's New Clothes A Funerall Elegye in memory of the late vertuous Maister William Peeter, a 578-line poem published in 1612 by someone who used the initials "W. S.," was guardedly attributed to Shakespeare by Donald W. Foster in a 1989 book. NEWS ITEM: With the aid of computers, scholars are attributing a poem titled “A Funeral Elegy,” published in 1612 and signed “W.S.,” to William Shakespeare. TO MASTER JOHN PETER 0.1. of Bowhay in Devon, Esquire. Amongst them all, she who those nine of years, Hath the most share in loss; for I in hers. And not oppressed by wrath's unhappy sin. By shunning all invitements strange, of those, In being rare in shame (which strives to raise. How s'ere enriched by thy plenteous skill. To speak the language of a servile breath. of those that have loved him for himself, and himself for his In 1995 Donald Foster, a professor of English at Vassar College, made a startling case for Shakespeare's being the author of an obscure 578-line poem called ''A Funeral Elegy.'' ‘ “Exercise in this Kind”: Shakespeare and the “Funeral Elegy” for William Peter ’. . The attribution received much attention and was accepted into the canon by several highly respected Shakespeare editors. Have fittest times in reason's rules to thrive, And those are much more noble in the mind. If I must die. Abrams invited me to help him mount a fresh and more assertive case for Shake- Which way to wound with defamation's spirit, (Close-lurking whisper's hidden forgeries). Shall ruined be by death, our grace and strength, Youth, memory and shape that made us fresh. The love I bore to your brother, and will do to his memory, hath craved from me this last duty of a friend; 0.3. The good t' exceed the wicked in their life. Normalized text, ed. Though not in eminent courts or places great, Where he enjoyed his birth, life, death, and seat. What more thou didst deserve than in thy name, And free thee from the scandal of such senses, Measure thy course of life, with false pretenses. Until which end, there is none rightly can. Sith as that ever he maintained the same? In praise of virtue and reproach of folly). Here shall be reckoned up the constant faith. Whence, when he falls, who did erewhile aspire, But virtues and perfections in our powers, Against th' assault of death, who to relieve him. Which paid to heaven the debt that it did owe. to, but there must be miracle in that labor which, to witness my Those noble twins of heaven-infused races. As they will all go weeping to their beds. Foreshowing what he was, and what should be, Most true presage; and he discharged the same, Though in the complemental phrase of words. Here is an unknown country boy, poor and poorly educated according to the standards of his age, who arrives at the great city of London and goes to … Ford has been mentioned, and this article gives some of the evidence for his authorship, in particular many word combinations and single words (sometimes characteristic of Ford) that occur in the elegy and in Ford's prose works, poems, and plays, but never in Shakespeare. Should both be like obscured in their end? This article first appeared in the Spring 1996 Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter. Who sit with crowns of glory on their heads, Washed white in blood, from earth hence have not gone. With joint assistance to grace one another, But since the sum of all that can be said, Can be but said that "He was good" (which wholly. Hence sprung the deadly fuel that revived, The rage which wrought his end, for had he been, Slacker in love, he had been longer lived. Which shall not thence be sundered, but in death. Were even as boundless as their prompt desires; Only like lords, like subjects to their will. On the occasion of his death, only 2 1/2 weeks later a poem -->" A Funerall Elegye (1612) ", with 518 lines was submitted by the author "W.S." . So in his mischiefs is the world accursed: Hence conster they with corrupt commentaries. Are in themselves but heathenish and profaned, And much more peaceful is a mean condition. whatsoever is here done, is done to him and to him only. Which now sits mourning his untimely spoil. (London: G.Eld for T.Thorpe, 1612). As time can boast of, both for love and trust: So henceforth all (great glory to his blood), The wicked end their honor with their sin. Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies "A Funeral Elegy": W(illiam) S(hakespeare)'s "Best-Speaking witnesses. So that he dies but once, but doubly lives. (Fair lovely branch too soon cut off) to thee. The attribution to Shakespeare of A Funeral Elegy (1612), by W.S., is often found unconvincing. In death, which only then the good begin. Yet time, the father of unblushing truth, Whereof as many as shall hear that sadness. For could my worthless brain find out but how. Remembrance of their worth we may preserve. . Even in which place the subject of the verse, Which now that subject's merits doth rehearse). Abridged the circuit of his hopeful days, Whiles both his youth and virtue did intend, Whereon to build his never-blemished name. W[illiam] S[hakespeare], "A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter," privilege of truth, who can warrant more in his behalf than I undertook to Endeavors, modest speech, beseeming mirth. And limn thee to the world but as thou wert. How to augment their portion and ambition, Do toil their giddy brains, and ever sweat. . The poem was included in the Shakespeare 2020 Project because the Project took its reading list from the Riverside Shakespeare (Second Edition), which was published in 1997 and includes the poem. Will blame the one's hard fate, the other's madness; Whiles such as do recount that tale of woe. Above fate's reach, his singleness was such. In 1989, Donald Foster attributed A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter to William Shakespeare based on a stylometric computer analysis of its grammatical patterns and idiosyncratic word usage. Of hell, even in the triumph that it stood: May shorten when it please, and justly take. $9.99 — Paperback So that he dies but once, but doubly lives. So in his mischiefs is the world accursed: The willful blindness that hoodwinks the eyes, Presuming still it sees, even in the night. Which, by a life well led, may honor have? Shakespearean moment, it may be more illuminating to locate W.S.' All to their joys in quiet on their beds, Of torture and affliction ere they gained. Feel what distemperature this chance hath bred. by Stephanie Caruana. . That lives encompassed