TO LONDON-- AND THE AMPHITHEATRE PLAYERS
Lyfte up thy heart and corage eke,
be bolde and of good chere;
For fortune most doth favoure those,
that all thynges least do feare. . . .
Great shame it is that vertue shoulde,
for monsters hyde her face:
Go to therefore leave of thy lettes,
and walk the depth apace.
(Barnabe Googe's translation of
Palingenius's 'Taurus' -- an
Elizabethan grammar-school text
in the Latin version, 1560)
It appears, by their bare liveries, that they live by your bare words.
Valentine, The Two Gentlemen of Verona)Streets and conduits
Elzabethan London deeply impressed or astonished its visitors -- even if they knew beforehand of its long rows of shops and four-storey houses, thronged suburbs and magnificently built-up London Bridge, or of its fine, painted theatres and rich waterfront palaces. Foreigners praised the city, and some apprentices knew it as bewildering or lethal. More people died in London than were born there -- but nothing stopped an influx of workers. Taking the city, its suburbs, and