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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0035.  Friday, 12 January 1996.

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Date:           Friday, January 12, 1996
Subject:        New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver: FUNERAL ELEGY

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W[illiam] S[hakespeare], "A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter,"
(London: G.Eld for T.Thorpe, 1612).  Normalized text, ed. Donald Foster.


                      TO MASTER JOHN PETER
                  of Bowhay in Devon, Esquire.

The love I bore to your brother, and will do to his memory, hath craved
from me this last duty of a friend; I am herein but a second to the
privilege of truth, who can warrant more in his behalf than I undertook to
deliver.  Exercise in this kind I will little affect, and am less addicted
to, but there must be miracle in that labor which, to witness my
remembrance to this departed gentleman, I would not willingly undergo.  Yet
whatsoever is here done, is done to him and to him only. For whom and whose
sake I will not forget to remember any friendly respects to you, or to any
of those that have loved him for himself, and himself for his deserts.
                                           W. S.

                        A FUNERAL ELEGY.

        Since time, and his predestinated end,
        Abridged the circuit of his hopeful days,
        Whiles both his youth and virtue did intend
        The good endeavors of deserving praise,
5       What memorable monument can last
        Whereon to build his never-blemished name
        But his own worth, wherein his life was graced. . .
        Sith as that ever he maintained the same?
        Oblivion in the darkest day to come,
10      When sin shall tread on merit in the dust,
        Cannot rase out the lamentable tomb
        Of his short-lived deserts; but still they must,
        Even in the hearts and memories of men,
        Claim fit respect, that they, in every limb
15      Remembering what he was, with comfort then
        May pattern out one truly good, by him.
 

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