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ment of the traitor Edrick in 30. Edmund Ironside murking Ethelred's days. Holinshed, dered by Edrick the traitor, and 1. vii. c. 5. together with the revenged by Canute. massacre of the Danes at Oxford. 31. Gunilda, daughter to king Speed.
Canute and Emma, wife to 23. Brightrick of West-Saxons Henry the third Emperor, acpoisoned by his wife Ethelburge, cused of inchastity, is defended Offa's daughter, who dies mise- by her English page in combat rably also in beggary after adul- against a giant-like adversary; tery in a nunnery. Speed in who by him at two blows is slain, Bithrick.
&c. Speed in the Life of Canute. 24. Alfred in disguise of a 32. Hardiknute dying in his minstrel discovers the Danes' cups, an example to riot. negligence, sets on with a mighty 33. Edward Confessor's dislaughter ; about the same time vorcing and imprisoning his noble the Devonshire men rout Hubba, wife Editha, Godwin's daughter; and slay him.
wherein is shewed his over-afA Heroical poem may be fection to strangers, the cause founded somewhere in Alfred's of Godwin's insurrection, wherereign, especially at his issuing in Godwin's forbearance of battle out of Edelingsey on the Danes, praised, and the English modewhose actions are well like those ration on both sides magnified. of Ulysses.
His slackness to redress the cor2:. Althestan exposing his bro- rupt clergy, and superstitious ther Edwin to the sea, and re- pretence of chastity. penting.
26. Edgar slaying Ethelwold ABRAM FROM MOREA, OR Isaac for false play in wooing, wherein
REDEEMAN, may be set out his pride, lust, The æconomy may be thus. which he thought to close by The fifth or sixth day after Abrafavouring Monks and building ham's departure, Eleazer, AMonasteries: also the disposition bram's steward, first alune, and of woman in Elfrida toward her then with the Chorus, discourse husband.
· of Abraham's strange voyage, 27. Swane besieging London, their mistress' sorrow and perand Ethelred repulsed by the plexity accompanied with frightLondoners.
ful dreams; and tell the manner 28. Harold slain in battle by of his rising by night, taking his William the Norman. The first servants and his son with him. scene may begin with the ghost Next may come forth Sarah herof Alfred, the second son of self; after the Chorus, or Ismael, Ethelred, slain in cruel manner or Agar; next some shepherd or by Godwin, Harold's father, his company of merchants passing mother and brother dissuading through the mount in the time him.
that Abram was in the mid-work, 29. Edmund Ironside defeat relate to Sarah what they saw. ing the Danes at Brentford, with Hence lamentation, fears, wonhis combat with Canute.
ders: the mutter in the mean
while divulged. Aner, or Esch- many peers, prepares the king col, or Mamre, Abram's confede- to some passion, and at last by rates, come to the house of Abram her daughter's dancing effects it. to be more certain, or to bring There may prologize the Spirit news; in the mean while disa of Philip, Herod's brother. It coursing as the world would of may also be thought, that Herod such an action divers ways, be- had well bedewed himself with wailing the fate of so noble a wine, which made him grant man fallen from his reputation, the easier to his wife's daughter. either through divine justice, or Some of his disciples also, as to superstition, or covering to do congratulate his liberty, may be some notable act through zeal. brought in, with whom after At length a servant sent from certain command of his death Abram relates the truth; and many compassioning words of last he himself comes with a his disciples, bewailing his youth great train of Melchizedeck, cut off in his glorious course, he whose shepherds being secret telling them his work is done, eye-witnesses of all passages had and wishing them to follow related to their master, and he Christ his master, conducted his friend Abraham home with joy.
The title, Cupid's funeral pile. BAPTISTES. .
Sodom burning. The Scene, the Court. The Scene before Lot's gate. Beginning from the morning of The Chorus consists of Lot's
Herod's birth-day. shepherds, coming to the city Herod by some counsellor about some affairs, await in the persuaded on his birth-day to evening their master's return release John Baptist, purposes from his evening walk toward it, causes him to be sent for to the city gates. He brings with the court from prison. The him two young men or youths Queen hears of it, takes occasion of noble form. After likely disto pass where he is, on purpose, courses prepares for their enterthat under pretence of reconciling tainment. By then supper is to him, or seeking to draw a ended, the gallantry of the town kind retraction from him of his pass by in procession with music censure on the marriage; to and song to the temple of Venus which end she sends a courtier Urania or Peor, and understandbefore to sound whether he ing of two noble strangers armight be persuaded to mitigate rived, they send two of their his sentence, which not finding, choicest youth with the priest to she herself craftily assays, and invite them to their city solem. on his constancy founds an accu- nities, it being an honour that sation to Herod of a contuma. their city had decreed to all fair cious affront on such a day before personages, as being sacred to
• Or else the Queen may plot under pretence of begging for his liberty, to seek to draw him into a snare by his freedon, or spcech.
