Happy Birthday, Shakespeare

Had I but half the talent of the bard

My days I’d ever pass with pen and page.

To tear my thoughts from writing would be hard

A moment spent elsewise would seem an age.

 

This man had such a gift as seldom seen

In present times or in a bygone day.

Bequeathing joy, where’er his words hath been,

Ensuring that his fame will ever stay.

 

Rememb’ring, then, his day of birth and death,

We raise a glass in honour of his name.

With praise and admiration on each breath,

All those of likemind fondly will proclaim,

‘Hear thou, O bard, who long hath ceased to be,

That on this day, the world shalt honour thee!’

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