of Southampton, then a lad of twenty, fond of[Pg 220] pleasure, art, and letters. The dedications are not fulsome, when we consider the manner of addressing patrons in that age. The second 杭州丝袜按摩的吗 address, of some ten lines, says “the love I dedicate to your lordship is without end…. What I have done is yours; what I have to do is yours; being part in all I have, devoted yours.” It seems that Southampton had behaved with


generosity to the poet, and it looks as if the poet’s “love” were more than the trick-phrase of a person obliged.

The poems themselves, “Venus and Adonis” in a six line stanza, “Lucrece” in a seven line stanza, are remarkable for fluent mastery of verse and rhyme, for lusciousness of description of physical beauties, and for the compassionate passage on 杭州洗浴桑拿全套 the poor hunted hare, and the vigorous description of a horse. Shakespeare manifestly loved a good horse, and probably felt compunctions about riding to harriers. But as to the poetry; it certainly is not superior to the luscious descriptions in Spenser; the verse is by no means superior to, nor, to some tastes, equal to Spenser’s; and, if we lost Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander,” the misfortune would be as great as if we lost “Venus” and “Lucrece”. The two compositions show


us Shakespeare exercising himself on a fashionable class of themes, and with an overflow of fashionable conceits; 杭州龙凤信息论坛 sufflaminandus erat, says Ben Jonson; “the drag needed to be put on”. Had we nothing else of Shakespeare’s, we could make no guess at his greatness.

Indeed his contemporaries could hardly do so, till his plays were pirated and printed, because all their 杭州水磨地面 innumerable merits could not be fully appreciated till the plays were meditatively and frequently perused. By 1598, Francis Meres, comparing English with ancient poets, names Shakespeare and others with Homer, ?schylus, Sophocles and Aristophanes, also Ausonius and Claudian. But he places Warner in the same good company (in “Palladis Tamia,” or “Wit’s Treasury,” 1598).

The plays named by Meres are “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Comedy of Errors,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” “Love’s Labour’s Won” (?), “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Merchant of Venice,” both “Richards,” “Henry IV,” “King 杭州按摩好的地方 John,” “Titus Andronicus,” and “Romeo and Juliet”. “The soul of Ovid lives in mellifluous[Pg 221] and honey-tongued Shakespeare, witness his ‘Venus and Adonis,’ his ‘Lucrece,’ his sugared sonnets, among his private friends.” (Not published till 1609.)

Gullio, 杭州按摩服务 in the Cambridge comedy, “The Return from Parnassus” (about 1599-1602) is a farcical ignorant braggart who says “let this duncified world esteem of Spenser and Chaucer, I’ll worship sweet Mr. Shakespeare,” for his “Venus and Adonis”. He also quotes “Romeo and Juliet,” and the University wits manifestly despised Shakespeare, as no scholar and not a University man. They bade Ben Jonson go back to his brick-making; he was not a University man!

Meanwhile Shakespeare, with his share in the company and what he received for his written plays, and from patrons, was thriving, while 杭州桑拿会所美女服务 his father struggled with debt and difficulties. None the less