The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1905 Monday, 9 October 2000.
Date: Monday, 09 Oct 2000 14:35:48 +1000
Subject: Henry VIII Query
In an 1850 Notes and Queries article on the authorship of Henry VIII,
Samuel Hickson quotes four lines which he claims are by Shakespeare
though he does qualify the matter by adding that he had met with these
lines "in no other edition than Mr. Collier's." The lines are:
Crowns have their compass; length of day their date;
Triumphs, their tomb; felicity her fate;
Of nought but earth can earth make us partaker,
But knowledge makes a king most like his maker.
A thorough search of several versions of Henry VIII has failed to turn
up these lines. Does anyone know where they come from? Was Collier in
the habit if inserting extra poetry into his editions?