Thomas Kyda satellite of Shakspere. A few years ago the world was startled by the splendid discovery that the mightiest of the planets had a fifth satellite. Four of them had been well known for centuries and had had a glorious place in the history of the stars and light; but the one vassal nearest to his king had been so outshone by the grand luminary that, down to our own day, it had been eclipsed to the eyes of man.
Very similar is the case of the nearest vassal of another Jupiter, the Jupiter Tonitruans of the world's drama. Of his satellites, too, some four had been well known for as many centuries: one especially had, by his own brilliancy and fiery appearance, attracted the general eye; but in this case, too, the satellite nearest to the great luminary had hardly been taken notice of. And if we knew of his bare existence, we knew little or nothing of his orbit, of his history, of his magnitude, of the quality of his light--in short, nothing of all the details we care to know of poet or brilliant star.
It is only of late years that a vigorous and searching investigation has been started with the object of determining the unknown elements of Shakspere's fifth satellite, Thomas Kyd, the author of The Spanish Tragedy, and, as some will have it--and with great show of probability--the man who first put the immortal story of Hamlet on the stage.