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Mercury, be quick, with mirth furnish the heavens;
Upon FORD's two Tragedies, Love's Sacrifice and The
* “John Tatham was a poet of the reign of Charles I. and author of four plays enumerated in the Biographia Dramatica. From 1657 to 1663, be furnished pageants for the Lord Mayor's day, in the quality of city poet.”
Had the poets lived to publish their own drama, it can scarcely be imagined that they would have suffered this deplorable balderdash to be prefixed to it.
+ Delights of the Muses, 1646.
Tuis piece, the author tells us, was
« the first of his that ever courted reader.” It was licensed by Sir Henry Herbert, in 1628, and brought out on the 24th of November in that year: in 1629, it was given to the press, accompanied (as the manner was) by several recommendatory poems. It seems to have been favourably received. The title of the quarto is “The Lover's Melancholy. Acted at the Private House in the Blacke Friars, and publikely at the Globe, by the King's Majestie's seruants. London, printed for H. Seile. 1629.”
It was revived at Drury Lane in 1748, by Macklin, for bis wife's benefit; but apparently without success.
MY WORTHILY RESPECTED FRIENDS,
NATHANIEL FINCH, JOHN FORD, Esqrs.
MR. HENRY BLUNT, MR. ROBERT ELLICE,
AND ALL THE REST OF THE
NOBLE SOCIETY OF GRAY'S INN.
MY HONOURED FRIENDS,
The account of some leisurable hours is here summed
and offered to examination. Importunity of others, or opinion of mine own, hath not urged on any confidence of running the hazard of
As plurality hath reference to a multitude, so I care not to please many; but where there is a parity of condition, there the freedom of construction makes the best music. This concord hath equally held between you the patrons, and me the presenter. I am cleared of all scruple of disrespect on your parts; as I am of too slack a merit in myself. My presumption of coming in print in this kind,' hath hitherto been unrepro
In this kind.) i. e. the Drama: he had previously printed “Fame's Memorial," and, probably, other poems, now lost.