Ben Jonson’s EULOGY to Shakespeare (FF, 1623): “DIDSTST”

M. Venice, I am Shakespeare, JPEGFig. 1:   We recognize the above as an example of how “Shakespeare/de Vere” used codes.  Did Ben Jonson do the same?

Ben Jonson’s Eulogy to Shakespeare, First Folio, 1623:  (See Facsimile)


Jonson Eulogy, facs., lines 17 ff, JPEGFig. 2A

[ NOTE:]   

   Facsimile copies of Ben Jonson’s Eulogy contain the following spelling of the word “didstst” in the original 1623 copies, rather than the spelling “dist” or “didst”, which is variously reported in type-written copies made from facsimiles of the Eulogy:

Jonson Eulogy, 1623, facs., %22didstst%22, JPEG

Fig. 2B

   To the reader of the Eulogy, this makes no significant difference, as the focus of the reading is not searching for codes.  However, if ELS letter-strings are the main focus, then how do the two most likely spellings (being reasonably true to the original) are:  “didst” and/or “didstst”.  The question then becomes, what is the effect on possible letter-strings in the Jonson plaintext?  Here are some examples of such an effect:

Using the Title of the Eulogy (“To the memory of . . . ), and presenting two arrays with the title and without are:

Jonson Eulogy, title, didst, VERE, JPEGFig. 3

Jonson Eulogy, #1, no title, didstst, VERE, JPEGFig. 4

Jonson Eulogy, VERE, title, didst, JPEGFig. 5

Jonson Eulogy, title, didst, VERE, Avon, JPEGFig. 6  

(Note: the Arrays 62, with no title, both spellings, survive.)

Jonson Eulogy, HENRI'S weed, JPEGFig. 7:    A direct reference to “E. (Earl) Henry, O.” as a promising writer, as well as to the  House of Vere.       Note:  the letter-string, “HENRI’S”, survives in all Arrays 56:  with both spellings, as well as with and without the Title.   

Jonson Eulogy, CODE, random or craft, JPEGFig. 8  [Note:  “CODE” survives when arrayed with or without the Title, with all spellings and permutations.]           (May 21, 2013)

Jonson Eulogy, DANTE, sweet swan, JPEGFig. 9 

And again:

Jonson Eulogy, DANTE, thy booke, JPEGFig. 10


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