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stung the man so severely, that he never forgave it.
66 Ten in the hundred must lie in his grave,
"Oh (quoth the divell) my John a Combe." Here it may be observed that, stri@ly speaking, this is no jocular epitaph, but a malevolent predi&tion ; and Braithwaite's copy is surely more to be depended on (being procured in or before the year 1618) than that delivered to Betterton or Rowe, almost a century afterwards. It has been already remarked, that two of the lines, said to have been produced on this occasion, were printed as an epigram in 1608, by H. P. Gent, and are likewise found in Cambden's Remains, 1614. I may add, that a usurer's solicitude to know what would be reported of him, when he was dead, is not a very probable circumstance; neither was Shakspere of a disposition to compose an invective, at once so bitter and uncharitable, during a pleasant convera sation among the common friends of himself and a gentleman with whose family he lived in such friendship, that at his death he bequeathed his sword to Mr. Thomas Combe as a legacy. A miser's monument indeed, constructed during his lifetime, might be regarded as a challenge to satire ; and we cannot wonder that anonymous lampoons should have been affixed to the marble designed to convey the character of such a being to posterity.--I hope I may be excused for this attempt to vindicate Shakspere from the imputation of having poisoned the hour of confidence and festivity, by producing the severest of all censures on one He died in the 53d year of his age, and was buried on the north-side of the chancel, in the great church
of his company. I am unwilling, in short, to think he could so wantonly and so publickly have expressed his doubts concerning the salvation of one of his fellowcreatures. STEEVENS.
So in Camden's Remains, 1614.
*+ Here lies ten in the hundred
“ In the ground fast ramm'd, Čr 'Tis a hundred to ten
" But his soul is damn'd.” MALONE,
Whether the epitaph on Combe was Shakspere's or not, it is not at present possible to determine; this however, which follows, is inserted, both because it hath been ato tributed to him, and also because Milton appears, from his epitaph on Shakspere, to have been no stranger to it.
Epitaph on the tomb of Sir Thomas Stanley, knt. second
son of Edward Earl of Derby; which was remaining on the north-side of the chancel of the church of Tong, in the county of Salop, in 1663, when Sir William Dugdale made the last visitation of that county; and which Sir William, in a marginal note, says, was written by William Shakspere the late famous tragedian :
" Aske who lies here, but do not weepe ;