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.
Hornback concludes that religious ideology is actually a persistent feature of stage clownage
at least until well beyond the end of Shakespeare's career despite the turn in taste to neoclassical decorum.
From jigging veins of rhyming mother wits, And such conceits as clownage
keeps in pay, We'll lead you to the stately tent of war, Where you shall hear the Scythian Tamburlaine Threatening the world with high astounding terms, And scourging kingdoms with his conquering sword.
Kahn's production cut Tamburlaine's famous, challenging prologue--a speech that, if delivered by the Shakespeare Theatre Company, might have suggested that the hallowed Bard himself was to blame for "jigging veins of rhyming mother wits, / And such conceits as clownage
keeps in pay.
From iygging vaines of riming mother wits, and such conceits as clownage
keepes in pay.