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Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Fall of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard ;
In fair round belly, with good capon lined,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side;
Last scene of all,
and mere oblivion ; Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.
FROM THE ORIGINAL IN THE OFFICE OF THE PREROGATIVE
COURT OF CANTERBURY.
Vicesimo quinto die Martii, Anno Regni Domini nostri
Jacobi nunc Regis Angliæ, fc. decimo quarto, et Scotia quadragesimo nono. Anno Domini 1616.
In the name of God, Amen. I William Shakspeare of Stratford upon Avon, in the county of Warwick, gent. in perfect health and memory (God be praised !) do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following; that is to say:
First, I commend my soul into the hands of God my creator, hoping, and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour, to be made partaker of life everlasting; and my body to the earth whereof it is made.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Judith, one hundred and fifty pounds of lawful English money, to be paid unto her in manner and form following; that is to say, one hundred pounds in discharge of her marriage portion within one year after my decease, with consideration after the rate of two shillings in the pound for so long time as the same shall be unpaid unto her after my decease; and the fifty pounds residue thereof, upon her surrendering of, or giving of such sufficient security as the overseers of this my will shall like of, to surrender or grant, all her estate and right that shall descend or come unto her after my decease, or that she now hath, of, in, or to, one copyhold tenement, with the