Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - infant woodcut detail, p.100v.

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Date:1581

Description:Infant mortality: Shakespeare's older sisters died young.

William's two older sisters both died in infancy. For Elizabethans the death of a child was a common occurrence. William's younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund, all grew to adulthood, but predeceased William. Their sister Anne died aged 8, and their sister Joan outlived them all.

The motto below death about to stab a baby in its cradle reads:
The Infant.
Lo, this little heart
I strike with my dart.

Full title: Richard Day, A Booke of Christian Prayers collected out of the auncient writers and best learned in our tyme, worthy to be read with earnest mynde of all Christians in these daungerous and troublesome dayes', London, John Daye, 1581.


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