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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Vol. 6. The Drama to 1642, Part Two.

XII. University Plays.


Boas, F. S. The English Academic Drama. Clark Lectures delivered at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1904–5. (In preparation for publication in enlarged form.)
Bodleian Library. Catalogue of MSS. 13 vols. 1848–56.
Bowes, R. A. catalogue of books printed at or relating to Cambridge, 1521–1893. Cambridge, 1894.
Cambridge University Library. Catalogue of MSS. 5 vols. 1856–6.
Chambers. Vol. II.
Churchill, G. B. and Keller, W. Die lateinischen Universitäts-Dramen Englands in der Zeit der Königin Elizabeth. Mit Vorwort von A. Brandl. Shakesp. Jahrb. vol. XXXIV, pp. 221–323. [An invaluable piece of research to which all students of the University drama are deeply indebted. Several important MSS. in the library of Trinity college, Cambridge, are, however, omitted. This article is referred to in the present bibliography as Jahrbuch, XXXIV.]
Clark, J. W. The Riot at the Great Gate of Trinity College February 1610–11. Cambridge Antiquarian Soc. 1906.
College Histories (especially the series published formerly by F. E. Robinson now by Hutchinson and Co.).
Cooper, C. H. and J. W. Annals of Cambridge. 5 vols. Cambridge, 1852–1908.
Courtney, W. L. Oxford plays down to the Restoration. Notes and Queries, Ser. VII, vol. II, p. 464. 1886.
Dictionary of National Biography, ed. by Stephens, Sir L. and Lee, S. vols. 1885–90.
Fleay’s English Drama, vol. II, pp. 347–365 and 400–I.
Gofflot, L. V. Le Théâre au Collège du moyen âge à nos jours. 1907.
Greg, W. W. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama. 1906.
Greg’s List of Plays.
—— List of Masques.
Hazlitt’s Handbook.
Herford’s Literary Relations.
Humphrey, W. G. On the ancient amusements of the University. The Cambridge Portfolio, vol. I, pp. 92–112. 1840.
James, M. R. Catalogues of MSS. in Cambridge Colleges. Cambridge, 1895 ff.
Lee, Margaret, L. Narcissus, A Twelfe Night Merriment. 1893. The Introduction contains a list of Oxford plays.
Madan, F. A summary catalogue of Western MSS. in the Bodleian Library. 1895.
—— The Early Oxford Press. 1468–1640. Oxford Hist. Soc. Publ. 1895.
–- Manuscript Materials relating to the History of Oxford. Oxford, 1887.
Merton College, Oxford, MS. Register.
Mullinger, J. B. The University of Cambridge from the Injunctions of 1535 to the Accession of Charles I. 1884.
Nichols, J. P. Progresses of Queen Elizabeth. 1788. 2nd ed. 1823.
—— Progresses of James I. 1828.
Plummer, C. Elizabethan Oxford. Reprints of Rare Tracts. Oxford Hist. Soc. Publ. 1887.
Retrospective Review, the, vol. XII, I, pp. 1–42. The Latin Plays acted before the University of Cambridge.
Schelling’s Elizabethan Drama. Vol. II, chap. XIV, The College Drama.
Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2. 1908.
—— Plays performed in Cambridge Colleges before 1585. In Fasciculus J. W. Clark dicatus, pp. 265–273. 1909. (See, also, post, under the headings of certain University plays.)
Wake, I. Rex Platonicus: Sive de Potentissimi Principis Jacobi Brittanniarum Regis ad illustrissimam Academiam Oxoniensem adventu, Aug. 27, Anno, 1605… 1607.
Ward. Vol. II, pp. 630–642, and vol. III, pp. 174–188.
Watson, Foster. The English Grammar Schools to 1660: their Curriculum and Practice. Cambridge, 1908. (Pp. 318–324: Excursus on Play-reading and Play-acting in Schools.)
Wood, Anthony à. Athenae Oxonienses. 2nd ed. 1813–20.

(Reference should also be made to bibliography of Vol. V, chap. v, section on School and Prodigal Son Plays.)


The following list includes the English and Latin plays written before 1642, preserved in printed form, or in MSS. which can be verified as still extant. Plays known only by allusion are not recorded, except in a few cases of special importance.

For information concerning Synedrium (by R. Worseley), Callidamus et Callanthia and Susenbrotus, and for the titles of Jovis et Junonis nuptiæ and Microcosmus, special acknowledgment is due to G. C. Moore Smith, who has placed unpublished memoranda on Cambridge university plays at the service of this bibliography.


Roxana Tragoedia olim Cantabrigiae acta in Col. Trin. Nunc primum in lucem edita summaque cum diligentia ad castigatissimum exemplar comparata. Cui accesserunt etiam Argumenta. 1632.
Roxana Tragoedia a plagiarii unguibus vindicata, aucta, & agnita ab Authore Gulielmo Alabastro. 1632. MSS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 17. 10; Univ. Lib. Cam., Ff. II. 9; Lambeth Palace, 838; Emmanuel coll. Cam., III. I. 17. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 252–5. Source: La Dalida. Tragedia nova di Luigi Groto, Cieco di Hadria. 1567.
Dobell, B. The Sonnets of William Alabaster. The Athenaeum, 26 Dec. 1903.


Homo. Brit. Mus. Harl. MSS., 6925. (Contains dedication to Laud, as President of St. John’s College, Oxford, by the author, Thomas Atkinson.)


Iphis, Comoedia Latina, Autore Henrico Bellamy. MS. in Bodleian, Lat. misc. 1. 17. (Dedicated to Juxon, President of St. John’s Coll. Oxon.)


Adelphe. MS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 9. Comoedia in Collegii Trin. aula bis publice acta. Authore D[char] D[char] Brooke Coll. Trin. Also, R. 10. 4, with prologue dated 1662.
Melanthe: Fabula Pastoralis, acta cum Jacobus, Magnae Brit. Franc. et Hiberniae Rex, Cantabrigiam suam nuper inviserat, ibidemque musarum atque animi gratia dies quinque commoraretur. Egerunt Alumni Coll. San. et individuae Trinitatis Cantabrigiae. 1615.
Scyros. MS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 6. Fabula Pastoralis acta coram Principe Charolo et comite Palatino mensis Martii 30 A.D. 1612. Authore D[char] Brooke Coll. Trin. Also, MSS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 37, R. 17. 10, & O. 3. 4; Emmanuel coll. Cam. III. I. 17; Univ. Lib. Cam. Ee. V. 16. Source: Bonarelli, G. de: Filli di Sciro, favola pastorale. Ferrara, 1607. Greg, W. W. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama. p. 251. [Note on date of the play.]


