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Anthony Munday
Anthony Munday (or Monday) (1560? August 10, 1633), was an English dramatist and miscellaneous writer. The chief interest in Munday for the modern reader lies in his collaboration with Shakespeare and others on the play Sir Thomas More and his writings on Robin Hood. He was once thought to have been born in 1553, because the monument to him in the church of St. Stephen Coleman Street, stated that at the time of his death he was eighty years old. From the inscription we likewise learn that he was "a citizen and draper". In 1589 he was living in the city, and dates his translation of The History of Palmendos "from my house in Cripplegate". That he carried on the business of a draper, or had some connection with the trade as late as 1613, may be gathered from the following passage at the close of The Triumphs of Truth, the city pageant for that year, by Thomas Middleton: "The fire-work being made by Maister Humphrey Nichols, a man excellent in his art; and the whole work and body of the Triumph, with all the proper beauties of the workmanship, most artfully and faithfully performed by John Grinkin; and those furnished with apparel and porters by Anthony Munday, Gentleman." The style of "gentleman" was probably given to him with reference to the productions of his pen.

adieu, farewell earth's bliss
 
 
Adieu, farewell earth's bliss,
This world uncertain is;
Fond are life's lustful joys,... [read poem]
balloon fight
 
 
'This morning, the American, Steve Fossett, ended his Round-The-World
balloon fight...I'm so... [read poem]
beauty sat bathing by a spring
 
 
Beauty sat bathing by a spring
Where fairest shades did hide her;
The winds blew calm,... [read poem]
let me die a youngman's death
 
 
Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
no... [read poem]
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