The Marlowe Authorship Theory recognizes the name „William Shakespeare“ (W.S.) as a pseudonym, deadly threatened Marlowe borrowed (for safety reasons) from the living Stratford business man in 1593.
„The Funeral Elegy“ (1612 with 578 lines[abab], printed by Thomas Torpe (T.T.), who edited »Shake-speares Sonnets«) obviously must be recognized as a poetic [allegoric] blueprint of the hidden destiny of its author, Christopher Marlowe.-
Nobody can expect me to believe, that William Shakspere or John Ford dedicated these lines (in print 19 days after the murder) to the brother of unknown William Peter, deadly stabbed into the head (!! corresponding to Marlowe - See also authorship debate William Niederkorn NYT 2002).- The Elegy can (and must?) be interpreted as a continuous allegoric self-presentation or self-portrayal of the fate of the author.- I see no alternative other than to interprete the subsequent remarkable lines as an allegory to Marlowe's concealed destiny: they seem to need no further explanation or interpretation.-. "Stratfordians" ("Oxfordians" or even worse, "Oxfraudians") will, however, never reach any conclusion, since they are not ready to accept the Marlowe/Shakespeare theory at least as a working hypothesis with the assumption that Marlowe survived and wrote under multiple pseudonyms such as Shakespeare or Ford.-
Each single line more or less is indicative for a singular "circumstantial evidence" of Marlowes destiny, life, thought
or philosophy.- Who else, in 1612, could be meant or could fit with the textual content of all these lines?
Excerpt of a Funeral Elegy« of W.S.(1612)
[Line Numbers correspond to lines of the funeral elegy ]
5 What memorable monument can last
whereon to bild his never-bleemished name
8 oblivion in the darkest day to come
10 cannot rase out the lamentable tomb
101 for his becoming silence gave such grace
139 my country's thankless misconstruction cast
upon my name and credit,both unloved
145 yet time, the father of unblushing truth
may one day lay ope malice which hath crossed it
159 For should he lie obscur'd without a tomb,
195 What can we leave behind us but a name,
Which, by a life well led, may honor have?
Such honor, O thou youth untimely lost,
207 My love to thee, which I could not set forth
In any other habit of disguise.
210 To speak the language of a servile breath,
My truth stole from my tongue into my heart,
Which shall not thence be sund'red but in death.
215 But that mine error was, as yet it is,
To think love best in silence: for I siz'd thee
223T' enlarge my thoughts was hindered at first,
While thou hadst life; I took this task upon me,
To register with mine unhappy pen
Such duties as it owes to thy desert,
And set thee as a president to men,
And limn thee to the world but as thou wert-
Not hir'd, as heaven can witness in my soul,
231 Nor servile to be lik'd, free from control,
Which, pain to many men, I do not owe it.
237 But that no merit strong enough of mine
Had yielded store to thy well-abled quill
Whereby t'enroll my name, as this of thine,
240 How s'ere enriched by thy plenteous skill.
Here, then, I offer up to memory
The value of my talent, precious man,
Whereby if thou live to posterity,
Though't be not as I would, 'tis as I can:
293 He was not so: but in a serious awe,
Ruling the little ordered common-wealth
Of his own self, with honor to the law
341 Most unjust choler, which untimely Drew
Destruction on itself; and most unjust,
Robb'd virtue of a follower so true
369 to conquer death by death, and loose the traps
He thus, for that his guiltless life was spilt
by death, which was made subject to the course
423 The Grave-that in his ever-empty womb
Forever closes up the unrespected
Who, when they die, die all-shall not entomb
His pleading best perfections as neglected
483 Look hither then, you that enjoy the youth
Of your best days, and see how unexpected
Death can betray your jollity to ruth
When death you think is least to be respected!
The person of this model here set out
492 Of his humanity, but could not touch
His flourishing and fair long-liv'd deserts,
Above fate's reach, his singleness was such-
So that he dies but once, but doubly lives,
Once in his proper self, then in his name;
499 And had the Genius which attended on him
Been possibilited to keep him safe
Against the rigor that hath overgone him,
He had been to the public use a staff, [speare or shaft of a spear]
Leading by his example in the path
535 His due deserts, this sentence on him gives,
"He died in life, yet in his death he lives."
564 Before it may enjoy his better part;
From which detain'd, and banish'd in th' Exile
This "autobiographic poem" seems to be in accord with the standards of reasonable scientific judgment to tentatively accept the Marlowe/Shakespeare hypothesis and to work on the assumption that additional information can be received in this direction.