1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Marlowe

John Payne Collier, in Poetical Decameron (1820) 1:128.



ELLIOT. What did you say was the cause of his death?

BOURNE. The catastrophe is differently related: in Beard's Theatre of Gods Judgements, it is asserted that he was killed by one whom he had attempted, for some grudge, to stab; while Vaughan, in his Golden Grove, 1608, adds that Ingram was the man who killed him, and that the recontre took place over a game of tables. The most current story, however, is what I have mentioned before, that he was making love to some wench, who had a sweetheart who came into the room while Marlow was with her: Marlow drew his poniard to stab the intruder, who wrested it from his hands and killed him. We cannot now come at the truth, and however this fact may be, nobody denies that he was a first rate poet.