Today’s show, two days after Shakespeare’s birthday, continues The History of English Poetry, a Naxos AudioBook written by Peter Whitfield and read by Derek Jacobi with supporting cast. Part Two focuses on Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593); Sir Thomas Sackville andA Mirror for Magistrates (1559); Tottel’s Miscellany (1557); Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542); Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1516/1517-1547); Sir Walter Raleigh (ca. 1554-1618); Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586); and Edmund Spenser (1552/1553-1599). Hosted by Jack Foley.
What is our life? A play of passion,
Our mirth the music of division,
Our mother’s wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.
Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,
That sits and marks still who doth act amiss.
Our graves that hide us from the setting sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,
Only we die in earnest, that’s no jest.