William Basse

(c. 1583—1653) poet

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English poet, author of a manuscript sonnet-epitaph on Shakespeare written before 1623, beginning:. Renowned Spenser, lie a thought more nighTo learned Chaucer, and rare Beaumont, lieA little nearer Spenser to make roomFor Shakespeare in your three-fold, four-fold tomb.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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