A portrait has been discovered in 1952 at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, which is most likely of Christopher Marlowe.- The age and date of the portrait as inscribed in the top-left corner are generally fit to Marlowe, who was born in February 1564, and who attended the College between 1580 to 1587. The latin inscription says "Aged 21 in 1585". The impresa inscribed on the portrait beneath the Dating is:
"Qvod me nvtrit me destrvit" ("that which nourishes me, destroys me")
It dates at least back to 1557 and is of French/Italian origin.
The identical (or very similar) motto (s.also Blog 259) can be found in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 or Pericles Q1, in which the Prince of Tyre bears the same impresa on his shield for the tournament (s.Faksimiles)
You also find Marlowe's dialectic philosophy ("contrarities") in authors such as:
»(…) and make me nourish them to my owne destruction (…)«
(…) and to nourish that flame which consumed Greece (…)«
»(…) and have made me blow it till I burne to ashes (…)«
or W.B. :
That Which seems best is worst. 1617 [booktitle]
or others such as Barnabe Barnes, Francis Davison, John Davies, Thomas Bastard, Wiliam Basse a.o.
It is difficult to imagine that all, Marlowe, Shakespeare and so many other persons would have used this specific "comple-mentary dialectic philosophy of life", in the same era and to this diversity. One can borrow certain preferred words and texts, but to take over the motto or philosophy of life of another Person is devoid of logic and would debase the work of Shakespeare. These observations support the
,There was only one towering poetic genius in his time! Christopher Marlowe. He was forced for various reasons to write - already in his "official life time" - under pseudonames , and not only under the name of Shake-speare but under many other pseudonyms, which he changed throughout his life such as George Wither.-
It is by no means coincidental, that George Wither in his "Collection of Emblems" used Marlowes life Motto (s.Faksimiles) .
The only or most plausible explanation is that the author behind Marlowe's portrait, behind Shake-speare's lines, behind Wither's emblems and behind the others was always the same.....
(353)Marlowe's penname "Shake-speare" only one of his many pseudonyms! Another is George Wither (part 2)
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