Shakespeare Quotes at Mount Auburn

April 18, 2018

A number of individuals chose quotes from Shakespeare’s works for their own or a loved one’s monument.  Some of these notables were Shakespearean actors others just theater lovers.  Here are some of the quotes that can be found on stones in Mount Auburn.


Edwin Booth (1833-1893)
Lot 3281, Anemone Path
Shakespearean Actor

THE IDEA OF THY LIFE SHALL
SWEETLY CREEP
INTO MY STUDY OF IMAGINATION
AND EVERY LOVELY ORGAN OF
THY LIFE
SHALL COME APPARELLED IN
MORE PRECIOUS HABIT
MORE MOVING-DELICATE AND
FULL OF LIFE
INTO THE EYE AND PROSPECT
OF MY SOUL
THAN WHEN THOU LIV’ST INDEED

Much Ado about Nothing, Act 4, Scene 1


Kate Field (1838 – 1896)
Lot 2621, Acorn Path
author, lecturer and actress

SPIRITS ARE NOT FINELY TOUCHED BUT TO FINE ISSUES

Measure for Measure, Act 1, Scene 1


Fox Family
Lot 1358, Ailanthus Path

Charles Kemble Fox (1833-1875)
Actor

A WALKING SHADOW
A POOR PLAYER
THAT STRUTS AND FRETS
HIS HOUR UPON THE STAGE

Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

Emily Caroline Fox (1848-1861)

“OUT! OUT! BRIEF CANDLE!”

Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

“Fear no more the heat of the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done;
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”

“Fear no more the lightning flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finish’d joy and moan:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.”

Cymbeline, Act 4, Scene 2

George Washington Lafayette Fox (1825-1877)
Actor

ALAS POOR YORICK
I KNEW HIM, HORATIO,
A FELLOW OF INFINITE JEST
OF MOST EXCELLENT FANCY

Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1


Francis J. Humphrey (1812-1883)
Lot 918, Cedar Avenue

IF IT BE NOW
TIS NOT TO COME
IF IT NOT TO COME
IT WILL BE NOW
IF IT BE NOT NOW
YET IT WILL COME
THE READINESS
IS ALL

Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2


Pelby Family Tomb
Lot 65, Corner of Central and Walnut Avenues

—– “All that live must die.
Passing thro’ nature to eternity.”

Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2


Shaw Family Central Marker
Lot 2053, Fir Avenue

THIS IS THE STATE OF MAN; TO-DAY HE PUTS FORTH
THE TENDER LEAVES OF HOPE, TO-MORROW BLOSSOMS,
THE THIRD DAY COMES A FROST, A KILLING FROST;
…NIPS HIS ROOT.

King Henry, Act 8, Scene 3

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