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TO SHAKESPEARE, by            
First Line: We know you knew, but know not how you knew
Last Line: Transmigrant over all the lands and seas.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Genius; Life; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


We know you knew, but know not how you knew,
No more than you, whose mind was wax to receive
The impress of Life's seals, (in time to achieve
A patina more beautiful, more true
Than gold new-minted), which your genius drew
Into rich patterns of such perfect weave
As none but you could possibly conceive,
Or paint in tones of such superlative hue.
Impressions you obtained from every source
And clothed them in a glory all your own,
Spun from your inner consciousness to ease
The welling urge creative, and, perforce,
The "Crow" transformed became the Falcon flown,
Transmigrant over all the lands and seas.





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