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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.
Page THOMAS SACKVILLE AND
78 THOMAS NORTON. Page Byron's Conspiracy
85 THOMAS KYD.
THOMAS HEYWOOD. Spanish Tragedy
5 A Challenge for Beauty 88 GEORGE PEELE.
The Royal King and the Loyal
A Woman Kill'd with KindCHRISTOPHER MARLOWE.
ib. Lust's Dominion
14 The English Traveller 100 First part of Tamburlaine 16 Edward II.
THOMAS HEYWOOD AND The Rich Jew of Malta
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
127 Nero .
44 The Merry Devil of Edmonton 45 THOMAS MIDDLETON.
Women Beware Women 134 JOSEPH COOKE.
More Dissemblers besides
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
DECKER, JOHN FORD, ETC.
The Witch of Edmonton . . 153
156 Westward Hoe
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
JOHN FORD. What You Will .
The Lover's Melancholy 203
205 Cæsar and Pompey . :
The Maid's Tragedy
TABLE OF REFERENCE TO THE EXTRACTS.
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
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
470 The Fair Maidof the Exchange.
The Antipodes. By Richard By Thomas Heywood ib.
471 Adrasta. By John Jones 439
The Asparagus Garden. By
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
496 The Conspiracy. By Henry
The Gentleman of Venice. By
499 Tottenham Court. By Thomas
The Devil's Law Case. By
501 The Duchess of Suffolk. By
The Bride. By Thomas Nabbs 504 T. Heywood
458 The Gentleman Usher. By David and Bethsabe.
505 George Peele
461 The Bastard. Author un-
506 Tethys' Festival. By Samuel Daniel
464 Love Tricks. By James ShirA Looking Glass for England
507 and London. By Thomas A Woman's a Weathercock. Lodge and Robert Green ib. By Nathaniel Field . 508
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
of Fletcher. Sapho and Phao. By the same
Commendatory Verses before
the “ Rebellion.” By T. Author
ib. The True Trojans. Author
The Ambitious Statesman. By unknown
531 The Twins. By W. Rider 519
Belphegor. By John Wilson 532 Sir Giles Goosecap. Author unknown
The Floating Island. By the
533 The English Monsieur. By
Fatal Jealousy. Author unThe Hon. James Howard 520
ib. The Hectors. By Edmund
The Traitor. By James Shirley 535 Prestwick
The Huntingdon DivertiseHey for Honesty. By T.
ment. By W. M.
The Married Beau. By John The Example. By James Crowne
Dedications to Fletcher's FaithLove's Dominion. By Richard ful Shepherdess
The Wars of Cyrus. Author Don Quixote. By Thomas unknown
. 539 D'Urfey
Thyestes. By John Crowne . 540 Andronicus.
By Philonax Lovekin.
Brutus of Alba. By Nahum
546 Ram Alley. By Lodowick
The Fatal Union. Author
549 The Royal King and Loyal
Blurt, Master Constable. By Subject. By T. Heywood . 527
ib. A Challenge for Beauty. By Hoffman's Tragedy; or, ReT. Heywood
venge for a Father. AuThe Fawn. By John Marston 528 thor unknown.