Shakespeare’s First Plays
OED, ground, 6b: in painting or decorative art, a main surface or first coating of colour, serving as a support for other colours; viz. Greene supplied the ground for all who wrought upon him). R. B. confirms Greene’s own complaint — that by 1592 Shakespeare had eclipsed Greene, whose importance as a writer in the late 1580s had been second to none.1
Greene, is the pleasing Obiect of an eie:
Greene, pleasde the eies of all that lookt vppon him.
Greene, is the ground of euerie Painters die:
Greene, gaue the ground, to all that wrote vpon him.
Nay more the men, that so Eclipst his fame:
Purloynde his Plumes, can they deny the same?
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