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The former part is spent in bringing the
sick prince forth as it were desirous to Dine.
shift his chamber and couch, as dying Debora, Rebecca's nurse. Sichem.
men use; his father telling him what Jacob.
sacrifize he had sent for his health to Simeon.
Bethel and Dan; his fearlessnesse of Levi.
death, and putting his father in mind
to set (send] to Abiah. The Chorus of vi. Thamar Cuophorusa. Where Juda is
the Elders of Israel bemoning his virfound to have been the author of that
tues bereft them, and at another time crime, which he condemned in Tamar:
wondring why Jeroboam. being bad Tamar excus'd in what she attempt.
himself, should so grieve for his son ed.
that was good, &c.
Xxxv, Naboth cunu qaytý MEVOG. I Reg. xxi. ix. The Murmurers. Num. xiv.
xxxvi. Ahab. I Reg. xxii. Beginning at the x, Corah, Dathan, &c. Num. xvi, xvii.
synod of fals profets : ending with rexi. Moabitides. Num. xxv. [See No. ly.
lation of Ahab's death: his bodie below.)
brought. Zedechiah slain by Ahab's xii. Achan. Joshue vii and viii.
friends for his seducing. (See Lavater, xiii. Josuah in Gibeon. Josh. x.
II Chron. xviii.) xiv, Gideon Idoloclastes. Judg. vi, vii. xxxvii. Elias in the mount. II Reg. i. 'Optißárns. xv. Gideon pursuing. Judg. viii.
Or, better, Elias Polemistes. xvi. Abimelech the Usurper. Judg. ix. xxxviii. Elisæus Hudrochóos. II Reg. iii. Hudroxvii. SAMSON MARRUNG, or in Ramach Lechi.
phantes. Aquator. Judg. xv.
xxxix. Elisaus Allororlocétas. xviii. Sambon Pursophorus, or Hybristes, or xl. Elisaus Minutes, sive in Dothaimis. II Dagonalia. Judg. xvi.
Reg. vi. xix. Comazontes, or The Benjaminites, or The xli. Samaria Liberala. II Reg. vii. Rioters. Judg. xix, xx, xxi.
xlii. Achabæi Cunoboromeni. II Reg. ix. xx. Theristria, a Pastoral, out of Ruth.
The Scene, Jesrael. Beginning, from xxi. Eliadæ, Hophni and Phinehas. 1 Sam.
the watchman's discovery of Jehu, till i, ii, iii, iv.' Beginning with the first
he go out. In the mean while, message overthrow of Israel by the Philistines ;
of things passing brought to Jesebel, interlac't with Samuel's vision concern
&c. Lastly, the 70 heads of Ahab's ing Elie's family.
sons brought in, and message brought of xxii. Jonathan rescued. 1 Sam. xiv.
Ahaziah's brethren slain on the way. xxiij. Doeg slandering. 1 Sam. xxii.
Chap. x. xxiv. The sheep-shearers in Carmel, a Pastoral. xliii. Jehu Belicola. II Reg. X. I Sam, xxv.
xliv. Athaliah. II Reg. xi. XV. Saul in Gilboa. 1 Sam. xxvü, xxxi.
xlv. Amaziah Doryalotus. II Reg. xiv. IL xxvi. David revolted. 1 Sam. from the xxvii}
Chron. xxv. chap. to the xxxi.
xlvi. Hezechias moneopréuscos. II Reg. xviii, xxvii. David adulterous. II Sam. c. xi, xii.
xix. Hesechia beseiged. The wicked byx.xviii. Tamar. II Sain. xiji.
pocrisy of Shebna, (spoken of in the xi. xxix. Achitophel. II Sam, xv, xvi, xvii, xviii.
or thereabout of Isaiah,) and the comxxx. Adoniah. I Reg. ii.
mendation of Eliakim,will afford á póquas xxxi. Solomon Gynæcocratumenus, or Idolo
hóyy, together with a faction that sought · margus, aut Thysiazusæ. I Reg. xi.