Philosophaster Comoedia Nova Scripta [originally Inchoata] A° Domini 1606, Alterata, revisa [originally renovata], perfecta A° Domini 1615, Acta demum et publice exhibita Academicis In Aula AEdis Christi et A Studiosis AEdis Christi Oxon. Alumnis Anno 1617, Februarii die decimo sexto Die Lunae Ad horam sextam pomeridianam. Auctore Roberto Burton, Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureo Atque AEdis Christi Oxon. Alumno. 1617. MSS. in private hands.
Philophaster Comoedia, Nunc primum in lucem producta…. Auctore Roberto Burtono, S. Th. B., “Democrito Juniore,” Ex Æde Christi Oxon. Ed. Buckley, W. E. (Roxburghe Club.) 1862.


The Royall Slave. A Tragi-Comedy. Presented to the King and Queene by the Students of Christ-Church in Oxford. August 30, 1636. Presented since to both their Majesties at Hampton-Court by the Kings Servants. Oxford. 1639. Reissued in 1640.
Comedies, Tragi-Comedies, With other Poems, By Mr. William Cartwright late Student of Christ-Church in Oxford, and Proctor of the University. The Ayres and Songs set by Mr. Henry Lawes, Servant to his late Majesty in his Publick and Private Musick. 1651. (The plays included are: The Lady Errant. The Royall Slave. The Ordinary. The Siedge or Love’s Convert. The Royall Slave is the second play in this volume, with the imprint “The Third edition.” 1651.)

The Ordinary is rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. X, X, X, and XII, respectively; and in Ancient B. D. vol. III.


The Guardian. A Comedie Acted before Prince Charles his Highness, at Trinity Colledge in Cambridge, upon the twelfth of March, 1641. 1650.
Prologue and Epilogue to a Comedy acted before the Prince in Trin. Coll. March 1642. Spoken by the author S[char] Cowley. MS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 5. 5 (78).
Cutter of Coleman-Street [a revised form of The Guardian]. A Comedy. The Scene London in the year 1658. 1663.
Naufragium Joculare, Comoedia: Publice Coram Academicis Acta, in Collegio S.S. et individuae Trinitatis. Nonas Feb. An. Dom. 1638. 1638. Another ed. appeared in 1700.
The Works of M[char] Abraham Cowley. Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: and Those which he Design'd for the Press. Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies. To this Edition are added, Cutter of Coleman-Street [etc.] MDCXCIII. Other eds. of The Works appeared in 1700, 1708 and 1710–11. The two latter contain Naufragium Joculare as well as Cutter of Coleman Street.
Abraham Cowley. Essays, Plays and Sundry Verses. Ed. Waller, A. R. (Cambridge English Classics.) 1906. (Contains Cutter of Coleman Street.) Fortune in her Wits. A Comedy. 1705. [By Charles Johnson. An English version of Naufragium Joculare.]


Euribates Pseudomagus. MS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam. III. I. 17. See Jahrbuch, XXXIV, p. 318.


The Queenes Arcadia. A Pastorall Tragi-comedie presented to her Majestie and her Ladies, by the Universitie of Oxford in Christs Church, In August last, 1605. 1606.
Certain Small Workes Heretofore Divulged by Samuel Daniel one of the Groomes of the Queenes Majesties privie Chamber, & now againe by him corrected and augmented. 1607. [The Queenes Arcadia is included in this volume, in the later edition of 1611, and in The Whole Workes of Samuel Daniel Esquire in Poetrie, 1623.]
The Complete Works in verse and prose of Samuel Daniel. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 5 vols. 1885. (The Queenes Arcadia is in vol. III.)

(See, also, bibliography of Daniel, Vol. IV, Chap. VII.)


Palamon and Arcyte. Not extant; but summary of plot is given by Bereblock, J., in his Commentarii (see Plummer’s Elizabethan Oxford, ante).

(See, also, bibliography to Vol. V, Chap. V.)


Fuimus Troes Æneid, 2. The True Trojanes, Being A Story of the Britaines valour at the Romanes first invasion: Publikely represented by the Gentlemen Students of Magdalen Colledge in Oxford. 1633.
Rptd. Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XII (mod. s.).


Sicelides A Piscatory. As it hath beene Acted in Kings Colledge, in Cambridge. 1631.
Sicelides: a Piscatorie made by Phinees Fletcher and acted in Kings Colledge in Cambridge. Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 4453.
Sicelides. Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. MSS., 214. [The texts of these three versions differ widely.]
The Poems of Phineas Fletcher. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 4 vols. Fuller Worthies’ Library. 1869. (Vol. III includes a reprint of the edition of 1631.)
Giles and Phineas Fletcher: Poetical Works. Ed. Boas, F. S. Cambridge English Classics. 2 vols. (Vol. I includes the text of Sicelides, based upon the edition of 1631, with emendations from the MSS., and with a list of variants.)

(See, also, bibliography to Vol. IV, Chap. IX.)


Victoria. MS. in the library of Lord De L'Isle and Dudley at Penshurst, Kent. The cover is inscribed “Comoedia Latina per Abrahamum Fransum ad Philippum Sydneium.”
—— Ed. Smith, G. C. Moore. Bang’s Materialien, vol. XIV. 1906. Source: Il Fedele. Comedia del clarissimo M. Luigi Pasqualigo. 1575. Keller, W. Review of Moore Smith’s edition, with indication of the source of the play. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2. Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2.


Dido. MS. in the library of Christ Church, Oxford. An imperfect MS., Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 22583, has been printed in The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. Dyce, A., Appendix 3 (1858). Synopsis of Brit. Mus. MS. in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, p. 238.
Meleager Tragoedia nova. Bis publice acta in aede Christi Oxoniae. 1592. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 234–6.
Panniculus Hippolyto Senecae Tragoediae assutus 1591. (Printed as an appendix to Meleager.)
Oedipus. Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 22583. (Imperfect.) Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 236–7.
Ulysses Redux. Tragoedia Nova. In aede Christi Oxoniae publice Academicis recitata, octavo Idus Februarii 1591/2. Oxoniae. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 239–241.

A Letter of William Gager to Dr. John Rainolds, dated “the laste of Julye 1592.” MS. in Corpus Christi college, Oxford, 352.

A Letter of Dr. J. Rainolds to an unknown friend, dated Feb. 6. 1591/2. MS. in Corpus Christi college, Oxford, 352.

Rainolds, John. Th' Overthrow of Stage-playes. 1599. 2nd ed. 1629.

Boas, F. S. A Defence of Oxford Plays and Players. Fortnightly Review, August, 1907. (Contains an account, with extracts, of Gager’s letter to Rainolds.)

[Ward, R.] Fucus Histriomastix. Ed. Smith, G. C. Moore. 1909. pp. 98–99.


