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ON THE SITE OF A MULBERRY-TREE PLANTED BY SHAKESPEARE ..., by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This tree, here fall'n, no common birth or death
Last Line: Some tailor's ninth allotment of a ghost.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Dramatists; Hate; Mulberry Trees; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


(felled by the Rev. F. Gastrell)

THIS tree, here fall'n, no common birth or death
Shared with its kind. The world's enfranchised son,
Who found the trees of Life and Knowledge one,
Here set it, frailer than his laurel-wreath.

Shall not the wretch whose hand it fell beneath
Rank also singly--the supreme unhung?
Lo! Sheppard, Turpin, pleading with black tongue
This viler thief's unsuffocated breath!

We'll search thy glossary, Shakspeare! where almost,
And whence alone, some name shall be reveal'd
For this deaf drudge, to whom no length of ears
Sufficed to catch the music of the spheres;
Whose soul is carrion now,--too mean to yield
Some tailor's ninth allotment of a ghost.





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