The sublime architecture of the great cathedral, under whose shadow Marlowe was born and lived out his boyhood, must have had a profound influence on the awakening consciousness of one whose nature was so responsive to beauty. Inevitably he was drawn to worship at the shrine
'Where Beauty, mother to the Muses sits
And comments volumes with her ivory pen.'
Tamberlaine The Great, Part 1, Act v, Sc. 1.
from A.D. Wraight's In Search of Christopher Marlowe