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Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed by
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1968  Thursday, 9 October 2003

From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Wednesday, 08 Oct 2003 07:40:00 -0500
Subject: 14.1961 Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1961 Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed
by Stanley Wells in TLS

>Renowned Essex, as he past the streets,
>Woulde vaile his bonnett to an oyster wife,
>And with a kinde of humble congie greete
>The vulgar sorte that did admire his life:
>And now sith he hath spent his livinge breath,
>They will not cease yet to lament his death.
>
> (From an anti-Ralegh poem written between c. 1603-18.

Cf. also Everard Guilpin's Skialethia, entered in the Stationers'
Register 15 Sept 1598, recalled to be burnt 1 and 4 June 1599.

See Satire I, 65ff., generally assumed to be a lift from R2 and to
describe Essex:

For when great Foelix passing through the street,
Vayleth his cap to each one he doth meet,
And when no broome-man that will pray for him,
Shall haue less truage then his bonnets brim,
Who would not thinke him perfect curtesie?
Or the hunny-suckle of humilitie?
The deuill he is as soone: he is the deuill,
Brightly accoustred to bemist his euill.

Frank Whigham

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