1] First published, posthumously, in 1850. In an early form the play seems to have been completed by 1830, but Beddoes added and rewrote until his death in 1848. It is a strange revenge play written in the Elizabethan manner. The Song from the Ship marks the departure of an expedition from Ancona to rescue Duke Melveric from captivity among the Moors. Old Adam, the carrion crow, is sung in the charnel-house scene of revenge with which the play ends.
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Original text: Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Death's jest-book; or, The fool's tragedy (London: W. Pickering, 1850). B-11 4357 Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1850
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.337; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24
Rhyme: ababccaaab ababccaab
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