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vi. Thamar Cuophorusa. Where Juda is found to have been the author of that crime, which he condemned in Tamar: Tamar excus'd in what she attempted. vii. The golden Calfe, or The Massacre in Horeb. viii. The 2uails. Num. xi. ix. The Murmurers. Num. xiv. x. Corah, Dathan, &c. Num. xvi, xvii. xi. Moabitides. Num. xxv. [See No. lv. below.] xii. Achan. Joshue vii and viii. xiii. Josuah in Gibeon. Josh. x. xiv. Gideon Idoloclastes. Judg. vi., vii. xv. Gideon pursuing. Judg. viii. xvi. Abimelech the Usurper. Judg. ix. xvii. Samses MARRIING, or in Ramach Lechi. Judg. xv. xviii. SAM son Punsophonus, or Hybrisles, or Dagonalia. Judg. xvi. xix. Comazontes, or The Benjaminites, or The Rioters. Judg. xix., xx, xxi. xx. Theristria, a Pastoral, out of Ruth. xxi. Eliadae, Hophni and Phinehas. I Sam. i, ii, iii, iv. Beginning with the first overthrow of Israel by the Philistines; interlac't with Samuel's vision concerning Elie's family. xxii. Jonathan rescued. I Sam. xiv. xxiii. Doeg slandering. I Sam. xxii. xxiv. The sheep-shearers in Carmel, a Pastoral. I Sam. xxv. xxv. Saul in Gilboa. I Sam. xxviii, xxxi. xxvi. David revolted. I Sam. from the xxvii chap. to the xxxi. xxvii. David adulterous. Il Sam. c. xi, xii. xxviii. Tamar. II Sain. xiii. xxix. Achitophel. II Sam. xv, xvi, xvii, xviii. xxx. Adoniah. I Reg. ii. xxxi. Solomon Gynaecocratumenus, or Idolomargus, aut Thysiazusae. I Reg. xi. xxxii. Rehoboam. I Reg. xii. Wher is disputed of a politic religion. xxxiii. Abias Thersarus. I Reg. xiv. The queen, after much dispute, as the last refuge, sent to the profet Ahias of Shilo; receavs the message. The Epitasis, in that shee, hearing the child shall die, as she comes home, refuses to return, thinking thereby to elude the oracle.

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Apocalypse of Saint John is the majestic image of a high and stately tragedy, shutting up and intermingling her solemn scenes and acts with a seven-fold chorus of hallelujahs and harping symphonies.” Prose-Works, edit. 1698, vol. i. 61. TODD. * So they are termed in Milton's MS. Those, which relate to Paradise Lost, have been given at tue end of that poem. * TODL).

The former part is spent in bringing the sick prince forth as it were desirous to shift his chamber and couch, as dying men use; his father telling him what sacrifize he had sent for his health to Bethel and Dan; his fearlessnesse of death, and putting his father in mind to set [send] to Ahiah. The Chorus of the Elders of Israel bemoning his virtues bereft them, and at another time wondring why Jeroboam, being bad himself, should so grieve for his son that was good, &c.

xxxiv. Imbres, or The Showers. xix.

xxxv. Naboth rvoy; arréatyo;. I Reg. xxi.

xxxvi. Ahab, I Reg. xxii. Beginning at the synod of fals profets: ending with relation of Ahab's death : his bodie brought. Zedechiah slain by Ahab's friends for his seducing. (See Lavater, II Chron. xviii.)

xxxvii. Elias in the mount. II Reg. i. 'optigarst. Or, better, Elias Polemastes. xxxviii. Elisarus Hudrocháos. 11 Reg. iii. Hudro

phantes. Aquator.

I Reg. xviii,

xxxix. Elisarus Adorodocetas. *" xl. Elisarus Minutes, sive in Dothaimis. II Reg. vi.

xli. Samaria Liberata. II Reg. vii.

xlii. Achabari Cunoborameni. II Reg. ix. The Scene, Jesrael. Beginning, from the watchman's discovery of Jehu, till he go out. In the mean while, message of things passing brought to Jesebel, &c. Lastly, the 70 heads of Ahab's sons brought in, and message brought of Ahaziah's brethren slain on the way.

