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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 7 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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T EDWARDS. C- Old Plays, vol. i., and Ancient British Drama, vol. i. It is written in rhymed lines of rude construction, varying in length and neglecting the caesura. A number of the author's shorter pieces are preserved in the Paradise of Dainty Devices, first published in 1575, and reprinted in the British Bibliographer, vol. iii.; the best known are the lines on May, the A mantium Irae, and the Commendation of Music, which has the honour of furnishing a stanza to Romeo and Juliet. The Historie of Damocles and Dionise is assigned to him in the 1578 edition of the Paradise. Sir John Hawkins credited him with the part song " In going to my lonely bed "; the words are certainly his, and probably the music. In his own day Edwards was highly esteemed. The fine poem, " The Soul's Knell," is supposed to have been written by him when dying. See Grove's Diet. of Music (new edition) ; the Shakespeare Soc. Papers, vol. ii. art. vi.; Ward, English Dram. Literature, vol. i.
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RICHARD EDWARDS (c. 1523–1566)

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