help from Egypt. Xxxii. Rehoboam. I Reg. xii. Wher is dis xlvii. Josiah Alxomenos. II Reg. xxiii. puted of a politic religion,
xlviii. Zedechia veoteziwr. II Reg. But the xxxiii. Abias Thersæns. I Reg. xiv. The queen,
story is larger in Jeremiah. after much dispute, as the last refuge, clix. Salymov Halosis. Which may begin sent to the profet Ahias of Shilo; re
from a message brought to the city, of ceavs the message. The Epitasis, in
the judgement upon Zedechiah and his that shee, hearing the child shall die,
children in Ribla : and so seconded as she comes home, refuses to return,
with the burning and destruction of city thinking thereby to elude the oracle.
and temple by Nebuzaradan; lamented
by Jeremiah. Apocalypse of Saint John is the majestic image
1. Asa, or Æthiopes. II Chron. xiv. with of a high and stately tragedy, shutting up and in
the deposing his mother, and burning
her idol. termingling her solemn scenes and acts with a seven-fold chorus of hallelujahs and harping sym
li. The three children. Dan. iii. Prose-Works, edit. 1698, vol. i. 61. phonies.”
lii. Abram from Morea, or Isaac redeemTODD.
The oiconomie may be thus. The ? So they are termed in Milton's MS. Those,
fift or sixt day after Abraham's depar
ture. Eleazar (Abram's steward) first which relate to Paradise Lost, have been given at the end of that poem.
alone, and then with the Chorus, dis.
course of Abraham's strange voiage,
Sodom burning. The Scene before Lot's thire mistresse sorrow and perplexity, accompanied with frightfull dreams;
The Chorus, consisting of Lot's sbepand tell the manner of his rising by
herds come to the citty about some afnight, taking his servants and his son
fairs, await in the evening thire maiswith him. Next may come forth Sa
ter's return from his evening walk torah herself. After the Chorus, or Is
ward the citty gates. He brings with mael, or Agar, Next some shepheard
him two young men, or youths, of poble or companie of merchants, passing
form. After likely discourses, præthrough the mount in the time that
pares for thire entertainment. By then Abram was in the mid-work, relate to
supper is ended, the gallantry of the Sarah what they saw. Hence lamen
towne passe by in procession, with tations, fears, wonders. The matter in
music and song, to the temple of the mean while divulg'd, Aner, or Es
Venus Urania or Peor ; and, underchol, or Mamre, Abram's confederats,
standing of tow poble strangers arriv’d, come to the house of Abram to be
they send 2 of thire choysest youth, with more certaine, or to bring news ; in
the priest, to invite them to thire city the mean while discoursing, as the
solemnities; it beeing an honour that world would, of such an action, divers
thire citty had decreed to all fair perways ; bewayling the fate of so noble a
sonages, as beeing sacred to their godman faln from his reputation, either
dess. The angels being ask't by the through divin justice or superstition, or
priest whence they are, say they are of covering to doe some notable act through
Salem ; the priest inveighs against the zeal. At length a servant, sent from
strict reign of Melchisedec. Abram, relates the truth; and last he
Lot, that knows thire drift, answers himselfe comes in with a great traine
thwartly at last. Of which notice given of Melchizedec's, whose shepheards,
to the whole assembly, they hasten beeing secretlye witnesses of all pas
thither, taxe him of præsumption, sinsages, had related to their master, and
gularity, breach of city-customs; in he conducted his friend Abraham home
fine, offer violence. The Chorus of with joy.
shepheards præpare resistance in thire fiii. Baptistes. The Scene, the Court.
maister's defence ; calling the rest of Beginning, From the morning of He
the serviture: but, being forc't to gire ro'ds birthday.
