Shakespeare included angels in many of his plays and verses.
Some are presented here.
"Two loves I have, of comfort and despair,
That like two spirits do suggest me still;
My better angel is a man right fair,
My worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her fair pride.
And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend.
Suspect I may, yet not directly tell:
For being both to me, both to each friend.
I guess one angel in another's hell:
The truth I shall not know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out."
- - The Passionate Pilgrim II
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
William Shakespeare is universally regarded as the greatest dramatist
and the finest poet of the English language. He lived in England during
the era of Queen Elizabeth I of which historian consider the Elizabethan
Age as a peak of English culture.
Shakespeare's Birthplace (Rear)
The exact birth date of William Shakespeare is unknown, however, based
on the record of the parish register, he was baptized on April 26, 1564
in the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon and buried there on April 25, 1616. According to the custom at that time, infants were usually baptized three days after their birth. And Shakespeare's birthday is usually celebrated on April 23, also the date of his death, he died at the age of 52.
Holy Trinity Church
Bridge Over The River Avon
The Road to London
William Shakespeare was the eldest son and the third of eight children,
his father, John Shakespeare, was a glover, a tanner and a local prominent
merchant who was later granted arms, acknowledged as a gentleman. Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, was left with money and some properties that her father gave her before his death. Therefore, Shakespeare grew up in a fairly well off family. He was probably educated at the local grammar school in Stratford,he might have also learned Latin, Greek and the language of ancient Rome there.
Birthplace Of Anne Hathaway
William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582, when she was 26
years old and pregnant, he was only 18. They had three children, Susanna,
born in 1583, and twins - a boy and a girl, Judith and Hamnet, born in
1585. Sadly, Hamnet did not survive, he died at the young age of eleven.
Shakespeare is not only the greatest but also the most
powerful and influential of the English writers and poets. His profound
understanding of human nature, his ability to create such vivid and interesting
characters, and the using of his own special vocabulary and grammar
in his works, Shakespeare definitely has had a direct significant influence
in the shaping of English literature and the development of the English
"That angel of the world -- doth make distinction
Of place 'tween high and low."
- - Cymbeline
"Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell."
- - Macbeth
"Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
- - Hamlet
"O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art
As glorious to this night, beign o'er my head,
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wond'ring eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him,
When he bestrides the lazy puffing clouds,
And sails upon the bosom of the air."
- - Romeo and Juliet"
"An angel; or, if not,
An earthly paragon."
- - Cymbeline
"O, what man may within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!"
- - Measure for Measure
"Consideration, like an angel, came
And whipped the offending Adam out of him."
- - King Henry V
"I have mark'ed
A thousand blushing apparitions start
Into her face; a thousand innocent shames
An angel whiteness beat away those blushes;
And in her eye there hath appear'd a fire,
To burn the errors that these pronces held
Against her maiden truth."
- - Much Ado about Nothing
"Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damn'd,
Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,
Be thy interests wicked or charitable,
Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,
That I will speak to thee."
- - Hamlet
Midi - "Bard Spirit"
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