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xlv. Amaziah Doryalotus. Chron. xxv. xlvi. He techias troxtetxàaste;. II Reg. xviii, xix. Hesechia beseiged. The wicked hypocrisy of Shebna, (spoken of in the xi. or thereabout of Isaiah, ) and the commendation of Eliakim will afford ā;igua, x{yu,together with a faction that sought help from Egypt. xlvii. Josiah Atxoomenos. II Reg. xxiii. xlviii. 2edechia woots; £av. II Reg. But the story is larger in Jeremiah. xlix. Salumsy Halosis. Which may begin from a message brought to the city, of the judgement upon Zedechiah and his children in Ribla : and so seconded with the burning and destruction of city and temple by Nebuzaradan; lamented by Jeremsah. 1. Asa, or Æthiopes. II Chron. xiv. with the deposing his mother, and burning her idol. li. The three children. Dan. iii. lii. Abram from Morea, or Isaac redeemThe oiconomie may be thus. The fift or sixt day after Abraham's departure. Eleazar (Abram's steward) first alone, and then with the Chorus, dis

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course of Abraham's strange voiage, thire mistresse sorrow and perplexity, accompanied with frightfull dreams; and tell the manner of his rising by night, taking his servants and his son with him. Next may come forth Sarah herself. After the Chorus, or Ismael, or Agar. Next some shepheard or companie of merchants, passing through the mount in the time that Abram was in the mid-work, relate to Sarah what they saw. Hence lamentations, fears, wonders. The matter in the mean while divulg'd, Aner, or Eschol, or Mamre, Abram's confederats, come to the house of Abram to be more certaine, or to bring news; in the mean while discoursing, as the world would, of such an action, divers ways; bewayling the fate of so noble a man faln from his reputation, either through divin justice or superstition, or coveting to doe some notable act through zeal. At length a servant, sent from Abram, relates the truth; and last he himselfe comes in with a great traine of Melchizedec's, whose shepheards, beeing secretlye witnesses of all passages, had related to their master, and he conducted his friend Abraham home with joy.

liii. Baptistes. The Scene, the Court.

Beginning, From the morning of Hero'ds birth-day. ... In thema. Herod, by some; er persuaded "on his birthmay plot, inder day to release John Bappra ense of beg- i. H. i. i. i. tist, purposes it, causes :::::... him to be sent for to court to on are by from prison. The queen

::::::" " hears of it, takes occasion to passe wher he is, on purpose, that, under praetense of reconsiling to him, or seeking to draw a kind retractation from him of the censure on the marriage; to which end she sends a courtier before, to sound whether he might be persuaded to mitigate his sentence; which not finding, she herself craftily assays; and on his constancie, founds an accusation to Herod of a contumacious affront, on such a day, before many peers; praepares the king to some passion, and at last by her daughter's dancing, effects it. There may prologize the spirit of Philip, Herod's irother. It may also be thought that Herod had well bedev'd himself with wine, which made him grant the easier to his wive's daughter. Some of his disciples also, as to congratulate his liberty, may be brought in ; with whom, after certain command of his death, many compassionating words of his disciples, bewayling his youth cut off in his glorious cours; he telling them his work is don, and wishing them to follow Christ his maister.

liv, Sodom. The title, Cupid's funeral pile;

