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Re: Henry VIII Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1913  Tuesday, 10 October 2000.

[1]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Monday, 09 Oct 2000 18:39:11 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1905 Henry VIII Query

[2]     From:   Brian Vickers <
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        Date:   Tue, 10 Oct 2000 14:35:21 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1905 Henry VIII Query


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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Monday, 09 Oct 2000 18:39:11 +0100
Subject: 11.1905 Henry VIII Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1905 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?

I would bet my last shirt that Shakespeare didn't write those lines.

SAM SMALL

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From:           Brian Vickers <
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Date:           Tue, 10 Oct 2000 14:35:21 +0200
Subject: 11.1905 Henry VIII Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1905 Henry VIII Query

Hickson's 1850 essay on Henry VIII was posthumously reprinted in the
Transactions of the New Shakspere Society in 1874, together with
Spedding's essay of 1850. To it Spedding added a note:" These
lines...are engraved under Simon Passe's print of James sitting on his
throne; which formed the frontispiece to the collection of his works,
printed in 1616. Whoever wrote them ought to have the credit of the true
reading of the third line:

   Crounes haue their compass ; length of days their date ;
   Triumphs, their tomb ; felicity her fate ;
   Of more then earth, can earth make none partaker,
   But knowledge makes the KING most like his maker. " (20*)

Greetings!

Brian Vickers.
 

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