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Shakespeare and Donne ...
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1838  Monday, 23 July 2001

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Saturday, 21 Jul 2001 00:53:36 +0100
Subject:        Shakespeare and Donne ...

The Furness facsimile of the Benson 1640 _Poems_ lists on its
(annotated?) contents page:

(http://www.library.upenn.edu/etext/furness/poems/contents.html)

"The Passionate Shepheard "
(Marlowe)

"The Nimphs reply"
(Ralegh)

"Another of the same Nature"
(Donne)

The scanned pages [which don't ascribe the poems] do indeed present
Marlowe's Passionate Shepherd and Ralegh's Nymph's Reply, but the third
poem as printed in Benson +isn't+ Donne (at least, it's not "The
Baite").

The sequence of texts would seem to reflect (or anticipate) Izaac
Walton's _The Compleat Angler_ of 1653, but in Walton, the third text
given +is+ "The Baite".

Why the Donne ascription?  Who +did+ write the third poem?

More than mildly baffled.

Robin Hamilton

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