The Raging Turke, Or, Bajazet the Second. A Tragedie written by Thomas Goffe, Master of Arts, and Student of Christ-Church in Oxford, and Acted by the Students of the same house. August, 1631.
The Couragious Turke, Or, Amurath the First. A Tragedie. Written by Thomas Goffe, Master of Arts, & Student of Christ-Church in Oxford, & Acted by the Students of the same House. 1632.
The Tragedy of Orestes, Written by Thomas Goffe, Master of Arts, and Student of Christs Church in Oxford: And Acted by the Students of the same House. 1633.
Three Excellent Tragoedies [the plays mentioned above]…. The second Edition, carefully corrected by a friend of the Authors. 1656.


Herodes. MS. in Univ. Lib. Cam., Mm. 1. 24. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 243–4.


Archipropheta, Tragoedia jam recens in lucem edita. Autore Nicolao Grimoaldo. Gymnicus. Cologne, 1548. MS. in Brit. Mus. Royal MSS., 12 A. 46.
Christus Redivivus. Comoedia Tragica, sacra, et nova. Authore Nicolao Grimoaldo. Gymnicus. Cologne. 1543. Rptd. (ed. Hart, J. M.) in Mod. Lang. Assoc. Amer. Publications, vol. XIV, no. 3, 1899.
Bale, John. Catalogus. Vol. I. 1557. Herford’s Literary Relations. (See, also, bibliography to Vol. III, Chap, VIII.)


Nero Tragoedia Nova Matthaeo Gwinne Med. Doct. Collegii Divi Praecursoris apud Oxonienses Socio collecta è Tacito, Suetonio, Dione, Seneca…. 1603. There was another issue, with a different dedication, later in the year, and a third in 1639. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 268–271.
Vertumnus sive Annus Recurrens Oxonii XXIX Augusti, Anno, 1605. Coram Jacobo Rege, Henrico Principe, Proceribus. A Joannensibus in Scena recitatus ab uno scriptus, Phrasi Comica propè Tragicis Senariis. 1607.

(Appended to the play are the Latin hexameters greeting James as a descendant of Banquo, recited in front of St. John’s college by three youths attired as Nymphs. As the verses are signed M. G., they are evidently from Gwynne’s pen.)


Loiola. Scena est Amsterodami: à vesperâ ad vesperam peraguntur omnia. 1648.

MSS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 17. 9, “authore d[char] Hackett,” and R. 17. 10 (imperfect); Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 26709 (without title, and imperfect).


The Rival Friends. A Comoedie, As it was Acted before the King and Queens Majesties, when out of their princely favour they were pleased to visite their Universitie of Cambridge, upon the 19. day of March. 1631. Cryed downe by Boyes, Faction, Envie, and confident Ignorance, approv'd by the judicious, and now exposed to the publique censure, by the Authour, Pet. Hausted M[char] in Artes of Queenes Colledge. 1632.
Senile Odium. Comoedia Cantabrigiae publicè Academicis recitata in Collegio Reginali ab ejusdem Collegii juventate. Lusimus innocui…. 1633.


Labyrinthus. Comoedia, habita A.D. 1622, coram Sereniss. Rege Jacobo, in Academia Cantabrigiensi. 1636.

MSS. in Univ. Lib. Cam., Ee. v. 16 (which contains, after the Prologue the statement “Authore Mro. Haukesworth Trinitatis Collegii quondam socio”); Trin.coll.Cam.,R.3.6, with statement, “Authore M[char] Hauksworth”; St. John’s coll. Cam., J. 8; Lambeth, 838; Bodleian, Douce 43 and 315; Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 9.

Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 309–313; source: G. B. della Porta’s La Cintia.

Leander. MSS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 9, “Authore M[char] Haukesworth, Collegii Trinitatis olim Socio Acta est secundo A.D. 1602. comitiis Baccalureorum … primo acta est. A.D. 1598”; gives the texts and casts at both performances; Brit. Mus., Sloane 1762, which also gives the two texts and casts; St. John’s coll. Cam., J. 8; Emmanuel coll. Cam., 1. 2. 30; Bodleian, Rawlinson Miscell. 341; Univ. Lib. Cam., Ee. v. 16; Lambeth, 838 (imperfect.).
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 305–8; source: G. B. della Porta’s La Fantesca.


A true and faithful relation of the risinge and fall of Thomas Tucker, Prince of Alba Fortunata, Lord St. Johns & c, with all the occurrents which happened throughout his whole domination. MS. in library of St. John’s College, Oxford [1607–8].

See account in the text of this document, which includes the following plays of unknown authorship:

Ara Fortunae; Saturnalia; Philomela; Time’s Complaint; The Seven Dayes of the Weeke; Philomathes; Ira seu Tumulus Fortunae; Periander.

The narrative part of the MS., and the play, The Seven Dayes of the Weeke, are printed in Miscellanea Antiqua Anglicana, vol. 1, 7 (1816), under the title, The Christmas Prince, As it was exhibited in the University of Oxford, in the year 1607.

Schelling, F. E. The Queen’s Progress, and other Elizabethan Sketches. 1904.


[char]: Or the Marriages of the Arts. A Comedie. Written by Barten Holyday, Master of Arts, and Student of Christ-Church in Oxford, and acted by the Students of the same House before the Universitie, at Shrovetide. 1618. Another ed. in 1630.

Nichols, J. Progresses of James I. Vol. IV, pp. 1109/12.


Valetudinarium. MSS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., 1. 2. 32, “Comoedia acta coram Academicis Febr. 6° 1637. Authore M[char] Guill. Johnson Coll. Regin. Soc.”; Univ. Lib. Cam. Dd. III. 73; St. John’s coll. Cam., S. 59 (imperfect.)


Tragoedia nova, Pammachius, autore Thoma Naogeorgo Straubingensi. Cum Praefatione luculenta. 1538.

Cooper, C. H. Annals of Cambridge. Vol. I, pp. 422–7. [Contains the correspondence between Gardiner and Matthew Parker relative to the performance of the play at Christ’s college, Cambridge.]


Richardus Tertius. MSS. in Univ. Lib. Cam., Mm. IV. 40, dated Comitiis Bacchalaureorum A. D. 1579/80; Caius coll. Cam., 62 (formerly 125), where it is described as tragoedia trium vesperum, Habita in Collegio Divi Johannis Evangelistae, Comitiis Bacchalaureorum Anno 1573 (a mistake for 1579); Emmanuel coll. Cam., 1. 3. 19, with list of actors, confirming the date 1579/80; Clare coll. Cam., Kk. 3. 12, dated “comitiis Bacchal. 1579”; Bodleian, Tanner 306 (first “actio” only) with note “Acted in St. John’s Hall before the Earle of Essex 17 March, 1582” (date probably mistaken); Brit. Mus., Harl. 2412 and 6926.

Printed in Shakesp. Soc. Publ., 1844, and in Hazlitt-Collier, Shakespeare’s Library, II, 1, 1875.

Churchill, G. B. Richard III bis Shakespeare. 1897. Enlarged in Palaestra, vol. X, 1900.

Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2.

Jahrbuch, XXXIV, p. 258.


(See bibliography to Chap. IX, ante.)


The Combat of Love and Friendship, a Comedy, As it hath formerly been presented by the Gentlemen of Ch. Ch., in Oxford. By Robert Mead sometimes of the same Colledge. 1654.


Adrastus parentans sive vindicta. Tragoedia. Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 10417. Source: Herodotus, bk. 1. ch. 35. Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. In Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2.


Pseudomagia. MSS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., 1. 3. 16, “Authore M[char] Mewe Cant. Col. Eman.”; Trin. coll. Cam., R. 17. 10.


The Warde, a tragicomedy…. 16 Sept. 1637. MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. 79. (This MS. contains a number of works written by Neale between 1637 and 1644.)


Atalanta. MS. in Brit. Mus. Harl. 6924. (Contains dedication in Latin elegiacs to Laud, as President of St. John’s coll., Oxford, signed by the author.)


Aristippus; or, the Joviall Philosopher: Demonstrativelie prooving, that Quartes, and Pottles, Are sometimes necessary Authours in a Scholers Library. Presented in a private Shew. To which is added, The Conceited Pedler. 1630. Another ed. in same year, and in 1631 and 1635. An undated ed. also published in Dublin.
The Jealous Lovers. A Comedie presented to their gracius Majesties at Cambridge, by the Students of Trinity-Colledge. Written by Thomas Randolph, Master of Arts, and Fellow of the House. Cambridge. 1632. Later eds. in 1634 and 1640.
Poems with the Muses Looking-Glasse: and Amyntas. By Thomas Randolph Master of Arts, and late Fellow of Trinity Colledge in Cambridge. 4to. 1638.

This volume was edited by Randolph, Robert, the poet’s brother. The 2nd ed., enlarged, 12mo., 1640, includes the 1640 edition of The Jealous Lovers. Aristippus, to which the Pedler is added, does not appear till the 4th ed. The 5th ed. was reached by 1664.

The Muse’s Looking Glass was reprinted in the earlier three eds. of Dodsley, in vols. VI, IX, IX, respectively; and in Ancient B. D. vol. II.

For a full discussion of Amyntas see Greg’s Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama, 1906.

Poetical and Dramatic Works. Collected and edited by Hazlitt, W. C. 2 vols. 1875.

For an essay on Randolph see the Retrospective Review, vol. VI. Kottas, K. Thomas Randolph, sein Leben und seine Werke. Wiener Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie. 1909.


Byrsa Basilica seu Regale Excambium ´ Sereniss. Reginâ in personâ suâ sic insignitum; Anno Dom: 1570. Mense Januar: 23[char] die, Monumentum Mercuriale D.D. Thomae Greshami Militis et Negotiatoris Regii; qui suis solius sumptibus e solo erexit, dicavitque tam Mercatori quam Mercurio. MS. in Bodleian, Tanner 207. (The name of the author is one the last leaf.) Sunopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 281–5.


Cornelianum Dolium. Comoedia lepidissima optimorum judiciis approbata, et theatrali coryphaeo, nec immerito, donata, palma chorali apprime digna Auctore T. R. 1638.

Assigned by Hazlitt, C. W., to Thomas Riley of Trinity college, Cambridge; possible by Thomas Randolph.

Source: Boccaccio, G.: Decameron, 2nd Story of Seventh Day. The European Magazine, vol. XXXVII, pp. 343–-4 and 439.


Ignormus. Comoedia coram Regia Magistate Jacobi Regis Angliae & Londoni. Impensis J. S. 1630.
—— … Secunda editio auctior & emendatior. Una cum Argumentis unicuique Scenae praepositis, ut melius totius fabulae scopus, qui aliter obscurior est, intelligatur…. Sumptibus G. E. & J. S. 1630.
—— Comoedia coram Rege Jacobo et Totius Angliae Magnatibus per Academicos Cantabrigienses habita. Editio Tertia, locis sexcentis emendatior. Cum Eorum supplemento quae, causidicorum municipalium reverentia, hactenus desiderabantur. Autore M[char] Ruggle, Aulae Clarensis A. M. Later eds. in 1659, 1668, 1707, 1731, 1736 (at Dublin), 1737. MSS. in Bodleian, Tanner 306; Brit. Mus., Harl. 6869 (imperfect), and 7042, f. 245 (cast only); and reference to MS., “possibly Mr. Ruggle’s copy” formerly at Clare Hall.
—— …. Nunc denuo in lucem edita cum notis historicis et criticis, quibus insuper praeponitur vita auctoris et subjicitur glossarum vocabula forensia dilucide exponens accurate. Johanne Sidneio Hawkins Arm. 1787.
—— Abbreviatus. Comedia in schola Mercatorum Scissorum Habita, Anno MDCCLXIII. English versions:
Ignoramus: A Comedy As it was several times Acted with extraordinary Applause, before the Magisty of King James With a Supplement which (out of respect to the Students of the Common Law) was hitherto wanting. Written in Latine by R. Ruggles sometimes Master of Arts in Clare Collede in Cambridge. And Translated into English by R. C[odrington] sometimes Master of Arts in Magdalen Colledge in Oxford. 162.
The English Lawyer, a Comedy, acted at the Royal Theatre; written by Edward Ravenscroft, Gent. 1678.
An English Prologue and Epilogue to the Latin Comedy of Ignoramus. With a Preface and Notes Relative to Modern Times and Manners. By George Dyer, Late of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. 1797. (Written for the performance of the play at Westminster school in 1794.) Della Porta, G. B. La Trappolaria. 1596. Cowell, John. The Interpreter. 1607. Mullinger, J. B. The University of Cambridge, vol. II, pp. 529–540. [contains an analysis of the plot of the play.]


Masquerade du Ciel. Presented to the great Queen of the litle world: a Celestial Map of the heavenly bodies the years 1639, 1640 by J. S. of Emmanuel college, Cambridge.


Tomumbeius sive Sultanici in Aegypto Inperii Eversio. Tragoedia nova auctore Georgio Salterno bristoënsi. Bodleian MSS., Rawlinson Poet. 75. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 247–9.


Fratrum Concordia Saeva seu Zeno. Rome, 1648.
Leo Armenus sive Impietas Punita. (Included with Zeno in Simonis, J., Tragoediae quinque quarum duae prostremae nunc primum lucem vident, Liége, 1657.) Later eds. in 1680 and 1697. MSS. of both plays in Univ. Lib. Cam., Ii. VI. 35, and of Zeno in Brit. Mus., Harl. 5024. [Simeon, 1594–1671, was Provincial of the Jesuits, and lived chiefly in Rome and Liége. Seno, according to the Retrospective Review, vol. XII, 5, was acted at Cambridge in 1631.]
Ludit in Humanis Divina Potentia Rebus sive Leo Armenus: Tragoedia. MS. in Univ. Lib. Cam., Ii. VI. 35.