Sodom burning. The Scene before Lot's gate. The Chorus, consisting of Lot's shepherds come to the citty about some affairs, await in the evening thire muaister's return from his evening walk toward the citty gates. He brings with him two young men, or youths, of noble form. After likely discourses, præpares for thire entertainment. By then supper is ended, the gallantry of the towne passe by in procession, with music and song, to the temple of Venus Urania or Peor; and, understanding of tow noble strangers arriv'd, they send 2 of thire choysest youth, with the priest, to invite them to thire cituy solemnities; it beeing an honour that thire citty had decreed to all fair personages, as beeing sacred to their goddess. The angels being ask’t by the priest whence they are, say they are of Salem; the priest inveighs against the strict reign of Melchisedec. Lot, that knows thire drift, answers thwartly at last. Of which notice given to the whole assembly, they hasten thither, taxe him of praesumption, singularity, breach of city-customs; in fine, offer violence. The Chorus of shepheards praepare resistance in thire maister's defence; calling the rest of the serviture: but, being forc’t to give back, the angels open the dore, rescue Lot, discover themselves, warne him together his friends and sons in law out of the city. He goes, and returns; as having met with some incredulous. Some other freind or son in law (out of the way when Lot came to his house) overtakes him to know his buisnes. Heer is disputed of incredulity of divine judgements, and such like inatters. At last is described the parting from the citty. The Chorus depart with their maister. The angels doe the deed with all dreadful execution. The king and nobles of the citty may come forth, and serve to set out the terror. A Chorus of angels concluding, and the angels relating the event of Lot's jourmey, and of his wife. The first Chorus, beginning, may relate the course of the citty; each evening every one, with mistresso or Ganymed, gitterning along the streets, or solacing on the banks of Jordan, or down the stream. At the priests' inviting the angels to the solemnity, the angels, pittying their beauty, may dispute of love, and how it differs from lust; secking to win them. In the last scene, to the king and nobles, when the fierce thunder begins aloft, the angel appeares all girt with flames, which, he saith, are the flames of true love, and tells the king, who falls down with terrour, his just suffering, as also Athane's, that is,Gener, Lot's*

in law, for despising the continual ad- martyr'd by Hinguar the Dane. See monitions of Lot. Then, calling to the Speed, L. viii, C. ii. thunders, lightning, and fires, he bids lxxii. Sigbert, tyrant of the West-Saxons, them heare the call and command of slaine by a swinheard. God, to come and destroy a godlesse lxxiii. Edmund,brother of Athelstan, slaine by a mation. He brings them down with theese at his owne table. Malmesb. some short warning to other nations to lxxiv. Edwin, son to Edward the younger, for take heed. lust depriv'd of his kingdom, or rather by dv. Moabitides, or Phineas. The epitasis faction of monks, whome he hated; togewhereof may lie in the contention, first, ther [with] the impostor Dunstan. between the father of Zimri and Elea- lxxv. Edward, son of Edgar, murder'd by his zer, whether he sought] to have slain step-mother. To which may be inserthis 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 lxxvii. Ceaulin, 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. ven 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 betraies, 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 receav noble expres- determine superfluous points, which by sions. * , them were refused, lvii. Christ born. lxxix. Edwin, by vision, promis'd the kingdom of liii. Herod massacring, or Rachel weeping. Northumberland on promise of his converMatt. ii. sion; and therein establish't by Rodoald, lxix. Christ bound. king of [the] East-Angles. lx. Christ crucift'd. lxxx. Oswin, king of Deira, sluine by Oswie lxi. Christ risen. his friend, king of Bernitia, through inb.ii. Lazarus. John, xi. stigation of flatterers. See Holinsh. p. 115.

lxxxi. Sigibert, of the East-Angles, keeping

companie with a person excommunicated,

slaine by the same man in his house, acBRITISH TRAGEDIES, oft's a to two cau, a sotold, b.iii. The cloister-king Constans set up by | boxxii. Egfride, king ofthe Northumbers, slaine Vortiger. Venutius, husband to Car- in battle against the Picts; having betismandua. Jore wasted Ireland, and made warre for lxiv. Vortiger poison'd by Roena. - no reason on men that ever lov'd the Enlxv. Vortiger immur'd. Vortiger marrying glish; forewarn’d also by Cuthbert not Roena. See Speed. Reproov’d by Vo- to fight with the Picts. din, archbishop of London. Speed. lxxxiii. Kinewulf, king of the West-Saxons, The massacre of the Britains by Hengist slaine by Kineard in the house of one of in thire cups at Salisbury plaine. his concubins. Malmsbury. lxxxiv. Gunthildis, the Danish ladie, with her lxvi. Sighes, 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 Offa the Mercian. See Holinsh. L. vi. Danes at Oxford. Speed. C. v. Speed, in the life of Offa, and lxxxv. Brightrick, [king] of [the] West-Saxons,

