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ON THE PORTRAIT OF SHAKESPEARE

TO THE READER.
This figure that thou here seest put,
It was for gentle Shakspeare cut,
Wherein the graver had a strife
With nature, to out-do the life :
O could he but have drawn his wit
As well in brass, as he has hit
His face ; the print would then surpass
All that was ever writ in brass :
But since he cannot, reader, look
Not on his picture, but his book.


ON THE PORTRAIT OF SHAKESPEARE - BEN JONSON