1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Philip Massinger

John Aubrey, in Brief Lives, 1669-1696; ed. Clark (1898) 2:54-55.



My brother Tom searcht the register of Wilton from the beginning and talk't with old men. Philip Massinger was not buried there; but his wife dyed at Cardiffe in Wales, to whom the earl of Pembroke payd an annuity.

This day I searched the register of St. Saviour's, Southwark, by the playhouse then there, vulgo St. Mary's Overy's; and find Philip Massinger buryed March 18th, 1639. I am enformed at the place where he dyed, which was by the Bankes side neer the then playhouse, that he was buryed about the middle of the Bullhead-churchyard — i.e. that churchyard (for there are four) which is next the Bullhead taverne, from whence it has its denomination. He dyed about the 66th yeare of his age: went to bed well, and dyed suddenly — but not of the plague.