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Dido Queen of CARTHAGE. This is a very scarce play, only three copies being known to be extant, one in the Bodleian library, one in the Marquis of Stafford's collection, and the third in thc possession of Mr. Heber. Mr. Malone only knew of two in the possession of Dr. Wright and Mr. Reed. To one of these, now in the Bodleian, he has appended a note from which the following extract is copied
“ Mr. Warton speaks in his Hist. of Eng. Poetry, (III. p. 435.) of an Elegy being prefixed to it [Didol on the death of Marlowe; but no such is found in either of those copies. In answer to my enquiries on this subject, he informed me, by letter, that a copy of this play was in Osborn's Catalogue in the year 1754 ; that he then saw it in his shop (together with several of Mr. Oldys's books that Osborne had purchased) and that the elegy in question “ On Marlowe's untimely death," was inserted immediately after the title page : that it mentioned a play of Marlowe's, entitled the “Duke of Guise,” and four others, but whether particularly by name, he could not recollect. Unluckily he did not purchase this rare piece, and it is now God knows where.
“ Bishop Tanner likewise mentions this elegy, in so particular a manner, that he must have seen it. • Marlovius (Christopherus) quondam in Academia Cantabrigiensi, Musarum Alumnus; postea actor scienicus; deinde poeta dramaticus tragicus, paucis inferior. Scripsit plurimas Tragedias, Sc. Tamerlane, Tragedie of Dido, Queen of Carthage-Pr. Come gentle Ganymed.' Hanc perfecit et edidit Tho. Nash, Lond. 1594. 4to. Petowius in præfatione ad secun
dam partem Herois et Leandri multa in Mar Commendationem adfert; hoc etiam facit, Tho. N in Carmine Elegiaco Tragediæ Didonis præf obitum Christoph. Marlovii, ubi quatuor ejus tra arum mentionem facit, necnon et alterius de Guisio.'- Bib. Britan. 1748.
“ I suspect Mr. Wharton had no other aut than this, for saying, that this play was left im by Marlowe, and completed and published by For it does not appear from the title-page that not written in conjunction by him and Marle the life-time of the former [Marlowe). P Nashe's Elegy might ascertain this point.'
It is much to be regretted that no copy. elegy (if it ever existed) is to be found, as it not only ascertain the point mentioned by Mr.M but would also prove which of the plays ascril Marlowe are really genuine.
The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage: Played by the
Children of her Majesties Chappell. Written by Christopher Marlowe, and Thomas Nash. Gent.
At London, Printed, by the Widdowe Orwin, for Thomas Woodcocke, and are to be solde at his Shop, in Paule's Churchyard, at the Signe of the Blacke Beare. 1594.