At Shakespeare’s Grave

At Shakespeare’s Grave


No eyes can see man’s destiny completed

Save His, who made and knows th’ eternal plan:

As shapes of clouds in mountains are repeated,

So thoughts of God accomplished are in man


Here the divinest [sic] of all thoughts descended;

Here the sweet heavens their sweetest boon let fall;

Upon this hallowed ground begun and ended

The life that knew, and felt, and uttered all.


There is not anything of human trial

That ever love deplored or sorrow knew,

No glad fulfilment [sic] and no sad denial,

Beyond the pictured truth that Shakespeare drew.


All things are said and done, and thought forever

The streams dash onward and the great winds blow,

There comes no new thing in the world, and never

A voice like his that seems to make it so.


Take, then, thy fate, or opulent or sordid,

Take it and bear it and esteem it blest;

For of all crowns that ever were awarded,

The crown of simple patience is the best.

William Winter: “Written, 1889, in the church at Stratford-upon-Avon, in which Shakespeare is buried.  Originally called Ashes, –because significant of all that is left when the fire of life has been extinguished.” – Page 300 – “The Poems of William Winter, NY; Moffat, Yard & Company– 1909”

In the Matter of WILLIAM WINTER and the NEW YORK TRIBUNE as to the facts Truth Versus Falsehod. By his son. Excerpts from Winter’s writings and alleged proof that he was railroaded out of the Tribune due to editorial double standards. He claimed he was not allowed to review things objectively due to the prevalence of theatre advertising in the Tribune and the paper retorted that he was anti-semitic. A tempest in a teapot perhaps in hindsight, but at the time it was big news. Winter was a noted drama critic. Pamphlet. Published in New Brighton Staten Island, NY. Winter Avenue. 1918. SCARCE. Hard to find and collectible.

WW (1836-1917) was an American dramatic critic and author, born in Gloucester, Mass. Harvard Law School class 1857, then moved to New York City (1859), literary critic of Saturday Press, then (1861-65) of the New York Albion, and for more than 40 years (1865-1909) drama critic of the New York Tribune. His writings include:

Henry Irving (1885)

The Stage Life of Mary Anderson (1886)

Shakespeare’s England (1888)

Gray Days and Gold (1889)

Old Shrines and Ivy (1892)

Shadows of the Stage (1892, 1893, and 1894)

The Life and art of Edwin Booth (1893)

The Life and Art of Joseph Jefferson (1894)

Brown Heath and Blue Bells (1896)

Ada Rehan (1898)

Other Days of the Stage (1908)

Old Friends (1909)

Poems (1909), definitive author’s edition

Life and Art of Richard Mansfield (1910)

The Wallet of Time (1913)

a Life of Tyrone Power (1913)

Shakespeare on the Stage (two series, 1911-15)

Vagrant Memories (1915)

and… many, many more…

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