... Ethelbert. poyson’d by his wife Ethelburge, Offa's loviii. 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.

lxix, Wulfer slaying his tow sons for beeing Speed in Bithrick. Christians. 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. lxxxvii. Athelstan exposing his brother Edwin to

boxi, Edmund, last king of the East-Angles, the sea, and repenting,

lxxxviii. Edgar slaying Ethelwold for false play in wooing. Wherein may be set out his pride, and lust, which he thought to close by favouring monks and building monasteries. Also the disposition of woman in Elfrida towards her husband. [Peck proposes, and justly, I think, to read cloke-instead of close.] Swane beseidging London, and Ethelred repuls’t by the Londoners. Harold slaine in battel, by William the Norman. The first scene may begin with the ghost of Alfred, the second son of Ethelred, slaine in cruel manner by Godwin, Harold's father; his mother and brother dissuading him. Edmund Ironside defeating the Danes at Brentsord; with his combat with Canute. Edmund Ironside murder'd by Edrick the traitor, and reveng'd by Canute. Gunilda, daughter to king Canute and Emma, wife to Henry III. emperour, accus’d of inchastilie; defended by her English page in combat against a giantdike adversary; who by him at two blows is slaine, &c. Speed in the life of Canute. Hardiknute dying in his cups: an example to riot. Edward the Confessor's divorsing and imprisoning his noble wife Editha, Godtwin's daughter. Wherin is showed his over-affection to strangers, the cause of Godwin's insurrection. Wherein Godwin's forbearance of battel, prais'd; and the English moderation on both sides, magnifi'd. His [Edward's] slacknesse to redresse the corrupt clergie, and superstitious pretence of chastitie.

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tholocus, usurping thereon the kingdom, seeks to slay the kindred of Athirco, who scape him and conspire against him. He sends a witch to know the event. The witch tells the messenger, that he is the man, that shall slay Natholocus. He detests it; but, in his journie home, changes his mind, and performs it. Scotch Chron. English. p. 68, 69. Luise and Ponwald. A strange story of witchcraft and murder discover'd and reveng’d. Scotch story, 149 &c. Haie, the plowman, who, with his two sons that were at plow, running to the battell that was between the Scots and Ianes in the nert fied, staid the fish of his countrymen, renew'd the battell, and

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In this Monopy, the author bewails a learned friend, unfortunately drowned in his passage from Chester on the Irish seas, 1637. And by occasion foretells the ruin of our corrupted clergy, then in their height. [Edward King, the subject of this Monody, was the son of sir John King, knight, secretary for Ireland, under queen Elizabeth, James the first, and Charles the first. He was sailing from Chester to Ireland, on a visit to his friends and relations in that country: these were, his brother sir Robert King, knight; and his sisters, Anne wife of sir George Caulfield lord Claremont, and Margaret, abovementioned, wife of sir George Loder, chief justice of Ireland; Edward King bishop of Elphin, by whom he was baptized ; and William Chappel, then dean of Cashel, and provost of Dublin college, who had been his tutor at Christ's college Cambridge, and was afterwards bishop of Cork and Ross, and in this pastoral is probably the same person that is styled old Damoetas, v. 36. When, in calm weather, 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. years old. He was perhaps a native of Ireand.

At Cambridge, he was distinguished for his piety, and proficiency in polite literature. He has no inelegant copy of Latin iambics prefixed to a Latin comedy called Senile Odium, acted at Queen's college, Cambridge, by the youth of that society, and written by P. Hausted, Cantab. 1633. 12mo. From which I select these lines, as containing a judicious satire on the false taste, and the customary mechanical or unnatural expedients, of the drama that then subsisted.

Non hic cothurni sanguine insonti rubent,
Nec flagra Megaerae ferrea horrendum into-
nant ;
Noverca nulla sævior Frebo furit;
Venena mulla, praeter illa dulcia
Ainoris; atque his vim abstulere noxiam
Casti lepores, innocua festivitas,
Nativa suavitas, proba elegantia, &c.”

