It seems quite likely Shakespeare knew de Vere,
Through marriage of true minds or mutual friends;
That this enlightened Hamlet and powerful peer
Ensured the playwright met his noble ends.
If so, like snobbish churl and scholar Greene
Whose nose by Time was beaten out of joint,
In thinking Earl was Bard behind the scene
Your Looney missed the quintessential point:
That, as Jonson stressed in the illustrious rime
Whose lines his friend’s supremacy extol,
Will’s gift transcended station, place and time –
God’s spies are linked directly to the Soul.
Meanwhile no doubt old Stratford town despairs
To see its patron Leared by Oxford’s heirs.
21 January 2017