Thibldus sive Vindictae Ingenium Tragoedia. Oxoniae. Anno Dom. 1640. Reissued later as Pharamus sive Libido Vindex. Hispanica tragoedia. Londinim 1650. Bolte, J. Die Oxforder Tragödie Thibaldus. Shakesp. Jahrb. vol. XXVII, pp. 228–9. Madan, F. The Early Oxford Press. p. 223. 1895. Wood, Anthony ´ Athenae Oxonienses. Ed. Bliss, P. Vol. III, p. 275.


Confessor. MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. 77.

(Thomas Sprrowe, who dedicates the play to an unnamed Bishop, matriculate as a pensioner of St. John’s college, Cambridge, on 22 March 1629/30 and graduated B.A. in 1632/3. See Smith, G. C. Moore, Notes on some English University Plays in Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, p. 155.)


On the attribution of Gammer Gurtons Nedle to Stevenson see text.)

A Ryght Pithy, Pleasaunt an[d] merie Comedie: Intytuled Gammer gurtons Nedle: Played on Stage, not longe ago in Christes Colledge in Cambridge. Made by Mr. S. Mr. of Art. Thomas Colwell. 1575.

Facsimile in Tudor Facsimile Texts (1909>. Rptd. by Johnson, T., in 1661, with imprint “Played on the stage near a hundred years ago in Christ-Colledge in Cambridge”; in Origin of E. D. vol. I; Dodsley (1744), vol. I (mod.s); in Reed’s Dodsley, vol. II, in Collier’s Dodsley, vol. II, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. III, in Ancient B. D. vol. I (mod.s.); in Old E. D., vol. I (mod.s.); in Manly’s Specimens, vol. II; and ed. Bradley, H., in Gayley’s R. E. C.

Biographia Dramatica. Vol. II, p. 257. [Attributes the play to John Still.]
Bradley, H. The Authorship of Gammer Gurton’s Needle. The Athenaeum, 6 Aug. 1898.
Chambers. Vol. II, p. 457.
Martin Marprelate Tracts: (1) The Epistle, (2) The Epitome. 1588. See bibliography to Vol. III, Chap XVII. (The author of these two Tracts speaks of John Bridges, dean of Salisbury, as the reputed author of the play.)
Ross, C. H. Mod. Lang. Notes, vol. VII, no. 6, 1892, and Anglia, vol. XIX, 1896. [Supports the attribution of the play to Bridges.]


The Floating Island: A Tragi-Comedy, Acted before his Majesty at Oxford, Aug. 29. 1636. By the Students of Christ-Church. Written by William Strode, late Orator of the University of Oxford, the Aires and Songs set by M[char] Henry Lawes, servant to his late Majesty in his publick and private Musick. 1655.
Rptd. in The Poetical Works of William Strode, ed. Dobell, Bertram, 1907.


Fraus Honesta. Comoedia Cantabrigiae olim acta, authore Magistro Stubbe, Collegii Trinitatis Socio. 1632.

MS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 17. 10, “Acta erat haec Comedia decimo die Febr. A.D. 1618”; also R. 17. 9.

MS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., III. I. 17, with cast of the play, and note, apparently in a different hand, “Scaena est Florentiae decimo die Februarii, 1616.”

Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2.


Albumazar. A Comedy presented before the Kings Majestie at Cambridge, the ninth of March, 1614. By the Gentlemen of Trinitie Colledge. 1615. Another ed. in the same year, with same title-page. Two eds. in 1634 “Newly revised and corrected by a speciall Hand.”
—— A Comedy, As it is now Acted at His Highness the Duke of Yorks Theatre. 1668. [Contains a prologue by Dryden, who erroneously states that the play was the source of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.] Source: Della Porta, G. B. L'Astrologo. 1606.

Rptd. in Ancient B. D. vol. II (mod.s.), and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XI (mod.s.).

Albumazar, a Comedy. Notes and Queries, Ser. III, vol. IX, pp. 178–9, 259–260, 302, and vol. XII, p. 270.
Lingua: Or the Combat of the Tongue, and the five Senses. For Superiority. A pleasant Comoedie. 1607.
Later eds. in 1617, 1622, 1632, 1657 and n.d. Rptd. in Reed’s Dodsley, vol. V, in Collier’s Dodsley, vol. V, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. IX (mod.s.). Boas, F.S. Macbeth and Lingua. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. IV, no. 4. 1909.
Fleay, F.G. Shakespeariana. March, 1885.
Furnivall, F.J. Sir John Harington’s Shakespeare Quartos. Notes and Queries, Ser. 7, vol. IX, pp. 382–3. (Gives an account of a list of volumes and single copies of plays belonging to Harington from Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 27632. On f. 30 Harington mentions “The combat of Lingua made by Thom. Tomkis of Trinity Colledge in Cambridge.” See also same series, vol. X, pp. 112–113.)
Lingua. Retrospective Review, vol. II, pp. 270 ff.
Smith, G.C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, pp. 146–9.


Ezechias (performed before Elizabeth in the chapel of King’s college, Cambridge, August 3. 1564).

Not preserved, but described by Abraham Hartwell in Regina Literata. (For Udall’s other plays see bibliography to Vol. V, Chap. V.)


The tragedye of Antipoe. MS. in Bodleian, 31041. Dedicated to King James I by “Yo[char] graces most affectiona[char] servant to command Francis Verney.” Smith, G.C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, p. 151.


Paria. Acta coram sereniss. Rege Carolo: Authore Tho. Vincent, Trin. Colleg. Socio. 1648.
MS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., I. 3. 16, “Acta coram sereniss. Rege Carolo. Mar. 3. 1627. Ab hora undecima ad quintam.”
Odinga, T. Thomas Vincent’s Paria. Engl. Stud. vol. XVI, pp. 435–440. 1892. Prints Vincent’s prefatory English abstract of the plot of this Latin play.


Fucus Histriomastix. MSS. in Lambeth Palace, 838, and Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. 21.

Printed, 1909, ed. Smith, G.C. Moore, “probably written by Robert Ward and acted at Queens’ college, Cambridge, in Lent 1623.” On the performance before James I at Newmarket see verses by Molle, H., printed by the same editor in the Cambridge Review, 5 May 1910.


[Absalom]. Brit. Mus. Stowe MSS., 957.
The MS. does not contain the title or the author’s name, but the play is probably the Absalom of Thomas Watson eulogised by Roger Ascham in The Scholemaster.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 230–2.


Machiavellus. MS. in Bodleian, Douce 234. (Imperfect; dated Anno Dmni. 1597. Decemb.9.)

The attribution of the authorship to Wibourne, fellow of St. John’s college, Cambridge, is in Douce’s handwriting.

Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 300–2.


Eumorphus sive Cupido Adultus. Comoedia. Acta A Joañensibus Oxoñ Feb. 5[char] 1634. Authore Georgio Wilde ejusd[char] Coll. Soc. et LL. Bacc. Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 14047.
Loves Hospitall. As it was acted before the Kinge & Queens Majestyes by the Students of S[char] Jo. Baptists Coll˜ in Oxoñ: Augustii 29[char] 1636. Authore Georgio Wilde LL: Bac. Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 14047.
The Converted Robber. A Pastorall Acted by S[char] Johns College. 1637. Also in Brit. Mus. Add. MSS., 14047, and probably by Wilde, though it does not contain his name.


Pedantius. Comoedia, Olim Cantabrig. Acta in Coll. Trin. Nunquàm antehàc Typis evulgata. 1631.

MS. in Caius coll. Cam., 62, with the title “Paedantius comoedia acta in Collegio Sanctae et individuae Trinitatis authore M[char] Forcet”; also in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 17 (9), apparently a copy of the Caius MS.

—— A Latin Comedy formerly acted in Trinity College, Cambridge. Ed. Smith, G.C. Moore. 1905. Bang’s Materialien, vol. VIII. [The text is based on the edition of 1631, the variants in the Caius MS. being given in the textual notes.]
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 279–281, preceded by critical remarks, including the theory that Holofernes was derived from Pedantius.
Harington, Sir John. Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse. 1591. (Contains incidental references to the play.)
Harvey, Gabriel. Rhetor. 1577.
——Smithus; vel Musurum Lachrymae. 1578.
——Xaîpe vel Gratulationes Valdenses. 1578.
——Three Proper and Wittie familiar letters. 1580. (Phrases from these works are introduced into the play.)
Nashe, Thomas. Have with you to Saffron Walden. 1596.
—Strange Newes. 1593. Here Nashe speaks of “M. Winkfield’s [i.e. Anthony Wingfield’s] Comoedie of Pedantius in Trinity College.”
Smith, G.C. Moore. Introduction to edition of the play (ante). Inclines to attribute authorship of the work, in the main, to Edward Forsett. Identifies Pedantius with Gabriel Harvey.
In a review of this edition, Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. I, no. 3, pp. 235–8, Boas, F.S., supports Wingfield’s claim.
Smith, G.C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, p. 142. Supplementary notes on Pedantius.


Synedrium, id est, Consessus animalium videlicet collectio mor[a]e comoediae aut pocius tragoediae descriptive. (In Latin prose. Imperfect.)
Synedrii idest consessus animalium incripta tragoedia. A.D. 1553. Mense Novembris 14 die…. Finis. 27 die. Febr. 1554. Per me Radulphum Worselaeum. (In Latin verse.)
MS. in Trin. coll. Cam., O. 3. 25.


[char]-IIONO--MAXIA. A Latin Comedy dedicated to Buckeridge, J., President of St. John’s coll. Oxon. MS. in Bodleian, 30.


The Sophister. A Comedy. 1639.
Fallacy or The Troubles of great Hermenia. Aug: 13: 1631. R.Z. Brit. Mus. Harl. MSS., 6869.



The tragedy of Amurath, 3rd tyrant of the Turkes, as it was publickly presented to the University of Oxford by the Students of Christchurch, Mathew’s day, 1618. (Historical MSS. Comm. Rep. vol. I, p. 49.)

Andronicus Commenus

Andronicus Commenus. MS. in Brit. Mus., Sloane 1767. A Latin tragedy. Jahrbuch, XXXIV, p. 256.

Antoninus Bassianus Caracalla

Antoninus Bassianus Caracalla. MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson C, 590. A Latin tragedy.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 265–7.

Band, Cuffe and Ruffe

A Merrie Dialogue, Betweene Band, Cuffe, and Ruffe: Done by an excellent Wit, And Lately acted in a shew in the famous Universitie of Cambridge. London. 1615.
Exchange Ware at the Second hand, viz. Band, Ruffe and Cuffe, lately out and now newly dearned up. Or A dialogue, acted in a shew in the famous Universitie of Cambridge. The second edition. 1615. Adds an introductory dialogue.
A 3rd ed. appeared in 1661, with the same title as the 1st ed., and without the introductory dialogue.
MS. in Brit. Mus., Add. 23723, also lacks this introduction.
Rptd. in Harleian Miscell. vol. X, pp. 204–9, ed. Park, T., 1813 (mod.s.); contain a Prologue taken from a MS. copy “which is said to have been acted at Oxford, Feb. 24, 1646.” Also rptd. in Miscell. Antiqua Anglicana, vol. II, ed. Hindley, C.; and in Contributions to Early English Literature, ed. Halliwell-Phillipps, J.O., 1849.

Bellum Grammaticale

Bellum Grammaticale, sive Nominum Verborumque discordia civilis TragicoComoedia. Summo cum applausu olim apud Oxonienses in Scaenam producta & nunc in omnium illorum qui ad Gra[char]aticam animos appellant oblectamentum edita. Londini. Excudebant B.A. & T.F. Impensis Joh: Spenceri, 1635 (ascribed by Dr. R. Gardiner to Leonard Hutten of Christ Church, but Anthony à Wood contradicts this. Ath. Ox. vol. II, p. 533).
—— …Tragico-Comoedia…producta, olim, apud Oxonienses, coram Serenissima Elizabetha Anglorum Regina, iterum in Schola Pelliorum, apud Tunbrigienses, 1718… Editio haec altera est multo emendatior, cura Richardi Spenceri Scholae Tunbrigiensis Magistri. 1726. Another issue in 1729.
—— ad exemplar M[char] Alexandri Humii… editum Edinburgi, excud. Gideon Lithgo, Anno Dom. 1658. Another issue by Mosman, George, in 1698.

(As to an edition of the play by Irvine, Christopher, from a MS. of Hume, Alexander, a Scotsman resident for some time in Oxford, see Aldis, H.G., A List of Books printed in Scotland 1700, p. 98; and under Bolte, J., post.

Rptd. from the edition of 1635 in Andrea Guarnas Bellum Grammaticale und seine Nachamungen, pp. 106–147, ed. Bolte, J., 1908. (Monumenta Germaniae Pedagogica, vol. XLIII.)
Bolte also reprints, pp. 148–9, the prologue and epilogue to the play, written by Gager, William, for its performance before Elizabeth in September 1592, and printed as an appendix to his Meleager.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 273–5, preceded by critical remarks.
Source: Grammaticale Bellum Nominis et Verbi Regum: de principalitate orationis inter se contendentium: nuper editum a Rever. d. Andrea Salernitano Patricio Cremon. 1511. 103 editions appeared in various countries between 1511 and 1739.
Rptd. by Bolte (op.cit.), with a parallel text of a revised edition by Spangenberg, J., pp. 3–55. This edition includes the texts of a number of adaptations of the work, and has an elaborate introduction and bibliography.

