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or to have a glimpse of his country's queen and the entertainments given in her honour. In 1568, a company of London actors came to Stratford. John Shakespeare as bailiff gave them a formal welcome to the town ; and it is probable that among the earliest memories of his son were the sound of their drums and trumpets, the beating of hoofs, and the sight of banners and riders, of gorgeous costumes flashing in the sun, and gaily caparisoned horses prancing down the street to the market-place.
More than a score of times the prancing steeds and their riders visited Stratford ; and the country boy, living quietly beside the Avon, must have had many thoughts of the great world of London that was the home of those fascinating cavalcades. He would not have been a real boy if he had not determined to see that marvellous city before many years should pass.
Not long after the festivities of Kenilworth, John Shakespeare began to be less successful in his business affairs. Thirteen or fourteen was not an early age for a boy to be taken from school who did not intend to go to the university; and it is probable that the boy William left school at that age and began to earn his own living. For some years from that time the only thing known of him is that he often crossed the fields by a narrow lane that led to Shottery and the cottage of Anne Hathaway, and that before he was nineteen she became his wife. Somewhere about 1586, this young man in his early twenties, with no trade, with himself and wife and three children to support, with only dreams and courage and genius for capital, made his way to London, possibly on horseback, but more probably on foot. 1586 was the year of Sidney's death. There could hardly be a greater inspiration

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toward honour and uprightness for a young man on his first visit to London than to see the whole city grieving for the death of one but ten years older than himself simply because he whom they had lost was pure, true, noble, and a poet.
Just what Shakespeare did during his first few years in London is not known, but he must have been connected in some way with the theatre and have won the confidence of those in control, for as early as 1588 he was trusted to " retouch " at least one play. This retouching was regarded as perfectly allowable. There was no copyright law, and as soon as a play had been printed, any theatre had a right to use it, and any author had a right to alter it as he chose. Two years later, the

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