Bright baffling Soul, least capturable of themes,
Thou, who display’dst a life of common-place,
Leaving no intimate word or personal trace
Of high design outside the artistry
Of thy penned dreams,
Still shalt remain at heart unread eternally.
Thomas Hardy, ‘To Shakespeare After 300 Years’
What a wide, free, careless spirit was this man Shakespeare’s — incarnate lesson to narrow-headed mortals, their strait moralities, and pedantic hearts! And what a Song he sang; clothing beauty for all time in actuality, in strangeness, and variety!
John Galsworthy, ‘The Great Tree’
|Holy Trinity by William Wells Quatremain|
This Sunday in Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of the weekend celebrations for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, a special service will be held in Holy Trinity, the church in which William was christened and buried. The parish register will be on display, showing the record of his baptism on 26 April 1564.