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The Jew of Malta

[1] Heywood dedicates the First Part of THE IRON AGE (printed 1632) "To my Worthy
and much Respected Friend, Mr. Thomas Hammon, of Grayes Inne, Esquire."
[2] Tho. Heywood] The well-known dramatist.
[3] censures] i.e. judgments.
[4] bin] i.e. been.
[5] best of poets] "Marlo." Marg. note in old ed.
[6] best of actors] "Allin." Marg. note in old. ed.--Any account of the celebrated actor,
Edward Alleyn, the founder of Dulwich College, would be superfluous here.
[7] In HERO AND LEANDER, &c.] The meaning is--The one (Marlowe) gained a
lasting memory by being the author of HERO AND LEANDER; while the other (Alleyn)
wan the attribute of peerless by playing the parts of Tamburlaine, the Jew of Malta, &c.--
The passage happens to be mispointed in the old ed. thus,
"In Hero and Leander, one did gaine
A lasting memorie: in Tamberlaine,
This Jew, with others many: th' other wan," &c.
and hence Mr. Collier, in his HIST. OF ENG. DRAM. POET. iii.
114, understood the words,
"in Tamburlaine,
This Jew, with others many,"
as applying to Marlowe: he afterwards, however, in his MEMOIRS OF ALLEYN, p. 9,
suspected that the punctuation of the old ed. might be wrong,--which it doubtless is.
[8] him] "Perkins." Marg. note in old ed.--"This was Richard Perkins, one of the
performers belonging to the Cock-pit theatre in Drury-Lane. His name is printed among
those who acted in HANNIBAL AND SCIPIO by Nabbes, THE WEDDING by Shirley,
and THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST by Heywood. After the play-houses were shut up
on account of the confusion arising from the civil wars, Perkins and Sumner, who
belonged to the same house, lived together at Clerkenwell, where they died and were
buried. They both died some years before the Restoration. See THE DIALOGUE ON
PLAYS AND PLAYERS [Dodsley's OLD PLAYS, 1. clii., last ed.]." REED (apud
Dodsley's O. P.). Perkins acted a prominent part in Webster's WHITE DEVIL, when it
was first brought on the stage, --perhaps Brachiano (for Burbadge, who was celebrated in
Brachiano, does not appear to have played it originally): in a notice to the reader at the