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and Amintas, and Amarillis. My leading design has been, to illustrate what may be called the moral sense of our ancestors. To show in what manner they felt, when they placed themselves by the power of imagination in trying situations, in the conflicts of duty and passion, or the strife of contending duties ; what sort of loves and enmities theirs were; how their griefs were tempered, and their full-swoln joys abated : how much of Shakspeare shines in the great men his contemporaries, and how far in his divine mind and manners he surpassed them and all mankind.

Another object which I had in making these selections was, to bring together the most admired scenes in Fletcher and Massinger, in the estimation of the world the only dramatic poets of that age who are entitled to be considered after Shakspeare, and to exhibit them in the same volume with the more impressive scenes of old Marlowe, Heywood, Tourneur, Webster, Ford, and others. To show what we have slighted, while beyond all proportion we have cried up one or two favourite names.

The specimens are not accompanied with anything in the shape of biographical notices'. I had nothing of consequence to add to the slight sketches in Dodsley and the Biographia Dramatica, and I was unwilling to swell the volume with mere transcription. The reader will not fail to observe, from the frequent instances of two or more persons joining in the omposition of the same play (the noble practice of those times), that of most of the writers contained in these selec.. tions it may be strictly said, that they were contemporaries. The whole period, from the middle of Elizabeth's reign to the close of the reign of Charles I., comprises a space of little more than half a century, within which time nearly all that we have of excellence in serious dramatic composition was produced, if we except the Samson Agonistes of Milton.

CHARLES LAMB. 1808.

1 The few notes which are interspersed will be found to be chiefly critical

The present new edition contains, in addition to what is indicated in the above preface, CHARLES LAMB's Extracts from the Garrick Plays, first published in Hone's Table Book, and now reprinted here by permission.

H. G. B.

TABLE OF REFERENCE TO THE EXTRACTS.

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Page THOMAS SACKVILLE AND

Bussy d'Ambois.

78 THOMAS NORTON. Page Byron's Conspiracy

82 Gorboduc.

1
Byron's Tragedy

85 THOMAS KYD.

THOMAS HEYWOOD. Spanish Tragedy

5 A Challenge for Beauty 88 GEORGE PEELE.

The Royal King and the Loyal
David and Bethsabe

12
Subject

93

A Woman Kill'd with KindCHRISTOPHER MARLOWE.

ib. Lust's Dominion

14 The English Traveller 100 First part of Tamburlaine 16 Edward II.

18

THOMAS HEYWOOD AND The Rich Jew of Malta

26

RICHARD BROOME. Doctor Faustus

28 The Late Lancashire Witches 106 ROBERT TAYLOR.

THOMAS MIDDLETON AND The Hog hath Lost his Pearl 37 WILLIAM ROWLEY.

A Fair Quarrel.

110 ANTHONY BREWER. Lingua

43

WILLIAM ROWLEY.
All's Lost by Lust

122
AUTHORS UNCERTAIN.
A New Wonder .

127 Nero .

44 The Merry Devil of Edmonton 45 THOMAS MIDDLETON.

Women Beware Women 134 JOSEPH COOKE.

More Dissemblers besides
Green's Tu Quoque .

49
Women.

139 THOMAS DECKER.

No Wit Help like a Woman's. 141 Old Fortunatus 50 The Witch.

143 First part of the Honest Whore 57

WILLIAM ROWLEY, THOMAS Second part of the Honest Whore ib. Satiromastix

59

DECKER, JOHN FORD, ETC.

The Witch of Edmonton . . 153
THOMAS DECKER AND

CYRIL TOURNEUR.
JOHN WEBSTER.
The Atheist’s Tragedy .

156 Westward Hoe

63

The Revenger's Tragedy 158 JOHN MARSTON.

JOHN WEBSTER. Antonio and Mellida 64 The Devil's Law Case

171 Antonio's Revenge 66 Appius and Virginia

174 The Malcontent 70 Duchess of Malfy

. 177 The Wonder of Women 71 The White Devil

189 The Insatiate Countess

73

JOHN FORD. What You Will .

