Monsarrat, Professor of Languages at the University of Burgundy, in Dijon, France, arguing successfully that the Elegy bore marked resemblances to John Ford Christ's Bloody Sweat
and The Golden Mean, both published in 1613.
Christ's Bloody Sweat, a work that would have been completed early in Ford's writing career (if indeed he is the author), declares that the writer has experienced some sort of religious transformation that has revealed to him the errors of his time.
As a scholar who has abandoned the service of God, but yet does not redirect his scholarly proclivity productively, Giovanni personifies the schoolmen warned against in Christ's Bloody Sweat.
The openings of the two elegies are similar in many ways; Donald Foster has pointed to at least twelve rare words found in both Ford and the Elegy, though not in Shakespeare; and Ford's long religious poem Christ's Bloody Sweat, published the year after the Elegy, shows clear signs of borrowing from it, as does his poem in the 1616 edition of Sir Thomas Overbury's Wife.
But Ford, though he certainly reused phrases such as "strange truth" which seemed to have a particular resonance for him, was not given to sustained and simple self-repetition, as is illustrated by the looseness of the parallels and echoes generally used to argue for his authorship of Christ's Bloody Sweat.