Song made in lieu of many ornaments, With which my love should duly have bene dect, Which cutting off through hasty accidents, Ye would not stay your dew time to expect, But promist both to recompens, Be unto her a goodly ornament, And for short time an endlesse moniment
But wicked Time that all good thoughts doth waste, And workes of noblest wits to nought out weare, That famous moniment
hath quite defaste, And robd the world of threasure endlesse deare, The which mote haue enriched all vs heare.
In the first chapter, entitled '"Thou art a Moniment
, without a tombe": Affiliation and Memorialization in Margaret Cavendish's Playes and Plays, Never before Printed' (7-28), Shannon Miller states that in the middle years of the seventeenth century playwrights and their reputations were constantly under the public eye.
Shannon Miller's "'Thou art a Moniment
, without a tombe': Affiliation and Memorialization in Margaret Cavendish's Playes and Plays, Never before Printed" argues that Cavendish's prefaces to her plays associate them with Shakespeare's by distinguishing them from Ben Jonson's, becoming "an early voice in elevating Shakespeare over Jonson" (9).
Shall be thereof immortal moniment
And tell her prayse to all posterity, That may admire such worlds rare wonderment.
In the Folio, Ben Jonson refers to the author as "Sweet Swan of Avon," and Leonard Digges alludes to "thy Stratford Moniment
Finally, the theory finds unexpected corroboration in one of Ben Jonson's most famous lines, a line that now takes on a typically Jonsonian double meaning: 'thou art a Moniment
, without a tombe'.
Includes: Katherine Romack and James Fitzmaurice, "Cavendish and Shakespeare, Interconnections"; Shannon Miller, "'Thou art a Moniment
, without a tombe': Affiliation and Memorialization in Margaret Cavendish's Playes and Plays, Never before Printed"; James Fitzmaurice, "Shakespeare, Cavendish, and Reading Aloud in Seventeenth-Century England"; Erna Kelly, "Drama's Olio: A New Way to Serve Old Ingredients in The Religious and The Matrimonial Trouble"; Brandie R.
My Shakespeare, rise; I will not lodge thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lye A little further, to make thee a roome: Thou art a Moniment
without a tomb, And art aliue still, while thy Booke doth hue, And we haue wits to read, and praise to giue .
In a prefatory and laudatory poem in this Folio, Jonson insists of Shakespeare: "Thou art a Moniment
, without a tombe, / And art alive still, while thy Booke doth live, / And we have wits to read, and praise to give.
His warlike arms, the idle instruments Of sleeping praise, were hong upon a tree: And his brave shield, full of old moniments
, Was fowly ras't, that none the signs might see; Ne for them, ne for honour cared he, Ne ought that did to his advauncement tend (II vii 80).
Also included are five shorter writings, titled "Gleanings," on such topics as when Spenser read Tasso, Spenser and Greek romance, unlikely characters in Spenser's Britain Moniments
, Spenser's "Clothes of Arras and of Toure," and Spenser's Amoretti and Elizabeth Boyle.