"If the while I think on
thee, dear friend,
all losses are restored and sorrows end."
fatally ill in 1616, after a "merrie meeting"
with friends - according to John Ward, writing around 50
The playwright Ben Jonson and the Warwickshire
poet Michael Drayton both
attended the occasion.
When Shakespeare fell sick, he might well
have cast his mind back to happier days, as in Sonnet