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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

8412 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:But were it to my fancy given
To rate her charms, I ’d call them heaven;
For though a mortal made of clay,
Angels must love Ann Hathaway;
She hath a way so to control,
To rapture the imprisoned soul,
And sweetest heaven on earth display,
That to be heaven Ann hath a way;
      She hath a way,
      Ann Hathaway,—
To be heaven’s self Ann hath a way.
ATTRIBUTION:Attributed to Shakespeare. 1
Note 1.
This poem entire may be found in Rossiter Johnson’s “Famous Single and Fugitive Poems.” [back]