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contrast to the extracts with which we have thought it necessary to occupy the former part of this article. The dawn of the mysteries indeed was misty and obscure, their meridian was little less so, but in the eventide of their existence the mists and clouds cleared off, and they set in a glorious flood of golden light, which illuminated the sky long after their departure.
The moralities, as well as those compositions which partially or not at all partook of their nature, were occasionally denominated Interludes. It was originally our intention to have comprised in this article the plays or interludes of John Heywood, published so early as 1533; but, considering that they do not in fact belong either to the class of mysteries or moralities, although there is as little pretence to class them with the regular drama, we have thought it best to postpone our notice of them to the succeeding number-more especially as he was amongst the first who left the old beaten track of the mysteries and moralities, and attempted to delineate real characters and living manners. In our next article on this subject, we shall, after a few preliminary remarks and extracts, enter upon the pleasant discussion of the first specimens of our regular dramatic litera
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