Translations and other adaptations of Guarna’s work in England

Bale, John: Scriptorum illustrium…. Catalogus. I, 700, mentions that R. Radcliff “scripsit de Nominis ac Verbi, potentissimorum regum in regno Grammatico, calamitosa & exitiali pugna, Lib. 2.”
Hayward, W. Bellum Grammaticale. A discourse of great war and dissention betweene two worthy Princes, the Noune and the Verbe, contending for the chefe place or dignitie in Oration. Very pleasant & profitable. Turned into english by W.H. 1569.
Later eds. in 1576 and 1635. Rptd. in Lord Somers’ Tracts, vol. I, pp. 1–29, 1750, and in the 2nd ed. of the Tracts, vol. I, pp. 523–554, 1809.
Hoadley, S. (?). The Warr of Grammar a Tragick-Comedy Acted by the Scholars of Cranebrook School more than once not without Applause. In which the whole vulgar Grammar with something of the Authors own, is festiveously handled. MS. in Brit. Mus., Add. 22725. On leaf 3[char] “Basileia seu Bellum Grammaticale Tragico-Comoedia. Sub ferias Nativitatis acta, à Generosis Scholae Craneburgensis alumnis. An. 1666.” On the first leaf “Samuel Hoadley His Book 1667.” As Hoadley was an assistant master at Cranbrook at the time, and an author of grammatical works, he was probably the author of the play, which is an adaptation of the Oxford play rather than of Guarna’s original work. (See Bolte’s introduction, pp. 41–43.)
Turner, W. (?). Bellum Grammaticale: sive de Bello Nominum & Verborum Febula… à G.T. Scholae Stamfordiensis Magistro; Ibidemque recitata Dec. A.D. MDCCXVII. In usum scholarum. Londini… MDCCXVIII. (See Nichols’ Literary Anecdotes, vol. VIII, p. 369.)
Morgan, Louise B. Some Academic Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. V, no. 2, pp. 199–200.

Caesar and Pompey

The Tragedie of Caesar and Pompey. Or Caesars Revenge. Privately acted by the Students of Trinity Colledge in Oxford. 1607.

There is another ed. without date or mention of place of performance.

Callidamus et Callanthia

[Calidamus et Callanthia]. MS. in Brit. Mus., Harl. 2296. A Latin Comedy without title, but otherwise perfect.


Cancer: Comoedia (in same volume as Loiola, Stotcus Vapulans and Paria). 1648.

Club Law

[Club Law.] MS. in St. John’s coll. Cam., S. 62 (imperfect).
Club Law A Comedy Acted in Clare Hall, Cambridge, about 1599–1600. Now printed for the first time. Ed. Smith, G.C. Moore. 1907.
Greg, W.W. Review of Moore Smith’s edition. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. IV, no. 2, pp. 268–9.
Fuller, T. History of the University of Cambridge. pp. 31–33. 1655.


Clytophon. MS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., III, I. 17.
A Latin Comedy. At end of MS., “Guli. Bretonus possessor, Gul. Ainseworthus Scriptor.” Ainseworth was probably the scribe, not the author. See Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 317–318.

Exchange Ware

(See under Band, Cuffe and Ruffe.)

Fatum Vortigerni

Fatum Vortigerni Seu miserabilis vita et exitus Vortigerni regis Britanniae una complectens adventum Saxonum sive Anglorum in Britanniam. MS. in Brit. Mus., Lansdowne 723.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 260–4, preceded by critical remarks.


(See under Susenbrotus.)

Fraus Pia

Fraus Pia. MS. in Brit. Mus., Sloane 1855. A Latin comedy. Smith, G.C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, pp. 155–6.

Grobiana’s Nuptialls

Grobiana’s Nuptialls. MS. in Bodleian, 30. Acted at St. John’s coll. Oxon.


Hispanus. MS. in Bodleian, Douce 234. “Summus histriodidascalus Mr. Pratt. In diem comitialem anno dni 1596.” From cast appears to have been acted at St. John’s coll. Cambridge. Pratt may be the author, or [M]orrell, whose name, mutilated, is at bottom of first page.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 298–300.


[Hymenaeus.] MSS. in Caius coll. Cam., 62, and St. John’s coll. Cam., S. 45. Both perfect, but without title. From cast it appears to have been acted at St. John’s, March 1578/9.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 289–291, preceded by critical remarks.
Hymenaeus. A Comedy acted at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Now first printed. Ed. Smith, G.C. Moore. 1908.
Source: Boccaccio, G.: Decameron, 10th Story of Fourth Day.

Jovis et Junonis nuptiae

[Jovis et Junonis nuptiae.] MS. in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 10.4, perfect, but without title. A Latin mythological play.


Laelia. MS. in Lambeth Palace, 838.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 292–4. See also pp. 286–7.
Ed. by Smith, G.C. Moore. Cambridge, 1910.
Source: G1' Ingannati (contained in the volume entitled Comedia del Sacrificio degli Intronati. 1537).
Estienne, C. Les Abusez, Comedie faite à la mode des anciens Comiques, premièrement composèe en langue Tuscane… & nommèe Intronati, depuys traduite en Fran¸ys par Charles Estienne. 1549.
Furness, H.H. Twelfth Night (The Variorum Shakespeare). 1901. (Contains, pp. 341–359, a translation of the chief scenes in G1' Ingannati, and pp. 359–361, an English version of the synopsis of Laelia in the Jahrbuch.)

Mercurius Rusticans

Mercurius Rusticans, comoedia, cujus scena est Hinxey. MS. in Bodleian, Wood D, 18.


A Twelfe Nights merriment, anno 1602. MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. 212. Narcissus A Twelve Night Merriment played by youths of the parish at the College of S. John the Baptist in Oxford, A.D. 1602. Ed. Lee, Margaret L., with introduction, appendices, and notes.
Collister, C. H. Narcissus plays distinguished. Modern Language Notes, vol. XX. Baltimore, 1905.


Nottola. MS. in Bodleian, Douce 47. A Latin comedy.

The Parnassus Trilogy

[The Pilgrimage to Parnassus.] MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson D, 398, No. 72.
[The Return from Parnassus, Part I.] MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson D, 398, No. 72.
The Return from Pernassus: Or The Scourge of Simony. Publiquely acted by the Students in Saint Johns College in Cambridge. At London Printed by G. Eld, for John Wright, and are to bee sold at his shop at Christ church Gate. 1606.

There is another edition with a similar title-page, but with a number of variant readings; also a MS. of the play in the Halliwell-Phillips collection, with other variants.

