Recent excavations of London have uncovered a very small body of printed materials, believed to date to the reign of Elizabeth I. Among these materials are two documents that appear to be some draft pages from Shakespeare's plays Twelfth Night and King Lear, early revisions to two of his known sonnets, and the following poem. The numbering of this poem as "Sonnet 486" has filled the literary world with wild hope that even more such works shall be uncovered as the excavations continue.
What is most interesting are additional clues to the identity of Shakespeare's "Dark Lady". Several of the draft play pages contain notes in a female hand, annotated "TD". In addition, the subtitle to Sonnet 486 translates into English as "Techdragon Conquers Love". This has led many scholars to assume that "Techdragon" was term of endearment used by Shakespeare to refer to his secret lover.
These clues do not lead us any closer to an actual name of the Bard's mysterious muse. However, they certainly add subtle shades to the nature of their relationship.
Sonnet 486 Technedrakus vincit amor
Please snuff the candle from our chamber, dear And let us seek the sights beyond our eyes For truest visions come from dark'nd fears As when we banish vision's scand'lous lies
I need no light, I find by heat the thighs That round my trunk shall hold me to the ground Releasing not my spirit with our cries A dragonfly within your amber bound
Until with morning's dawn shall we be found Apollo shamed to burn us with his light The Earth shall spin the other way around To give us yet more hours in the night
Immune was I to Cupid's barbed dart But swiftly felled by Techne's gentl'st art
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