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Benson's 1640 POEMS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0570  Tuesday, 29 March 2005

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Mar 2005 14:21:04 -0000
Subject:        Benson's 1640 POEMS

In John Benson's  +Poems : written by Wil. Shake-speare, gent.+, (1640),
between K4v and K6r, Benson prints in sequence Marlowe's "Passionate
Shepherd to His Love", Ralegh's "The Nymph's Reply", and a poem beginning:

         Come live with me and be my deare,
         And we will revill all the yeare,
         In plaines and groves, on hills and dales,
         Where fragrant ayre breeds sweetest gales.

(For Benson's text, I used the facsimile at:

http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?TextID=poems&PagePosition=1
)

As Benson prints these in the part of his text *before* "An Addition of
some Excellent Poems ... By other Gentlemen" (the volume finally
concludes with, unattributed, Thomas Carew's "Ask me no more ..."), he's
presumably implying that they are by Shakespeare.

Or is he?

My question simply is whether any comment been made on this.

As a further, tangentially connected, observation, Issac Walton in +The
Compleat Angler+ (1653) prints [without attribution] the Marlowe and the
Ralegh poems in Chapter II, and in Chapter IX ("... a Coppie of Verses
that were made by Doctor Donne, and made to shew the world that hee
could make soft and smooth Verses, when he thought them fit and worth
his labour ..."), John Donne's "The Baite".  [Walton doesn't include the
title.]

Any light that can be (or has been) shed on this concatenation of texts
would be much appreciated.

Robin Hamilton

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