back, the angels open the dore, rescue * In the mar. Herod, by soine counsel
Lot, discover themselves, warne him gin of ibe Ms. er persuaded on his birthOrels the queen
to gether his friends and sons in law out may plot, under day to release John Bap
of the city. pra ense of beg. Bing for his li. tist, purposes it, causes
He goes, and returns; as baring berty, to seek him to be sent for to court
met with some incredulous. Some to a snare by from prison. The queen
other freind or son in law (out of the his freedom of Speech. " hears of it, takes occa
way when Lot came to his house) oversion to passe wher he is, on purpose,
takes him to know his buisnes. Heer is that, under prætense of reconsiling to
disputed of incredulity of divine judgehim, or seeking to draw a kind retrac
ments, and such like inatters. tation from him of the censure on the
At last is described the parting from marriage; to which end sbe sends a
the citty. The Chorus depart with their courtier before, to sound whether he
maister. The angels doe the deed with might be persuaded to mitigate his sen
all dreadful execution. The king and tence; which not finding, she herself
nobles of the citty may come forth, craftily assays; and on his constancie,
and serve to set out the terror. A Chofounds an acc'isation to Herod of a con
rus of angels concluding, and the tumacious affront, on such a day, be
angels relating the event of Lot's jour. fore many reers ; præpares the king to
ney, and of his wife. some passion, and at last by her daugh
The first Chorus, beginning, may reter's dancing, effects it. There may
late the course of the citty ; each erenprologize the spirit of Philip, Herod's
ing every one, with mistresso or Ganybrother. It may also be thought that
med, gitterning along the streets, or soHerod had well bedew'd himself with
lacing on the banks of Jordan, or down wine, which made him grant the easier
the stream. to his wive's daughter.
At the priests' inviting the angels to Some of his disciples also, as to con
the solemnity, the angels, pittying their gratulate his liberty, may be brought
beauty, may dispute of love, and how it in ; with whom, after certain command
differs from lust; seeking to win them. of his death, many compassionating
In the last scene, to the king and words of his disciples, bewayling his
nobles, when the fierce thunder begins youth cut off in his glorious cours ; he
aloft, the angel appeares all girt with telling them his work is don, and wish
fames, which, he saith, are the fames ing them to follow Christ his mais.
of true love, and tells the king, who ter.
falls down with terrour, his just suffering, liv. Sodom. The title, Cupid's funeral pile : as also Athane's, that is, Gener, Lot's son
to draw him in
in law, for despising the continual ad
marlyrld by Hinguar the Dane. See monitions of Lot. Then, calling to the
Speed, L. viii, C. ii. thunders, lightning, and fires, be bids Ixxii, Sigberi, tyrant of the West-Saxons, them heare the call and command of
slaine by a skinheard. God, to come and destroy a godlesse lxxiii. Edmund, brother of Athelstan, slaine by a nation. He brings them down with
theese at his owne table. Malmesb. some short waruing to other nations to lyxiv. Edicin, son to Edward the younger, for take heed.
lust depriu'd of his kingdom, or rather by dv. Moabitides, or Phineas. The epitasis
faction of monks, whom he hated ; togewhereof may lie in the contention, first,
ther [with] the impostor Dunstan. between the father of Zimri and Elea Ixxv. Edward, son of Edgar, murder'd by his zer, whether he (ought] to have slain
step-mother. To wbich may be insert- , his son without law? Next, the ambas
ed the tragedies stirr'd up betwixt the sadors of the Moabites, expostulating
monks and priests about mariage. about Cosbi, a stranger and a noble wo Lxxvi. Etheldred, son of Edgar, a slothful king; man, slain by Phineas.
the ruin of his land by the Danes. It may be argued about reformation Ixxvii. Cenulin, king of the West-Saxons, for and punishment illegal, and, as it were,
tyrannie depos'd and banish't ; and dyby tumult. After all arguments dri
ing. yen home, then the word of the Lord lxxviii. The slaughter of the monks of Bangor may be brought, acquitting and ap
by Edelfride, stirr'd up, as is said, by proving Phineas.
Ethelbert, and he by Austine the monke; lvi. Christus Patiens. The Scene, in the
because the Britains would not receave the garden. Beginning, from the comming
rites of the Roman church. See Bede, thither, till Judas betrajes, and the of
Geffrey Monmouth, and Holinshed, p. ficers lead him away. The rest by
104. Which must begin with the conMessage and Chorus.
vocation of British Clergie by Austin to His agony may roceav noble expres
determine superfluous points, which by sions.
them were refused. Jvii. Christ born.
Ixxix. Edwin, by vision, promis'd the kingdom of Biii. Herod massacring, or Rachel weeping.
Northumberland on promise of his converMatt. ii.
sion; and therein establish'l by Rodoald, lxix. Christ bound.
king of [the] East-Angles. 1x. Christ crucif'd.
Ixxx. Oswin, king of Deira, sluine by Oswie Ixi. Christ risen.
his friend, king of Bernitia, through inIxii. Lazarus. John, xi.
stigation of flatterers, See Holinsh. p.
