The secret of your own heart you can never know;
but you can know Him who knows its secret.
-George MacDonald

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Was William Shakespeare born on this day?

"My heart unto yours is knit so that but one heart we can make of it..."
-A Midsummer Night's Dream".
This lovely quote was written by William Shakespeare.

Today is the day that it is said William Shakespeare was born. No one really knows for sure. Historians do know he was christened on April 26, 1564. At that time babies were usually christened one or two days after being born therefore April 23 has been chosen as the day of his birth. So much of our everyday English language has been influenced by him and many of us are not even aware of it. How many of us have heard or said, "love is blind", "what's mine is yours","forgive and forget","Friends, Romans, countrymen", "It was Greek to me", "neither a borrower nor lender be" (ha -everyone would do well to remember that at this time), "parting is such sweet sorrow". Those are just a few examples. There are many quotes we say, as well as beautiful descriptive language that Shakespeare penned. Google "William Shakespeare's quotes" if you'd like to see more.


Anna said...

Good work inserting your political opinions in your tribute to Shakespeare. I would expect nothing less.

That is a beautiful card, by the way.

dani said...

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them by the Democratic National Convention, eh?