in a mortal frame. But his own worth, wherein his life was graced. Read "Funeral Elegy" by William Shakespeare available from Rakuten Kobo. So that their glory die not with their breath. By vain conceit, to please such ones as know it. Falls deeper down, for that he climbed higher. In accents brief to thee, O thou deceased! Against the assault of youth's encouragement; (When now his father's death had freed his will), Could make him subject to the drunken rage, And shuns the glad sleights of ensnaring vice. Of hell, even in the triumph that it stood: He thus, for that his guiltless life was spilt. Which wise posterity shall give him then; T' ennoble that best part, although his state. But death to such gives unremembered graves. S.,” a poet of “name and credit” closely familiar with Shakespearean texts. His flourishing and fair long-lived deserts. The poem was included in the Shakespeare 2020 Project because the Project took its reading list from the Riverside Shakespeare (Second Edition), which was published in 1997 and includes the poem. Which their fond dotage ever more admires. Will not consume his life and hapless end. Nor could disgest, as some loose mimics can. In nothing surely prosperous, but hope. sake I will not forget to remember any friendly respects to you, or to any T' enlarge my thoughts was hindered at first. To raise thee from the sepulcher of dust, Undoubtedly thou shouldst have partage now, Of life with me, and heaven be counted just, Where life is missed; whereby discomfort should, Right his old griefs, and former joys retain, Which now with thee are leaped into thy tomb. Do feel the greatest loss they could have had. Had all that youth and happy days could give him, Against th' assault of death, who to relieve him, Strook home but to the frail and mortal parts. (Well-worthy to be termed a rudeness rather), For in his life his love was so unfeigned. Proceed most truly from us, if we do them. As they will all go weeping to their beds. The attribution to Shakespeare of A Funeral Elegy (1612), by W.S., is often found unconvincing. Than busy questions such as talkers make. Which, pain to many men, I do not owe it. Were even as boundless as their prompt desires; Whence now retired home, to a home indeed, Than that he was so constant to his friends. Who can make friendship, in those times of change. Had been best-speaking witnesses with me; Respect most in itself, as who would scan, His honesty and worth, by them might prove, Cared he to be heard talk, nor in the float. In knowing, but for that it was the best, The one to lodge the other, both like framed, For fair conditions, guests that soonest win, If trim behavior, gestures mild, discreet. Do feel the greatest loss they could have had. Shall ruined be by death, our grace and strength. For should he lie obscured without a tomb. He well provided 'gainst the hand of need. Had yielded store to thy well-abled quill. William Peter was born in Devonshire on or about Christmas Day of 1582, the younger son of an Exeter merchant. But whiles the minds of men can judge sincerely. By death, which was made subject to the curse, Might in like manner be reproved of guilt. The love I bore to your brother, and will do to his memory, hath craved To progress out his life, I could display, That full of days he might have lived to see, The grave in peace, the times that should succeed. deserts. from me this last duty of a friend; I am herein but a second to the How s'ere enriched by thy plenteous skill. A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter. Does think most safety doth remain above. Their trust to be betrayed by being caught. Who when they die, die all, shall not entomb. True 'tis, this man, whiles yet he was a man. Yet here on earth thy fame lives ever whole. His taintless goodness, his desertful merit. “Well, Holmes,” I said, laying down the morning paper, “have you seen the report of the newly discovered ‘Funeral Elegy’ by Shakespeare?”. Those noble twins of heaven-infused races, With reason's golden mean to make defense, To progress out his life, I could display, The grave in peace, the times that should succeed, And though his qualities might well deserve. A Funeral Elegy A Poem written in 1612 by William Shakespeare. Which, harvest-like, did yield again the crop. Though 't be not as I would, 'tis as I can: In minds from whence endeavor doth proceed, From thee, fair mark of sorrow, let me frame, Some ampler work of thank, wherein to tell. Play in the strongest closet of my breast. True friendship, active grace, persuasion sweet, If these, or all of these, knit fast in one. Donald Foster. May one day lay ope malice which hath crossed it. Admired more for being firm than strange. For its own sustenance, both day and night; Whiles others, plotting which way to be great. W[illiam] S[hakespeare], "A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter,"(London: G.Eld for T.Thorpe, 1612). (A Funeral Elegy) It is natural to wonder why the death of Burbage was a national tragedy, while the passing of Shakespeare himself just three years earlier received such little attention. Without true proof and knowledge of a friend, Sincere in singleness of heart, adventers. From what doth batter virtue now and then. included in three 'complete' editions of Shakespeare published in America: Bevington (updated fourth edition), Riverside (second edition), and Norton. Of boast, such as the common breath affords; He was in use most fast, in tongue most plain, Nor amongst all those virtues that forever. For popular applause and power's commission. Our virtual staged reading of "A Funeral Elegy" and "The Phoenix And Turtle" from 12/30/20Intro 0:00Elegy 2:09Phoenix 37:33Outro 41:30 Excerpt from "A Funeral Elegy", lines 492-50 On January 25th, 1612 a certain William Peter is said to have been murdered by a stab in the (rear)head. Shines not amidst the dark of their dissension? Is in the mouth of some in manner scorned, That "Such as is the end, the life proves so. However, according to David Bevington, 'the attribution remains uncertain'. Short exposé of W.S., the true Shakespeare, author of "A Funeral Elegy" ,1612 In his pure life, for that his end was worse. Whiles parents to their children will make known, Whereof as many as shall hear that sadness. There seems, however, to be a simple answer. . Yet here on earth thy fame lives ever whole, In every heart sealed up, in every tongue, Fit matter to discourse, no day prevented. 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