their Goddess. The angels being seeking to win them. In the asked by the priest whence they last scene, to the king and noare, say they are of Salem; the bles, when the fierce thunders priest inveighs against the strict begin aloft, the angel appears all reign of Melchizedeck. Lot, girt with flames, which he saith that knows their drift, answers are the flames of true love, and thwartly at last, of which notice tells the king, who falls down given to the whole assembly, with terror, his just suffering, as they hasten thither, tax him of also Athane's, i. e. Gener, Lot's presumption, singularity, breach son-in-law, for despising the conof city customs; in fine, after tinual admonitions of Lot: then violence, the Chorus of shep- calling to the thunders, lightherds prepare resistance in their nings, and fires, he bids them master's defence, calling the rest hear the call and command of of the serviture; but being God to come and destroy a god. forced to give back, the angels less nation : he brings them down open the door, rescue Lot, dis- with some short warning to other cover theinselves, warn him to nations to take heed. gather his friends and sons-in- Christ born. law out of the city. He goes Herod massacreing, or Rachel and returas, as having met with weeping, Matt. ii. some incredulous. Some other
Christ bound. friend or son-in-law out of the
Christ crucified. way, when Lot came to his house,
Christ risen. overtakes him to know his busi
Lazarus. John xi. ness. Here is disputed of incredulity of divine judgments, and ADAM UNPARADISED. such like matter: at last is de The angel Gabriel either described the parting from the city; scending or entering, shewing, the Chorus depart with their since this globe was created, his master; the angels do the deed frequency as much on earth, as with all dreadful execution; the in heaven: describes Paradise. king and nobles of the city may Next the Chorus shewing the come forth, and serve to set out reason of his coming to keep the terror; a Chorus of angels his watch in Paradise after Luconcluding, and the angels relat- cifer's rebellion, by command ing the event of Lot's journey from God, and withal expressing and of his wife. The first Cho. his desire to see and know more rus beginning, may relate the concerning this excellent new course of the city each evening creature, Man. The angel Gaevery one with mistress or Gany- briel, as by his name signifying mede, gitterning along the streets, a prince of power, tracing Paraor solacing on the banks of Jor- dise with a more free office, passes dan, or down the stream. At by the station of the Chorus, and the priest's inviting the angels desired by them relates what he to the solemnity, the angels pity- knew of Man, as the creation of ing their beauty may dispute of Eve, with their love and marlove, and how it differs from lust, riage. After this Lucifer ap
pears after his overthrow, be- SCOTCH STORIES, of rather moans himself, seeks revenge on British of the North parts. Man. The Chorus prepare re- Athirco slain by Natholochus, sistance at his first approach. At whose daughter he had ravished. last, after discourse of enmity on and this Ñatholochus usurping either side, he departs; whereat thereon the kingdom, seeks to the Chorus sings of the battle, slay the kindred of Athirco, who and victory in heaven against scape him, and conspire against him and his accomplices; as be- him. He sends to a witch to fore, after the first act, was sung know the event. The witch tells a hymn of the creation. Here the messenger, that he is the again may appear Lucifer relat- man shall slay Natholochus: he ing and insulting in what he had detests it, but in his journey done to the destruction of Man. home changes his mind, and Man next, and Eve having by performs it. Scotch Chron. Eng. this time been seduced by the lish, p. 68, 69. serpent, appears confusedly co- Duffe and Donwald, a strange vered with leaves. Conscience story of witchcraft, and murder in a shape accuses him, Justice discovered and revenged. Scotch cites him to the place, whither Story, 149, &c. Jehovah called for him. In the Haie, the Ploughman, who mean while the Chorus enter with his two sons that were at tains the stage, and is informed plough running to the battle that by some angel the manner of his
was between the Scots and Danes fall. Here the Chorus bewails in the next field, stayed the flight Adam's fall. Adam then and of his countrymen, renewed the Eve return, accuse one another, battle, and caused the victory, but especially Adam lays the &c. Scotch Story, p. 155. blame to his wife, is stubborn in Kenneth, who having privily his offence. Justice appears; poisoned Malcolm Duffe, that reasons with him, convinces him. his own son might succeed, is The Chorus admonisheth Adam, slain by Fenella. Scotch Hist. and bids him beware Lucifer's
p. 157, 158, 8c. example of impenitence. The !"
Macbeth, beginning at the arangel is sent to banish them out rivals
rival of Malcolm at Mackduffe. of Paradise; but before causes
The matter of Duncan may be to pass before his eyes in shapes
expressed by the appearing of a Mask of all the evils of this life
his ghost. and world. He is humbled, relents, despairs; at last appears Mercy, comforts him, promises
MOABITINES OR PHINEAS. the Messiah; then calls in Faith, The Epitasis whereof may lie Hope, and Charity; instructs in the contention, first between him; he repents, gives God the the father of Zimri and Eleazer, glory, submits to his penalty. whether he [ought] to have slain The Chorus briefly concludes. his son without law: next, the Compare this with the former ambassadors of the Moabites exdraught.
postulating about Cosbi, a stran
ger and a noble woman slain by CHRISTUS Patiens. Phineas. It may be argued The scene in the garden beabout reformation and punish- ginning from the coming thither ment illegal, and, as it were, till Judas betrays, and the offi. by tumult: after all arguments cers lead him away. The rest driven home, then the word of by message and Chorus. His the Lord may be brought acquit- agony may receive noble exting and approving Phineas. pressions.