Happy Birthday, Edward
Today in 1550, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was born.
He didn't write Shakespeare, but he did write plays and poems, and here's one:
Were I a king, I could command content;
Were I obscure, unknown should be my cares,
And were I dead, no thought should me torment,
Nor words, nor wrongs, nor loves, nor hopes, nor fears;
A doubtful choice, of these things one to crave,
A kingdom, or a cottage, or a grave..