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For anyone who has read, and noted, Ben Jonson's location of Shakespeare as the 'peer', the contemporary, not of the Jacobean playwrights, but of the Elizabethan, Lyly, Marlowe, and Kyd: For if I thought my judgment were of years, I should commit thee surely with thy peers, And tell how far thou didst our Lyly outshine, Or sporting Kyd, or Marlowe's mighty line.