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[See Account of Marlowe and his Writings. — This paper was first printed by Ritson in his Observations on Warton's Hist. of E. P., p. 40.

I have elsewhere expressed my conviction that the charge of irreligion, which we find so repeatedly brought against Marlowe, was not without foundation; and it seems but too certain that bis habits of life were licentious. Still, I am far from thinking that this paper is to be received as a document of much authority. The accuser appears to have had a strong feeling of enmity towards Marlowe; and his veracity is rendered the more questionable by the fact, that he afterwards suffered the extreme penalty of the law at Tyburn.

* A note, &c.] This, the original title, is partly drawn through with a pen and altered as follows; A Note delivered on Whitson eve last of the most horreble blasphemes utteryd by Christofer Marly who within iii dayes after came to a sodưn and fearfull end of his life. Warton carelessly gives the title thus; “ Account of the blasphemous and damnable opinions of Christ. Marley and 3 others who came to a sudden and fearfull end of this life.” Hist. of E. P., iii. 437, ed. 4to.

In a volume of Marlowe's collected pieces (now in the Bodleian Library) Malone has written what follows :

“ This Richard Bame or Banes was hanged at Tyburn on the 6th of Dec. 1594. See the Stationers' Register, Book B,

p. 316.

It is obvious to remark upon this testimony, that it is not upon oath; that it contains some declarations which it is utterly incredible that Marlowe should have made (as that concerning his intention to coin, which he must have known to be penal); that Bame does not appear to have been confronted with the person accused, or cross-examined by him or any other person ; and that the whole rests upon his single assertion. This paper, however, may derive some support from the verses quoted at the other side [of the page in Malone's book] from The Returne from Parnassus [cited in my Account of Marlowe and his Writings], which was written about 10 years after Marlowe's death.”]

That the Indians and many Authors of Antiquitei have assuredly written of aboue 16 thowsande yeers agone, wher* Adam is proved to have leyved within 6 thowsande yeers.

He affirmeth + That Moyses was but a Juggler, and that one Heriots can do more then hee.

That Moyses made the Jewes to travell fortie yeers in the wildernes (which iorny might have ben don in lesse then one yeer) er they came to the promised lande, to the intente that those whoe wer privei to most of his subtileteis might perish, and so an ever

* wher] i. e. whereas.

+ He affirmeth] All the portionis now printed in Italics, are in the original drawn through with a pen by the person who altered the title.

lastinge supersticion remayne in the hartes of the people.

That the firste beginnynge of Religion was only to keep men in awe.

That it was an easye matter for Moyses, beinge brought vp in all the artes of the Egiptians, to abvse the Jewes, beinge a rvde and grosse people.

t That he [Christ] was the sonne of a carpenter, and that, yf the Jewes amonge whome he was borne did crvcifye him, thei best knew him and whence he


That Christ deserved better to dye then Barabas, and that the Jewes made a good choyce, though Barrabas were both a theife and a murtherer.

That yf ther be any God or good Religion, then it is in the Papistes, becavse the service of God is performed with more ceremonyes, as elevacion of the masse, organs, singinge men, shaven crownes, &c. That all protestantes ar hipocriticall Asses.

That, yf he wer put to write a new religion, he wolde vndertake both a more excellent and more admirable methode, and that all the new testament is filthely written.

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+ Wherever asteriscs occur, they indicate clauses of such an abominable nature, that I did not choose to print them.

That all the Appostels wer fishermen and base fellowes, nether of witt nor worth, that Pawle only had witt, that he was a timerous fellow in biddinge men to be subiect to magistrates against his conscience.

That he had as good right to coyne as the Queen of Englande, and that he was acquainted with one Poole, a prisoner in newgate, whoe hath great skill in mixture of mettalls, and, havinge learned some thinges of him, he ment, thorough help of a cunnynge stampe-maker, to coyne french crownes, pistolettes, and englishe shillinges.

That, yf Christ had instituted the Sacramentes with more ceremonyall reverence, it wold have ben had in more admiracion, that it wolde have ben much better beinge administred in a Tobacco pype.

That one Richard Cholmelei* hath confessed that he was perswaded by Marloes reason to become an Athieste.

Theis thinges, with many other, shall by good and honest men be proved to be his opinions and common speeches, und that this Marloe doth not only holde them himself, but almost in every company he commeth, perswadeth men to Athiesme, willinge them not to be afrayed of bugbeares and hobgoblins, and utterly scornynge both God and his ministers, as I Richard Bome [sic] will justify both by my othe and the testimony of many honest men, and almost all men with whome he hath conversed any tyme will testefy the same : and, as I thincke, all men in christianitei ought to endevor that the mouth of so dangerous a member may be stopped.

* That one Richard Cholmelei, &c.] On the margin, opposite this clause, is written in a different hand" he is layd for,” which is equivalent to-means are taken to discover him. (Ritson, misreading the MS., printed “ he is sayd for.")

He sayeth moreover that he hath coated* a number of contrarieties out of the scriptures, which he hath geeven to some great men, whoe in convenient tyme shalbe named. When theis thinges shalbe called in question, the witnesses shalbe produced.

RYCHARD BAME. (Endorsed) Copye of Marloes blasphemyes

us sent to her H [ighness].

couted] i. e. quoted, noted down.

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