115. Ixxxi. Sigibert, of the East-Angles, keeping
companie with a person excommunicated, BRITISH TRAGEDIES.
slaine by the same man in his house, according as the bishop Cedda had fore
told," Ixiïi. The cloister-king Constans set up by Ixxxii. Egfride, king of the Northumbers, slaine Vortiger. Venutius, husband to Car
in battle against the Picts ; hating betismandua.
fore wasted Ireland, and made zvarre for Ixiv. Vortiger poison'd by Roena.
no reason on men that ever lov'd the EnIxv. Vorliger immur'd. Vortiger marrying
glish; forewarn'd al:o by Cuthbert not Roena. See Speed. Reproou'd by Vo
lo fight with the Ficts. din, archbishop of London. Speed. lxxxiii. Kinewulf, king of the West-Saxons, The inassacre of the Britains by Hengist
slaine by Kineard in the house of one of in thire cups at Salisbury plaine.
lxxxiv. Gunthildis, the Danish ladie, reith her Ixvi. Sigher, of the East-Saxons, revolted
husband Palingus, and her son, slaine by from the faith, and reclaimed by Jaru
the appointment of the traitor Edrick, in mang.
king Ethelred's days. Holinsh, L. vii. Lxvii. Ethelbert, of the East-Angles, slain by
C. v. together with the massacre of the
Danes at Oxford. Speed.
poyson'd by his wife Ethelburge, Offa's Ixviii. Sebert slaine by Penda, after he had left
daughter; who dyes miserably also, in his kingdom. See Holinshed, p. 116.
beggery, after adultery, in a nunnery. Ixix, Wulfer slaying his tow sons for beeing
Speed in Bitbrick.
lxxxvi. Alfred, in disguise of a minstrel, discovers Lxx. Osbert, of Northumberland, slain for ra
the Danes' negligence; sets on [Them) vishing the wife of Bernbocard, and the
with a mightie slaughter. About the Danes brought in. See Stow, Holinsh.
same tyme the Devonshire men rout L. vi. C. xii. And especially Speed, L.
Hubba, and slay him. viii. C.ii.
1xxxvii. Athelstan exposing his brother Edwin ta \xxi, Edmund, last king of the East-Angles,
the sea, and repenting.
\xxxviii. Edgar slaying Ethelwold for false play 1 caus'd the victorie, &c. Scotch story, po in wooing. Wherein may be set out
155 &c. his pride, and lust, which he thought to xcix. Kenneth, who, having privily poison'd close by favouring monks and building
Malcolm Duffe that his own son might monasteries. Also the disposition of
succeed, is slain by Fenella. Scotch woman in Elfrida towards her hus
Hist. p. 157, 158, &c. band. [Peck proposes, and justly, c. Macbeth. Reginning at the arrivall of I think, to read cloke instead of close.]
Malcolm at Mackduffe. The matter of Ixxxix. Swane beseidging London, and Ethelred
Duncan may be express't by the aprepuls't by the Londoners.
pearing of his ghost.
Norman. The first scene may begin
at Brentford ; with his combat with Cu-1 friend, unfortunately drowned in his passage nule.
from Chester on the Irish seas, 1637. And by xcii. Edmund Ironside murder'd by Edrick the
occasion foretells the ruin of our corrupted traitor, and reveng'd by Canute.
clergy, then in their height. xciii. Gunilda, daughter to king Canute and
(Edward King, the subject of this Monody, Emma, wife to Henry III. emperour, was the son of sir John King, knight, secretary accus'e of inchastitie; defended by her
for Ireland, under queen Elizabeth, James the English page in combat against a giant first, and Charles the first. He was sailing like adversary; who by him at tuo blows
from Chester to Ireland, on a visit to his is slaine, &c. Speed in the life of Ca
frieuds and relations in that country: these nute.
were, his brother sir Robert King, knight; xciv. Hardiknute dying in his cups: an exam
and his sisters, Anne wife of sir George Caulple to riot.
