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    In Obitum

    by Christopher Marlowe
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    In obitum honoratissimi viri, Rogeri Manwood, militis,
    Quæstorii Reginalis Capitalis Baronis


    First printed by Payne Collier (History of the English Stage, etc.
    p. xliv.--prefixed to the first vol. of his Shakespeare) from a MS. on the
    back of the title-page of a copy of Hero and Leander, ed. 1629, where
    it is subscribed with Marlowe's name.

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    NOCTIVAGI terror, ganeonis triste flagellum,
    Et Jovis Alcides, rigido vulturque latroni,
    Urnâ subtegitur. Scelerum, gaudete, nepotes!
    Insons, luctificâ sparsis cervice capillis,
    Plange! fori lumen, venerandæ gloria legis,
    Occidit: heu, secum effœtas Acherontis ad oras
    Multa abiit virtus. Pro tot virtutibus uni,
    Livor, parce viro; non audacissimus esto
    Illius in cineres, cujus tot millia vultus
    Mortalium attonuit: sic cum te nuntia Ditis
    Vulneret exsanguis, feliciter ossa quiescant,
    Famaque marmorei superet monumenta sepulcri.

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