James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

March 16

On the Death of Burbage

By Thomas Middleton (1580–1627)

  • Richard Burbage was a noted English actor of Elizabeth’s time. He seems to have been the original Hamlet, Lear, and Othello, and acted in the same company as Shakespeare. He was highly esteemed by authors and the public. He died on March 16, 1619.

  • ASTRONOMERS and star-gazers this year,

    Write but of four eclipses—five appear;

    Death interposing Burbage, and there staying,

    Hath made a visible eclipse of playing.