The Praises of Burbage, or an Excellent Actor

Who, by the best and noblest of the age

Was held the chiefest ornament of the stage,

And Actor’s clearest Light in no dark time

To shew them what to follow, what decline.

Who knew, by rules of the Dramatic Art,

To fit his speech and action to his part,

And of an excellent orator had all

In voice and gesture which we charming call ;

Who a delightful Proteus was that could

Transform himself into what shape he would

And finally did on the stage appear

Beauty to th’ Eye, and Musick to the Ear.

Richard Flecknoe (1671)