Monday, April 25, 2005

Cursed Be He Yt Moves My Bones

The Clog Almanac herewith marks and celebrates the birth and death of Stratford-on-Avon's most illustrious son. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564, and died April 23, 1616.

Shakespeare is buried in the Holy Trinity church in Stratford, the church of his baptism. His gravestone bears this inscription:

"Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare, to digg the dust encloased heare, Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones, And curst be he yt moves my bones."

The Clog-wife and I have each read many of the plays and sonnets. It is remarkable that many phrases that reside in our collective consciousness were coined by Shakespeare. Phrases such as "the dogs of war", "What's in a name?", "To be or not to be", and so many others.

Here and here are listings of other phrases and sparkling quotes by Shakespeare, the latter list arranged by topic or subject matter.

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