When Burbage Played

by Austin Dobson

When Burbage PlayedWhen Burbage played, the stage was bare
Of fount and temple, tower and stair,
Two broadswords eked a battle out;
Two supers made a rabble rout;
The throne of Denmark was a chair!
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And yet, no less the audience there
Thrilled through all changes of Despair,
Hope, Anger, Fear, Delight and Doubt,
When Burbage played.
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This is the Actor’s gift; to share
All moods, all passions, nor to care
One whit for scene, so he without
Can lead men’s minds the roundabout.
Stirred as of old these hearers were
When Burbage played.
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A reminder that on April 27 we will be reading and discussing poetry and other literature about, or inspired by, Shakespeare, his works and characters. Please bring your own selection of this genre for discussion and, if you wish, post it first on the blog via the CONTACT US page, or email it to me directly. See the SCHEDULE PAGE for selections posted to-date.

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