Who was Shakespeare that he knew
The ingredients of a brew
Witches use to cast a spell
Sending enemies to hell?
How would any noble man
Know such lore as someone can
Country born and village bred,
Gossips’ doctrines in his head?
What Will knew of noble things
Stuff of history easily brings;
Loitering in Liza’s court
Proved the poet’s chief resort.
Then, his schooling was first rate
For a mind insatiate:
Rhetoric and Greek he conned,
Read the classics and beyond
Into quaint and curious things:
Witches’ brews and fairy rings,
Ancient wars and heroes bold,
Princes young and monarchs old.
Thus did such a genius rise,
Low by birth, to spacious skies,
To the pinnacle of fame—
William Shakespeare was his name.