Thought to be a prologue spoken at a court performance of As You Like It, Jonathan Bate has included it in the new RSC Complete Works.
As the dial hand tells o er
The same hours it had before,
Still beginning in the ending,
Circular account atill lending.
So, most mighty Queen we pray,
Like the dial day by day
You may lead the seasons on,
Making new when old are gone,
That the babe which now is young
And hath yet no use of tongue
Many a Shrovetide here may bow
To that empress I do now,
That children of these lords
Sitting at your council boards,
May be grave and aged seen
Of her that was their fathers queen,
Once I wish this wish again,
Heaven subscribe it with Amen
Listen to the debate and RSC actor Geoffrey Streatfeild's reading of the 18-line poem titled "To the Queen" here on BBC 4:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/liste ... 070421.ram
Or download the MP3 for your iPod here:
http://www.playshakespeare.com/forum/fi ... e_Poem.mp3
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