4 lines out of Thomas Beard- "The Theatre of Gods judgement " (1597)
4 lines out of ->"The Maydes Metamorphosis" (1600) from an anonymous Poet
Nobody ever seems to have questioned the identity of Thomas Beard. It has been rarely taken into account that this highly educated man with a gigantic "world knowledge" at his time in 1597 (at the height of Shakspeare's career!) also had impressive poetic qualities and "insider" knowledge about Marlowe one wonders how he got it ("...a poet of scurrilitie,...wrote books...affirming our saviour to be but a deceiver, and Moses to be but a conjurer and seducer of the people, and the bible to be but vaine and idle stories, and all religion but a device of pollicie...")
By comparing verses of Thomas Beard in "Gods Judgment" (1597) with verses of the anonymous author of the stage play “The Mayde’s Metamorphosis" (1600) (see Faksimiles) it would be plausible to assume that the one plagiarized from the other or that they were identical persons (s.Faksimile). For many reasons I prefer the second assumption of an anonymous [concealed] author using a variety of pseudonyms. - Guess whom I mean ?