The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume VI. The Drama to 1642, Part Two.

III. Middleton and Rowley


A. Plays

Blurt, Master-Constable. Or The Spaniards Night-walke. As it hath bin sundry times privately acted by the Children of Paules. 1602.

The Phoenix, as it hath beene sundrye times Acted by the Children of Paules, And presented before his Majestie. 1607. Another ed. 1630.

Michaelmas Terme. As it hath been sundry times acted by the Children of Paules. 1607.

A Tricke to Catch the Old-one. As it hath beene often in Action, both at Paules, and the Black-Fryers. Presented before his Majestie on New Yeares night last. Composde by T. M. 1608.

The Familie of Love. Acted by the Children of his Majesties Revells. 1608.

A Mad World, My Masters. As it hath bin lately in Action by the Children of Paules. Composed by T. M. 1608.

Your five Gallants. As it hath beene often in Action at the Black-Friers. [n.d., licensed 22 March, 1607/8.]

A Game at Chesse. As it was Acted nine days to gether at the Globe on the Bank side. 1625. [Acted in August, 1624.]

A Chast Mayd in Cheape-side. A Pleasant conceited Comedy never before printed. As it hath beene often acted at the Swan on the Banke-side by the Lady Elizabeth her Servants. 1630.

Women Beware Women. A Tragedy. (With More Dissemblers Besides Women, under title: Two New Playes. 1657.)

More Dissemblers Besides Women. A Comedy. [See previous entry.]

No Wit like A Womans. A Comedy, By Tho. Middleton, Gent. 1657.

No Help like A Womans. A Comedy, By Tho. Middleton, Gent. 1657. [Probably produced in 1613.]

The Mayor of Quinborough: A Comedy. As it hath been often Acted with much Applause at Black-Fryars, By His Majesties Servants. Written by Tho. Middleton. 1661. [Perhaps a quite early play.]

Any Thing For A Quiet Life. A Comedy. Formerly Acted at Black-Fryers, by His late Majesties Servants. 1662.

A Tragi-Coomodie, Called the Witch; long since acted by His Ma[char] Servants at the Black-Friers. [First ptd. from a MS. discovered by Isaac Reed, now in the Bodleian Library, 1778.]

(With William Rowley.) A Faire Quarrell. As it was Acted before the King and divers times publikely by the Prince his Highnes Servants. Written By Thomas Midleton and William Rowley Gentl. 1617.

(With William Rowley.) The Changeling: As it was Acted (with great Applause) at the Privat house in Drury-Lane, and Salisbury Court. Written by Thomas Midleton and William Rowley. Gent. 1653.

(With William Rowley.) The Spanish Gipsie. As it was Acted (with great Applause) at the Privat House in Drury-Lane, and Salisbury Court. Written by Thomas Midleton and William Rowley Gent. 1653.

(With Massinger and William Rowley.) The Excellent Comedy, called The Old Law, or A new way to please you. By Phil. Massinger Tho. Middleton William Rowley. Acted before the King and Queene at Salisbury House, and at severall other places, with great Applause. Together with an exact and perfect Catalogue of all the Playes, with the Authors Names, and what are Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, Pastoralls, Masks, Interludes, more exactly Printed than ever before. 1656.

(With Dekker.) The Roaring Girle. Or Moll Cut-Purse. As it hath lately beene Acted on the Fortune-stage by the Prince his Players. Written by T. Middleton and T. Dekkar. 1611. Rptd. in Ancient B. D. vol. II.

(With Jonson and Fletcher.) The Widdow A Comedie. As it was Acted at the private House in Black-Fryers, with great Applause, by His late Majesties Servants. Written by Ben: Johnson. John Fletcher. Tho: Middleton. Gent. Printed by the Originall Copy. 1652.

B. Masques, etc.

A Courtly Masque; the Device Called The World tost at Tennis. As it hath beene divers times Presented to the Contentment of many Noble and Worthy Spectators, By the Prince his Servants. Invented, and set downe, By Tho: Middleton & William Rowley Gent. 1620.

The Inner-Temple Masque. Or Masque of Heroes. Presented (as an Entertainment for many worthy Ladies:) By Gentlemen of the same Ancient and Noble House. Tho. Middleton. 1619.

The Magnificent Entertainment: Given to King James, Queene Anne his wife, and Henry Frederick the Prince, upon the day of his Majesties Tryumphant Passage (from the Tower) through his Honourable Citie (and Chamber) of London, being the 15. of March, 1603. As well by the English as by the Strangers: With the speeches and Songes, delivered in the severall Pageants. Mart. 1604. [To this Middleton contributed only the speech of Zeal.]

The Triumphs of Truth. A Solemnity unparalled for Cost, Art and Magnificence, at the Confirmation and Establishment of that Worthy and true Noblyminded Gentleman, Sir Thomas Middleton, Knight; in the Honorable Office of his Majesties Lieuetenant, the Lord Mayor of the thrice Famous Citty of London. Taking Beginning at his Lord-ships going, and proceeding after his Returne from receiving the Oath of Mayoralty at Westminster, on the Morrow next after Simon and Judes day, October 29. 1613. All the Showes, Pageants, Chariots; Morning, Noone and Night-Triumphs. Directed, Written, and redeem’d into Forme from the Ignorance of some former times, and their Common Writer, By Thomas Middleton. 1613. Reissued with additions in the same year

Civitatis Amor. The Cities Love. An entertainement by water, at Chelsey and White-hall. 1616.

