Richard Brome

One of the leading playwrights of the 1630s, his career cut short by the closure of the theatres in 1642.  Seen in his day as a natural successor to Jonson and Shakespeare.  Neglected since.  This page keeps tabs on various interesting Brome-related things.

Love, Where is now thy deity

Love, where is now thy deity,
When Fortune alters thy decree
In making of another blessed
With her thou plantedst in my breast?
And, Fortune, where is thy despite,
That gavest another my delight,
When Death has ta'en from him and thee
The precious prize, as well as me?

Of Love I blame th'inconstancy;
Of Fortune curse the cruelty;
Death, my revenger, yet, shall scape
Though he has done the greatest rape
For he is kindest of the three:
In taking her he calls for me.
His kindness carries yet a blot:
For though he calls he takes me not.

- "Love, where is now thy deity" is a song sung in Act Four of The English Moor, its lyrics preserved in the manuscript version of the play, and first published by Sara Jayne Steen in 1983. This MIDI file contains the music to a contemporary setting of the lyric, printed and discussed by John P. Cutts in 1986, and transcribed to MIDI by me.

Newly published: Richard A. Cave, gen. ed., Richard Brome Online (2010). Scholarly editions of every Brome play, illustrated with video clips of performance. I'm a contributor to the edition, so I'm biased, but - it's marvellous. Transforms our ability to say things about Brome.

Extracts from Brome on-line
Ronald Bayne on Brome
The Literary Encyclopedia on Brome 

Richard Brome - a selective bibliography

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