74

The Lover's Melancholy 203
GEORGE CHAPMAN.
The Ladies' Trial

205 Cæsar and Pompey . :

Love's Sacrifice

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Page London Chanticleers

426 The Silver Age. By Thomas Fortune by Land and Sea. By Heywood

466 T. Heywood and W.Rowley 427 The Golden Age. By the Tancred and Gismund. . 431

same Author

468 The Two Angry Women of

Bussy D’Ambois. By George Abingdon. By Henry Porter 432 Chapman

469, 490 The Virgin Widow. By Francis

Satiromastix. By Thomas
Quarles.

435
Decker

470 The Fair Maidof the Exchange.

The Antipodes. By Richard By Thomas Heywood ib.

Broome

471 Adrasta. By John Jones 439

The Asparagus Garden. By

474

the same Author . The Game at Chess. Ву Thomas Middleton

ib. Sir Richard Fanshaw's TransJack Drum's Entertainment.

lation of “Querer por Solo Author unknown.

Querer"--" To Love for 440

Love's Sake." By Mendoza 476 The Changes. By James Shirley 441 The Downfall of Robert, Earl The Guardian. By Abraham of Huntingdon. By T. HeyCowley 442 wood.

484 The Brazen Age. By Thomas Phyllis of Scyros. Author Heywood ib. unknown

486 The Battle of Alcazar 446 Cæsar and Pompey. By G. The Seven Champions of Chris- Chapman

488 tendom. By John Kirk 447 Chabot, Admiral of France. Two Tragedies in One. By By G. Chapman and J. Robert Yarrington 448 Shirley

492 The Arraignment of Paris.

Edward the Third. Author By George Peele 449 unknown

ib. The City Night-cap. By Ro

Doctor Dodypol. Author unbert Davenport

453
known

496 The Conspiracy. By Henry

The Gentleman of Venice. By
Killigrew

456
James Shirley

499 Tottenham Court. By Thomas

The Devil's Law Case. By
Nabbs

ib.
John Webster.

501 The Duchess of Suffolk. By

The Bride. By Thomas Nabbs 504 T. Heywood

458 The Gentleman Usher. By David and Bethsabe.

G. Chapman

505 George Peele

461 The Bastard. Author un-
known

506 Tethys' Festival. By Samuel Daniel

464 Love Tricks. By James ShirA Looking Glass for England

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507 and London. By Thomas A Woman's a Weathercock. Lodge and Robert Green ib. By Nathaniel Field . 508

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Page The Triumphant Widow. By Commendatory Verses before The Duke of Newcastle . 511

Three Plays of Sir Wm.

529 Mamamouchi. By Edward Killigrew. By T. L. Ravenscroft

. 513 Commendatory Verses before Love's Metamorphosis. By

the "Faithful Shepherdess"

530 John Lily

514

of Fletcher. Sapho and Phao. By the same

Commendatory Verses before

the “ Rebellion.” By T. Author

515
Rawlins.

ib. The True Trojans. Author

The Ambitious Statesman. By unknown

517
John Crowne

531 The Twins. By W. Rider 519

Belphegor. By John Wilson 532 Sir Giles Goosecap. Author unknown

ib.

The Floating Island. By the
Rev. W. Strode

533 The English Monsieur. By

Fatal Jealousy. Author unThe Hon. James Howard 520

known

ib. The Hectors. By Edmund

The Traitor. By James Shirley 535 Prestwick

522

The Huntingdon DivertiseHey for Honesty. By T.

ment. By W. M.

536 Randolph

523

The Married Beau. By John The Example. By James Crowne

537 Shirley

ib.

Dedications to Fletcher's FaithLove's Dominion. By Richard ful Shepherdess

ib. Flecknoe

524

The Wars of Cyrus. Author Don Quixote. By Thomas unknown

. 539 D'Urfey

525

Thyestes. By John Crowne . 540 Andronicus.

By Philonax Lovekin.

526

Brutus of Alba. By Nahum
Tate

546 Ram Alley. By Lodowick

The Fatal Union. Author
Barry,

ib.
unknown

549 The Royal King and Loyal

Blurt, Master Constable. By Subject. By T. Heywood . 527

T. Middleton

ib. A Challenge for Beauty. By Hoffman's Tragedy; or, ReT. Heywood

528, 540

venge for a Father. AuThe Fawn. By John Marston 528 thor unknown.

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