As You Like It made more agreeable “a great reckoning in a little room” is not omitted.

Touchstone reminds us that when Marlowe’s verses cannot be understood for political reasons “a great reckoning in a little room” is not understood because omitted to the “gentle aire” of the “liking” of Sir Thomas Walsingham, knighted 1597, i.e., “When a man’s verses cannot be understood, nor a man’s good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.”

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I am involved in the question of why Shakespeare in AYLI cites Marlowe. At some point the question becomes what is Marlowe's "Hero and Leander"? I suggest Marlowe's "Hero and Leander" is what Shakespeare is talking about in the following verses taken from Sonnet 80: O, how I faint when I of you do write, Knowing a better spirit doth use your name, And in the praise thereof spends all his might, To make me tongue-tied, speaking of your fame!

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