The Triumphs of Honor and Industry. 1617.

The Triumphs of Love and Antiquity. 1619.

Honorable Entertainments, Compos’de for the Service of this Noble Citie. Some of which were fashion’d for the Entertainment of the Lords of his Majesties most Honorable Privie Counsell, upon the Occasion of their late Royall Employment. 1621.

The Sunne in Aries. 1621.

The Triumphs of Honor and Virtue. 1622.

An Invention performed for the Service of y[char] Right honorable Edward Barbham, L. Mayor of the Cittie of London. 1623.

The Triumphs of Integrity. 1623.

The Triumphs of Health and Prosperity. 1626.

C. Other Works

The Blacke Booke. 1604.

Father Hubburds Tales, or The Ant, and the Nightingale. 1604.

Micro-Cynicon. Sixe Snarling Satyres. 1599. [Verse.]

The Wisdome of Solomon Paraphrased. A Jove surgit opus. 1597. [Verse.]

Sir Robert Sherley. 1609.

The Peace-Maker: Or, Great Brittaines Blessing. 1618.

D. Modern Editions and Criticism

Works. Ed. Dyce, A. 5 vols. 1840.

Works. Ed. Bullen, A. H. 8 vols. 1885–6. [The standard edition.]

Thomas Middleton. (Mermaid Series.) Vol. I, ed. with an Introduction by Swinburne, A. C. [n.d.] (Contains: A Trick to catch the old one; The Changeling; A Chaste Maid in Cheapside; Women beware Women; The Spanish Gipsy.) Vol. II, ed. Ellis, Havelock. 1890. [Contains: The Girl; The Witch; A Fair Quarrel; The Mayor of Queenborough; The Widow.]

Lamb’s Specimens. [Extracts from A Fair Quarrel, All’s Lost by Lust, A New Wonder, Women beware Women, More Dissemblers besides Women, No Wit Half like a Woman’s, The Witch, The Witch of Edmonton, The Old Law.]

Jung, H. Das Verhältniss Thomas Middleton’s zu Shakspere. Müchener Beiträ vol. XXIX, Munich, 1904.

Wiggin, Pauline G. An Enquiry into the authorship of the Middleton-Rowley Plays. Radclyffe College Monographs. No. 9. Boston, 1897.

A. Plays

A Search for Money, or, The lamentable complaint for the losse of the wandring Knight, Mounsieur l’Argent. Or, Come along with me, I know thou lovest money. Dedicated to all those that lack money. Frange nucis tegmen, si cupis esse nucem. By William Rowley. 1609. Rptd. Percy Soc. Publ., vol. II, 1840.

A New Wonder, A Woman Never Vext. A Pleasant conceited Comedy: sundry times Acted: never before printed. Written by William Rowley, one of his Majesties Servants. 1632 Rptd. in Dilke’s O. E. P. vol. v, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XII.

A Match at Midnight. A Pleasant Comoedie: As it hath been Acted by the Children of the Revells. Written by W. R. 1633. Rptd. in Ancient B. D., vol. II, in Reed’s Dodsley, vol. VII, in Collier’s Dodsley, vol. VII, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XIII.

A Tragedy called All’s Lost by Lust. Written by William Rowley. Divers times Acted by the Lady Elizabeths servants. And now lately by her Majesties Servants, with great applause, at the Phoenix in Drury Lane. Quod non dant Proceres, Dabit Histrio. 1633.

Ed. with the Spanish Gipsy by Morris, E. P. (Belles Lettres Series) 1907; and, with A Shoomaker a Gentleman, by Stork, C. W., 1910. (See Sec. B, post.)

A Merrie and Plesant Comedy: Never before Printed, called A Shoo-maker a Gentleman. As it hath beene sundry times Acted at the Red Bull and other Theaters, with a generall and good applause. Written by W. R., Gentleman. 1638.

As to the source of this play, cf. Palaestra, vol. XVIII, 1903.

For The Birth of Merlin (by Shakespeare and Rowley??), see bibliography to Vol. V, Chaps. VIII–XII, Sec. 5; for The Witch of Edmonton (with Dekker, Ford, etc.), see bibliography to Chap. II, Sec. III A, ante; for Fortune by Land and Sea (with Thomas Heywood), see bibliography to Chap. IV. Sec. I A, post; for The Old Law (with Massinger and Middleton), see Sec. I A, ante, for The Changeling and The Spanish Gipsie (with Middleton), see Sec. I A, ante; for The Travailes of The three English Brothers (with Day), see bibliography to Chap. IX, post; for A Cure for a Cuckold and The Thracian Wonder (with Webster), see bibliography to Chap. VII, Sec. II A (ii), post; for The Maide in the Mill (with Fletcher), see bibliography to Chap. v, Sec. I, post; and for the World Tost at Tennis (with Middleton), see Sec. I B, ante.

B. Criticism

Stork, C. W. William Rowley. His All’s Lost by Lust, and A Shoemaker, a Gentleman. With an introduction on Rowley’s place in the drama. (Publ. of the University of Pennsylvania.) Philadelphia, 1910. [This edition was brought out after Chapter III had passed through the press.]

Zeitlin, W. Shakespeare und Rowley. Anglia, vol. IV. 1881.