1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

Charles Lamb in "Detached Thoughts on Books" Last Essays (1833); Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 2:174.



The wretched Malone ... bribed the sexton of Stratford church to let him white-wash the painted effigy of old Shakspeare, which stood there, in rude but lively fashion depicted, to the very colour of the cheek, the eye, the eye-brow, hair, the very dress he used to wear — the only authentic testimony we had, however imperfect, of these curious parts and parcels of him. They covered him over with a coat of white paint. By —, if I had been a justice of peace for Warwickshire, I would have clapt both commentator and sexton fast in the stocks, for a pair of meddling sacrilegious varlets.