He also appears with credit in the Cambridge

Public Verses of his time. He has a copy of
Latin iambics, in the Anthologia on the
King's Recovery, Cantab. 1632, 4to. p. 43.
Of Latin elegiacs, in the Genethliacum Acad.
Cantabrig. Ibid. 1631. 4to. p. 39. Of Latin
iambics in Rer Redur, Ibid. 1633. 4to. p. 14.
See also zTNmAIA, from Cambridge, Ibid.
1637, 4to. Sigmat. C. 3..]

YET once more, O ye laurels, and once more Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never-sere, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude: And, with forc'd fingers rude, Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year: Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear, Compels me to disturb your season due : For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer : Who would not sing for Lycidas? he knew Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme. He must not float upon his watery bier Unwept, and welter to the parching wind, ` Without the meed of some melodious tear. Begin then, Sisters of the sacred well, That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring; Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string. Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse: So may some gentle Muse With lucky words favour my destin'd urn; 30 And, as he passes, turn, And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud. For we were nurs'd upon the self-same hill, Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade, and rill.


Together both, ere the high lawns appear'd

Under the opening eye-lids of the Morn, We drove afield, and both together heard What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horm, 3attening our flocks with the fresh dews of night, Oft till the star, that rose, at evening bright, 30 Toward Heaven's descent had slop'd his wester- ing wheel. Mean while the rural ditties were not mute, Temper'd to the oaten flute; Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Fauns with cloven heel From the glad sound would not be absent long; And old Damo-tas lov'd to hear our song. But, O the heavy change, now thou art gone, Now thou art gone, and never must return 1 "Thee, shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown, And all their echoes mourn : The willows, and the hazel copses green, Shall now no more be seen Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays. As killing as the canker to the rose, Ortaint-worm to the weanling herds that graze, Or frost to flowers, that their gay wardrobe wear, When first the white-thorn blows; Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherds' ear. Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorseless deep Clos'd o'er the head of your lov'd Lycidas? For neither were ye playing on the steep, Where your old bards, the famous Druids, lie, i. the shaggy top of Mona high, Nor yet where Deva spreads her wizard stream: Ay me ! I fondly dream' dome 2 Had ye been there—for what could that have


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What could the Muse herself that Orpheus bore, The Muse herself, for her enchanting son, Whom universal Nature did lament, 60. When, by the rout that made the hideous roar, His goary visage down the stream was sent, Down the swift Hebrus to the Lesbian shore? " Alas! what boots it with incessant care To tend the homely, slighted, shepherd's trade, And 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 Neaera's hair Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) 71 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 praise,” Phoebus replied, and touch'd my trembling ears; “Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil, Nor in the glistering foil Set off to the world, nor in broad rumour lies: But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes, And perfect witness of all-judging Jove; As he pronounces lastly on each deed, Of so much fame in Heaven expect thy meed.” O fountain Arethuse, and thou honour'd flood, 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 plca; He ask'd the waves, and ask'd the felon winds, What hard mishap hath doom'd this gentle swain? And question'd every gust of rugged wings 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 calm, and on the level brine Sleek Panope with all her sisters play’d. It was that fatal and perfidious bark, 100 Built in the eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark, That sunk so low that sacred head of thine. Next Camus, reverend sire, went footing slow, His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge, Inwrought with figures din, and on the edge Like to that sanguine flower inscrib'd with woe. “Ah! who hath reft “(quoth he)” my dearest Last came, and last did go, pledge?” The pilot of the Galilean lake; Two massy keys he bore of metals twain, (The golden opes, the iron shuts amain,) He shook his miter'd locks, and stern bespake: “How well could I have spard for thee young swain, Enow of such, as for their bellies' sake Creep, and intrude, and climb into the fold 2 Of other care they little reckoning make, Than how to scramble at the shearers' feast, And shove away the worthy bidden guest; Blind mouths' that scarce themselves know how to hold A sheep-hook, or have learn'daught else the least That to the faithful herdman's art belongs! 121 What recks it them? What need they? They are sped;


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