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THE PROPHECY OF VENUS.
SINCE thou art dead, lo, here I prophesy :
Ne'er settled equally, but high or low,
It shall be fickle, false, and full of fraud,
The strongest body shall it make most weak,
• It shall be sparing, and too full of riot,
It shall be raging-mad, and silly-mild,
• It shall suspect where is no cause of fear,
Perverse it shall be, where it shows most toward,
“It shall be cause of war, and dire events, And set dissension 'twixt the son and sire; Subject and servile to all discontents,
As dry combustious matter is to fire :
Sith in his prime Death doth my love destroy,
Venus and Adonis, 1138-1164.
E MORTE VITA.
By this, the boy that by her side lay killed
Resembling well his pale cheeks and the blood
Which in round drops upon their whiteness stood.
She crops the stalk, and in the breach appears
Poor flower,' quoth she, this was thy father's guise-
And so 'tis thine; but know, it is as good
· Here was thy father's bed, here in my breast;
There shall not be one minute in an hour
Thus weary of the world, away she hies,
Holding their course to Paphos, where their queen
Id. 1165-1194. MARLOWE.
PRINCIPAL WORKS : Tamburlaine the Great (tragedy), 1586 (?); the turgid style of parts of which has been immortalised by the parody of the verse ‘Holla! ye pampered jades of Asia,' placed in the mouth of Pistol in 'Henry IV. Passages in it, however, have been much praised for a certain grandeur as well as for their superior versification. The Life and Death of Dr. Faustus, the best known and most interesting of his works, containing many passages of true tragic feeling. It has also an extrinsic interest as the prototype of Goethe's Faust.—The Jew of Malta, and Edward II., published before the year 1593.
Marlowe is by far the most considerable of the dramatists who wrote immediately preceding, and partly contemporaneously with, Shakespeare. Tamburlaine appeared before the year 1587. The Second Part of King Henry VI., the first reputed authentic drama of Shakespeare, about 1590, and it is an interesting inquiry how far Shakespeare may have been originally indebted for some of his plots and scenes to Marlowe and others of the older school. That he was indebted to others not only for the plots of many of his plays, but also for nearly 2,000 entire verses directly borrowed, besides nearly twice that number, adopted with some alteration, is well known. The Passionate Shepherd to his Love is one of Marlowe's miscellaneous pieces.
• Perduto è tutto il tempo che in amar non si spende.'
And we will sit upon the rocks,
And I will make thee beds of roses,
A gown made of the finest wool,
A belt of straw and ivy buds,
The shepherd swains shall dance and sing,
The Passionate Shepherd to his Love.