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1845. Excerpt: ... author of the two plays of Jeronimo and the
Spanish Tragedy (which is a continuation of the former), besides a
translation of another piece from the French, appears to be called
"Sporting Kyd" by Jonson, in his verses on Shakspeare, in allusion
merely to his name. There is, at least, nothing particularly
sportive in the little that has come down to us from his pen. Kyd
was a considerable master of language; but his rank as a dramatist
is not very easily settled, seeing that there is much doubt as to
his claims to the authorship of by far the most striking passages
in the Spanish Tragedy, the best of his two plays. Lamb, quoting
the scenes in question, describes them as "the very salt of the old
play," which, without them, he adds, "is but a caput mortuum." It
has been generally assumed that they were added by Ben Jonson, who
certainly was employed to make some additions to this play; and Mr.
Collier attributes them to him as if the point did not admit of a
doubt--acknowledging, however, that they represent Jonson in a new
light, and that "certainly there is nothing in his own entire plays
equalling in pathetic beauty some of his contributions to the
Spanish Tragedy." Nevertheless, it does not seem to be perfectly
clear that the supposed contributions by another hand might not
have been the work of Kyd himself. Lamb says, "There is nothing in
the undoubted plays of Jonson which would authorise us to suppose
that he could have supplied the scenes in question. I should
suspect the agency of some 'more potent spirit.' Webster might have
furnished them. They are full of that wild, solemn, preternatural
cast of grief which bewilders us in the Duchess of Malfy." The last
of these early dramatists we shall notice, Thomas Lodge, who was
born about 1556, and began ...
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