Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0188. Friday, 8 March 1996.
Date: Friday, 8 Mar 1996 09:57:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Chaste Maid in Cheapside Production
Willing Suspension Productions presents:
Thomas Middleton's _A Chaste Maid in Cheapside_
Directed by Andrew Hartley and Kirk Melnikoff
Assistant Director Jill Orofino
Friday, March 29 @ 8PM
Saturday, March 30 @ 2PM and 7:30PM
Sunday, March 31 @ 2PM and 7:30PM
Performances will be held at Boston University's School for the Arts, 855
Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, Room 104.
Willing Suspension is a company founded by Boston University English Department
graduate students for a production of Middleton's _Revenger's Tragedy_ in 1993.
Since then, we have mounted successful productions of Ben Jonson's _The
Alchemist_ and, last year, Thomas Kyd's _The Spanish Tragedy_. The company is
dedicated to performing non-Shakespearean early modern drama.
address and we will send flyers and additional information.
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0186. Friday, 8 March 1996.
Date: Friday, March 8, 1996
Subject: New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver: Foster's Edited Version of FE
As of today, SHAKSPEReans may retrieve Don Foster's edited text of "A Funeral
Elegy." (FUNERAL ELEGY) from the SHAKSPER Fileserver. What had been made
available previously was an archive-copy in which all ellisions have been
expanded, and substantive errors have been introduced.
To retrieve "A Funeral Elegy," send a one-line mail message (without a subject
Should you have difficulty receiving this or any of the files on the SHAKSPER
PS: There is still a problem that affects some addresses -- my own included --
because of an excess of "hops." Should your request for this file generate such
W[illiam] S[hakespeare], "A Funeral Elegy." Edited by Donald W. Foster from
W.S., A Funerall Elegye in memory of the late vertuous Maister William Peeter
(London: G. Eld for T. Thorpe, 1612). [4,600 words.] Common nouns
capitalized and italicized in Q are here capitalized but not italicized;
italicized quotations in Q are rendered in quotation marks.
Participial endings and ellisions may be normalized for use with a private
text archive. DWF (1/15/96)
TO MASTER JOHN PETER
of Bowhay in Devon, Esquire.
The love I bore to your brother, and will do to his memory, hath
crav'd from me this last duty of a friend; I am herein but a
second to the privilege of Truth, who can warrant more in his
behalf than I undertook to deliver. Exercise in this kind I will
little affect, and am less addicted to, but there must be miracle
in that labor which, to witness my remembrance to this departed
gentleman, I would not willingly undergo. Yet whatsoever is here
done, is done to him, and to him only. For whom and whose sake I
will not forget to remember any friendly respects to you, or to
any of those that have lov'd him for himself, and himself for his
A FUNERAL ELEGY
Since Time, and his predestinated end,
Abridg'd the circuit of his hopeful days,
Whiles both his Youth and Virtue did intend
The good endeavors of deserving praise,
5 What memorable monument can last
Whereon to build his never-blemish'd name
But his own worth, wherein his life was grac'd-
Sith as [that] ever he maintain'd the same?
Oblivion in the darkest day to come,
10 When sin shall tread on merit in the dust,
Cannot rase out the lamentable tomb
Of his short-liv'd deserts; but still they must,
Even in the hearts and memories of men,
Claim fit Respect, that they, in every limb
15 Rememb'ring what he was, with comfort then
May pattern out one truly good, by him.
For he was truly good, if honest care
Of harmless conversation may commend
A life free from such stains as follies are,
20 Ill recompensed only in his end.
Nor can the tongue of him who lov'd him least
(If there can be minority of love
To one superlative above the rest
Of many men in steady faith) reprove
25 His constant temper, in the equal weight
Of thankfulness and kindness: Truth doth leave
Sufficient proof, he was in every right
As kind to give, as thankful to receive.
The curious eye of a quick-brain'd survey
30 Could scantly find a mote amidst the sun
Of his too-short'ned days, or make a prey
Of any faulty errors he had done-
Not that he was above the spleenful sense
And spite of malice, but for that he had
35 Warrant enough in his own innocence
Against the sting of some in nature bad.
Yet who is he so absolutely blest
That lives encompass'd in a mortal frame,
Sometime in reputation not oppress'd
40 By some in nothing famous but defame?
Such in the By-path and the Ridgeway lurk
That leads to ruin, in a smooth pretense
Of what they do to be a special work
Of singleness, not tending to offense;
45 Whose very virtues are, not to detract
Whiles hope remains of gain (base fee of slaves),
Despising chiefly men in fortunes wrack'd-
But death to such gives unrememb'red graves.
Now therein liv'd he happy, if to be
50 Free from detraction happiness it be.