Note to Bama

Have a nice day! Something I use to write a lot. But now I think of the sun god Apollo in Shakespeare’s sonnet 80 being bathed with shafts of super natural golden light by reason of an artist’s best painter’s art. I imagine this is the same Apollo who comes to the mind of “Hero the fair whom a young Apollo courted for her hair and off ‘red as a dower his burning throne where she should sit for men to gaze upon”. But now neither Hero nor Apollo are  young.  Now Hero has taken into her bed a new young naïve Leander who looks like Shakespeare’s patron. She has taken him a day or two maybe three days after the loss of her prior Leander, the one who looks like Wa-Wa Raleigh, but he drowns because he knows that he can no longer make her happy in life.  So this new swimmer lover Leander comes into her bed filled with the fire of Cupidian lust and suddenly he morphs into an Hercules on a mission, a labour of love, fetching the golden apple; pulling and pushing and shaking in her tree until he gets what he came for under the influence of Cupid’s “arrow with the golden head”.

Apparently as soon as Leander is done and he has her completely undone, Hero wishes this night were never done. Why? Not what you think. For she is thinking of Apollo seeing her in bed with him. Her instinct is to go hide in some dark corner. But Leander prevents her. So she stands by the bed with Leander gawking at her and her all naked and he feeling more pleasure better than Dis looking at a pile of gold. But the vibe changes suddenly and she quickly makes a “false morne” and this phenomenon somehow someway is a revelation to Leander. He hates it. He turns on her. Leander scorns her with what Phebe says are “murderer’s eyes”. That is his eyes have a force in them that kill her not unlike what happens to Ophelia scorned by Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Both Hero and Ophelia scorned study how to die and then drown themselves and both commit a willful suicide. Note this great reckoning of “Hero the fair” is something Shakespeare’s Touchstone calls “a great reckoning in a little room.”

Good Man Delver says the coroner has room to find cause of drowning either on he who goes into the water let us say like when Raleigh’s Leander goes into the water and drowns when scorned by Hero or on the water that goes into Hero because scorned by her next Leander after Raleigh’s Leander. Rosalind says Leander went to the Hellespont on an hot midsummer night to bathe. While washing he took a cramp and drowned. Coroner’s or chroniclers who find he went to the Hellespont for the love of Hero of Sestos are liars. “Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love.” Chapman says “our Leander” went to the Hellespont filled with Mars not Cupid. Chapman says “our Leander”, in Sestiad Three, makes a conquest of Hero much like Essex even when he takes Cadiz for war’s “spoyle”. Chapman says Leander drowns with malice aforethought by “the Fates” in Sestiad Six.

Touchstone says, “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.” Phebe talks about “a great reckoning in a little room” as if it a great reckoning of Hero the fair.  And Phebe says that when Shakespeare’s Ganymede scorns her he scorns her for being a dark lady unlike Hero the fair. He says when Phebe goes in the dark he would need a candle to see her unlike Hero the fair who shines in the dark so fair that Leander can see her without need of candle. Phebe answers the scorn of Shakespeare’s Ganymede with a taut pour taut. Phebe compares Shakespeare’s Ganymede’s scorn of her as a dark lady is like Marlowe’s Leander’s scorn of Hero for being a dark lady. Phebe’s point is that he has scorned her like Leander scorns Hero which means she will have to study how to die like Hero scorned by Leander’s “murderer’s eyes”. And therefore she offers herself and “all that she can make”. In other words she suggests completing the whole narrative of the reckoning of Hero the fair and she does this with the offer of herself and all that she can make. Phebe sees Ganymede’s scorn of her as compare. She compares Ganymede’s scorn of her to Marlowe’s Leander’s scorn of Hero the fair. To Phebe in the narrative crafted by Marlowe the scorn of Hero as a dark lady comes after Leander goes to bed with Hero and then it is that Hero makes her “false morne”. Wherefore since Ganymede has taken that part of the narrative by Marlowe that comes after Hero goes to bed with Leander and after Hero makes her “false morne”, Phebe offers herself and “all that she can” as a compare that fills in the narrative partly used by Shakespeare’s Ganymede when he says “As by my faith, I see no more in you than may without candle go dark to bed.”

So what we have in As You Like It breathed abroad is something omitted from Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander” when published as Walsingham’s foster child. It is something omitted Desunt nonnulla post line 818. Shakespeare is giving you something omitted in a comic format. He also gives it in a tragic format in Hamlet. That Shakespeare gives so much thought to Hero and Leander one might write off as mere interest into verses that are of interest to the Bard in the sense given by Shakespeare in 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!” Marlowe wrote at least as far back as May of 1593; at least five years prior to publication of Marlowe’s verses with Leander’s scorn of Hero missing. Maybe Marlowe’s verses undermine authority in the Church and State as they are deemable as a merriment that tends to cause laughter that is at the expense of the name and fame of the Head of the Church of England. Thus in effect at least some one says prosecute it to the full for Marlowe is guilty of treason.. And silence is golden for five years until some body comes up with a scheme that goes to a certain back story on Essex with a text that rewrites Marlowe’s “great reckoning in a little room” that is, the reckoning of “Hero the fair”. And replaces that offense with Chapman’s verses wherein Marlowe’s Leander is replaced by Chapman’s “our Leander” what with Marlowe’s Leander looking like Henry Wriothesley and Chapman’s Leander looking like Essex. Thus Shakespeare’s Touchstone says, “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.” And Phebe speaks in a comedy of Shakespeare’s Ganymede scorning her like Marlowe’s Ganymede to a Leander turned scorns Hero evidently not “ever fair” as Raleigh says .

Chapman’s verses are associated with Lady Audry one of two paramours taken by Cecil. Cecil was there during the quarrel wherein the Queen tells  Essex to “go and be hanged”. The quarrel involves who should go to Ireland to deal with Lord Tyrone. Essex becomes that man and as soon as he is established in Ireland in the spring of 1599 he promotes Shakespeare’s Patron to General. General Southampton’s authority is challenged by Capt. Gray and who then is given 24 hour house arrest. When freed Capt. Gray runs to Cecil for help. A letter is sent to Essex telling him to vacate his promotion of Southampton to Lord General of the Horse. Essex complies. When Southampton returns to London he is bushwhacked by Capt. Gray in a London street in a scheme that involves Cecil after Gray has told Essex that he never does anything without Cecil’s input. Thus  Cecil protects Gray until February 10, when he commissions Gray to arrest both Southampton and Essex for trial on the 19th of February 1600 legal calendar date. At trial Essex refers to the falling out between Southampton and Gray on a Sunday, January 9th, 1600 as the reason why he took to the streets looking for Gray and Cecil his private enemies. The rest is history.

 

 

 

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