Of writers worth our study, first the Bard
Deserves our reverent analysis,
But not because his verse and plays are hard,
Yet rather that they generate such bliss
When deeply understood, and that takes time
To probe and then unfold his subtleties
Then tune in to his meter and his rhyme
Which better understood, the better please.
Four centuries by now have certified
The wonder of his artful legacy;
The negligence of time he had defied
And earned the right to immortality.
If ever this grand legacy be lost,
We’ll know our woeful world’s been tempest-tossed.