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Here England's pursy knight shall wince
Before the Windsor fays, And Denmark's melancholy prince
Shall call his mimic plays, And handle Yorick's fleshless pate,
And break Ophelia's heart, And taming handsome, shrewish Kate,
Petruchio '11 play his part.
Here Lear, " every inch a king,"
Shall wear his monstrous woes, And Juliet to her lover cling
Till death's releasing throes; Macbeth shall rue his murd'rous deeds
In crime's entangling mesh, And Shylock, with revengeful greed,
Demand his pound of flesh.
And hunchback Richard, cruel, vile
Shall meet his Richmond here, And on great Caesar's fun'ral pile
Shall fall the Roman tear. The jealous Moor shall send above
Sweet Desdemona's soul, And Pauline prove that woman's love
Outweighs the power of gold.

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