n.1.Behavior or manners of a clown; clownery.
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And yet, despite Tarlton's widespread fame, which drove Marlowe to famously dismiss the "jigging veins of rhyming mother-wits / And such conceits as clownage keeps in pay," (29) Shakespeare's Globe was not a place for a clown such as Kemp to thrive.
For the early modern stage, the nearest we can come to a similar vocabulary of gait for clowns is the not-surprising term "jig," associated at once with verse movement and physical movement in Marlowe's dismissal of his predecessors for their "jigging veins of rhyming mother wit/ And such conceits as clownage keeps in pay," in contrast to "the stately tent of war" containing Alleyn's Tamburlaine, famous for his tragic stalking.
From iygging vaines of riming mother wits, and such conceits as clownage keepes in pay.