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Edward II

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Edward II, 1594 editionTitle page of 1594 edition
By Christopher Marlowe
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Original title
The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer

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Five acts, approx. 3,100 lines, approx. 25,000 words

Notable lines

"My father is deceased. Come, Gaveston,
And share the kingdom with thy dearest friend."

— First lines

Stately and proud, in riches and in train,
Whilom I was, powerful, and full of pomp:
But what is he whom rule and empery
Have not in life or death made miserable?


Reduce we all our lessons unto this:
To die, sweet Spencer, therefore live we all;
Spencer, all live to die, and rise to fall.


Sweet father, here unto thy murdered ghost
I offer up this wicked traitor's head;
And let these tears, distilling from thine eyes,
Be witness of my grief and innocency.

— Last lines


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