His first own poetic work at the age of 30 was entitled "Monodia" in 1594 , an Elegie, in commemoration of an old Lady , Dame Hellen Branch, Widdowe’ [married twice , late wife of Sir John Branch, Lord-Mayor of London] , 4 pages. The British Museum copy was supposed to be the only one extant, but one [formerly the Isham copy at Britwell.] is included in the Folio of 1641 (Brit. Mus.).
John Sylvester, the author of Monodia (...written..within the first year of Marlowe's death, Sylvester of the same age as Marlowe/Shakespeare ) compares his own private case to fading flowers fresh, green and gallant in the morning sun, which "withered and were dead before the day be done. Until now the world had not seen a poet ("a frame of flesh so glorious here beneath but had been ruined be the rage of Death" , dubiously! (question mark!")