The Trilogy is printed as The Pilgrimage to Parnassus with the two parts of the Return from Parnassus. Three comedies performed in St. John’s College, Cambridge, A.D. MDXCVII-MDC, ed. from MSS. by Macray, W. D., 1886.
The Returne, Part II, is rptd. in Origin of E. D. vol. III; Ancient B. D. vol.
I. (mod.s.), Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. IX (mod.s.); the English Scholar’s Library, no. 6, ed. Arber, E., 1880; the Temple Dramatists, ed. Smeaton, O., 1905 (mod.s.).
Bullen, A. H. The Works of John Day. Introduction, pp. 31 ff.
Corney, B. The Return from Parnassus: Its authorship. Notes and Queries, Ser. III, vol. IX, p. 387. (In favour of John Day’s authorship.) Fleay’s English Drama. Vol. II, pp. 347–355.
Hales, J. W. Review of Macray’s edition of the Trilogy. The Academy, 19 March 1887.
—— Three Elizabethan Comedies. Macmillan’s Magazine, May 1887.
Macray, W. D. Preface to edition named above.
Mullinger, J. B. The University of Cambridge. Vol. I, pp. 522–6.
Sarrazin, G. Thomas Kyd und sein Kreis. pp. 77–92. 1892. (Suggests, inter alia, the identification of Studioso in the Trilogy with Kyd; but see the Works of Thomas Kyd, ed. Boas, F. S., introduction, pp. XCII–XCIV.)
Smeaton, O. Introduction and notes to edition named above.
Ward. Vol. II, pp. 633–642 (including communication from Gollancz, I., in favour of Day’s authorship).


Parthenia. Comoedia pastoralis. MS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., 1, 3. 16. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 320–2. Source: Groto, L. II Pentimento Amoroso. Venice, 1576.

Paster Fidus

Pastor Fidus. MSS. in Univ. Lib. Cam., Ff. II. 9, and Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 37. The Cambridge Univ. MS. has a note “Il pastor fido, di signor Guarini… recitata in Collegio Regali Cantabrigiae.” It has a prologue in the form of a dialogue between Prologus and Argumentum. The Trinity MS. adds after the title “Tragicomoedia Pastoritia.” It has the prologue, slightly adapted, of the second version of Leander. Below the title, in red ink, is Guliel. Quarles.
Synopsis of the Prologue in the Cam. Univ. MS. in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, p. 319.
Source: Guarini, G.-B. Il Pastor fido, tragi-comedia pastorale. Venice, 1590.
Greg, W. W. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama. pp. 194–210 and 242–7, and 252 (note).


Pathomachia: or the Battell of Affections. Shadowed by a faigned Siedge of the Citie Pathopolis. Written some yeeres since, and now first published by a Friend of the deceased Author. 1630. (Has the running title “Love’s Loode-Stone.”)
II[char] Or loves loadstone. MS. in Brit. Mus., Harl. 6869, and in Bodleian, Eng. Misc. e. 5 (imperfect). Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, pp. 149–150.

Perfidus Hetruscus

Perfidus Hetruscus. MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson C, 787. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 250–2.

Psyche et Filii ejus

Psyche et Filii ejus.] MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. 171. A Latin allegorical play. Smith, G. C. Moore. Notes on some English University Plays. Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, pp. 143–6.

Romeus et Julietta

Romeus et Julietta. MS. in Brit. Mus., Sloane 1775, pp. 242–9 and 251–2 (imperfect). Fuller, H. de W. Romeo and Juliette. Mod. Philology, vol. IV, no. I, Appendix 2. (Contains a synopsis of the fragment and discusses its provenance.)

Sapientia Salomonis

Sapientia Salomonis: Drama Comicotragicum. MS. in Brit. Mus., Add. 20061. Synopsis, with prefatory critical remarks, in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 224–9; also p. 323. Source: Xystus Betuleius: Drama comico-tragicum: Sapientia Salomonis. 1555.


Silvanus. MS. in Bodleian, Douce 234. A Latin comedy. “Acta haec fabula 13[char] Januarii an. dmi. 1596.” The cast shows the performance was at St. John’s, Cambridge. F. Rollinson, who played the title-part, may have been the author.
Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 257–7.


Solymannidae. Tragoedia. MS. in Brit. Mus., Lansdowne 723. After dramatis personae is added: Solym[char]nidae } 1581 Martii 5[char]. Lugubris exitus Mustaphae & G[angeri]} 1581 Martii 5[char]. Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 245–6.

Stoicus Vapulans

Stoicus Vapulans. Olim Cantabrigiae actus in Collegio S. Johannis Evangelistae Ab ejusdem Collegii Juventute. 1648.
An allegorical comedy acted at St. John’s coll. Cambridge, at Christmastide, 1618. See College Life in the time of James the First, as illustrated by an unpublished Diary of Sir Symonds D'Ewes, pp. 61–2, 1851.


Susenbrotus Comoedia. Acta Cantabrigiae in Collegio Trin. coram rege Jacobo & Carolo principe. anno 1615. MS. in Bodleian, Rawlinson Poet. 195, f. 79.
Another MS. of the play with the title Fortunia, from the name of the heroine, is in the possession of the earl of Ellesmere.


Timon. MS. 52 in Dyce collection.
—— A Play. Now first printed. Ed. Dyce, A. Shakesp. Soc. 1842.

Wily Beguiled

A Pleasant Comedie, Called Wily Beguilde. The Chiefe Actors be these: A poore Scholler, a rich Foole, and a Knave at a shifte. 1606.
Later eds. in 1623, 1630, 1635; there is also an ed. of unknown date, with a torn title-page, in the Brit. Mus.
Rptd. in Origin of E. D. vol III, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. IX (mod.s.).
Boas, F. S. The Works of Thomas Kyd. Introduction, pp. XCIV–XCV 1901.
Sarrazin, G. Thomas Kyd und sein Kreis. pp. 75–77. (Both the above discuss Kyd’s influence on the play.)

Worke for Cutlers

Worke for Cutlers. Or, A Merry Dialogue Betweene Sword, Rapier, and Dagger. Acted in a Shew in the famous Universitie of Cambridge. 1615. Rptd. in Harleian Miscell. vol. X, pp. 200–3, ed. Park, T., 1813 (mod.s.); Miscell. Antiqua Anglicana, vol. II, ed. Hindley, C., 1872; ed. Sieveking, A. F., with historical Prologue and glossarial epilogue, 1904. (Sieveking argues in favour of the authorship of Thomas Heywood.)


Zelotypus. MSS. in Emmanuel coll. Cam., III. I. 17, and in Trin. coll. Cam., R. 3. 9. From the cast given in both MSS. it appears to have been acted at St. John’s coll. Cambridge, in 1605/6. (See Smith, G. C. Moore, Notes on some English University Plays in Mod. Lang. Rev. vol. III, no. 2, p. 151.) Synopsis in Jahrbuch, XXXIV, pp. 313–317.

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