Seeds XI, 36
Seed: Billy Wigglesdagger
Ever heard of this playwright? The first time I ever heard his name pronounced this way was the summer I did Taming of the Shrew with a Renaissance Faire Theatre Company. I mean, of course, William Shakespeare.
Here’s a delicious little story about him. Rumor has it that Mr. Shakespeare was part of the cadre of scholars who were responsible for creating the King James Version of the Bible. Think on it … the KJV is in what we know as Shakespearean English.
Well, lo and behold, some less-than-busy exegete thinks that WS “name-dropped” himself into Psalm 46. The 46th word from the beginning of the psalm is shake. The 47th word from the end of the psalm is spear. In 1610, when the translation was finished WS was 46. In 1611, when it was published, he was 47.
One of many anagrams for William Shakespeare is “Here was I, like a psalm.”
Truth or fiction? Who cares? Long live Billy Wigglesdagger!
Dr. Susan Corso
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