field lord Claremont, and Margaret, abovexcv. Edward the Confessor's divorsing and im
mentioned, wife of sir George Loder, chief prisoning his noble wife Editha, God justice of Ireland; Edward King bishop of win's daughter. Wherin is showed his
Elphin, by whom he was baptized; and Wils over-affection to strangers, the cause
liam Chappel, then dean of Cashel, and proof Godwin's insurrection. Wherein
vost of Dublin college, who had been his tutor Godwin's forbearance of battel, prajs'd;
at Christ's college Cambridge, and was aftere and the English moderation on both
wards bishop of Cork and Ross, and in this passides, magnifi'd. His [Edward's] slack
toral is probably the same person that is styled nesse to redresse the corrupt clergie,
old Damoetas, v. 36. When, in calm weather, and superstitious prætence of chas
not far from the English coast, the ship, a very crazy vessel, a fatal and perfidious bark, struck on a rock, and suddenly sunk to the bottom with all that were on board, not one escaping, Aug. 10, 1637. King was now only twenty
five years old. He was perhaps a native of Ire. SCOTCH STORIES, OR RATHER BRI
land. TISH OF THE NORTH PARTS
At Cambridge, he was distinguished for his piety,
and proficiency in polite literature. He has
no inelegant copy of Latin iambics prefixed to xcvi. Athirco slain by Natholochus, whose a Latin comedy called Senile Odium, acted at
daughter's he had ravish'l; and this Na Queen's college, Cambridge, by the youth of
Nec flagra Megæræ ferrea horrendum into xcvii. Duife and Donwald. A strange story
Venena nulla, præter illa dulcia
sons that were at ploce, running !o the bat Casti lepores, innocua festivitas,
Public Verses of his time. He has a copy of | What could the Muse herself that Orpheus bore,
To tend the homely, slighted, shepherd's trade,
Aud strictly meditate the thankless Muse?
Were it not better done, as others use,
To sport with Amaryllis in the shade,
Or with the tangles of Neæra's hair?
Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
(That last infirmity of noble mind)
To scorn delights and live laborious days;
But the fair guerdon when we hope to find,
And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears,
And slits the thin-spun life. “ But not the Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.
praise,” He must not foat upon bis watery bier
Phoebus replied, and touch'd my trembling ears; Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,
“ Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil, Without the meed of some melodious tear.
Nor in the glistering foil
Set off to the world, nor in broad rumour lies :
But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes, Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string.
| And perfect witness of all-judging Jove; 81 Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse :
As he pronounces lastly on each deed,
Of so much fame in Heaven expect thy meed.”
O fountain Arethuse, and thou honour'd food,
Smooth-sliding Mincius, crown'd with vocal reeds!
That strain I heard was of a higher mood:
But now my oat proceeds,
And listens to the herald of the sea
That came in Neptune's plea;
90 Under the opening eye-lids of the Morn,
He ask'd the waves, and ask'd the felon winds, We drove afield, and both together heard
What hard mishap bath doom'd this gentle swain? What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn,
And question'd every gust of rugged wings • Battening our flocks with the fresh dews of night,
That blows from off each beaked promontory :
They knew not of his story;
And sage Hippotades their answer brings,
That not a blast was from his dungeon stray'd;
The air was calin, and on the level brine
Sleek Panope with all her sisters play'd.
It was that fatal and perfidious bark,
Built in the eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark,
That sunk so low that sacred head of thice.
· Next Camus, reverend sire, went footing slow, Now thou art gone, and never must return !
His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge,
Inwrought with figures dim, and on the edge
Like to that sanguine flower inscrib'd with woe. grown,
“Ah! who hath reft" (quoth he)" my dearest And all their echoes mourn :
Last came, and last did go.
(pledge?" The willows, and the hazel copses green,
The pilot of the Galilean lake;
Two massy keys he bore of metals twain, 110
(The golden opes, the iron shuts amain,) As killing as the canker to the rose,
He shook his miter'd locks, and stern bespake: Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,
“ How well could I have spar'd for thee young
Enow of such, as for their bellies' sake
Creep, and intrude, and climb into the fold?
Of other care they little reckoning make,
Than how to scrainble at the shearers' feast,
| And shove away the worthy bidden guest;
Blind mouths! that scarce themselves know how Where your old bards, the famous Druids, lie,
to hold Nor on the shaggy top of Mona high,
A sheep-hook, or have learn'd aught else the least Nor yet where Deva spreads her wizard stream:
That to the faithful herdman's art belongs ! 121 Ay me! I fondly dream!
done | What recks it them? What need they? They Had ye been there for what could that have