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1. The Lover's MelaxCHOLY, T. C. Acted at the
Blackfriars and the Globe, 24th November, 1628.
2. 'Tis Pity she's A WHORE, T. Printed 1633. Acted
at the Phænis.
3. The Witch or EDMONTON, T. By Rowley, Dekkar,
Ford, &c. Printed 1658. Probably acted soon after 1622. Acted at the Cockpit, and at Court.
4. The Sun's DARLING, M. Acted in March, 1623-24,
at the Cockpit. Printed 1657.
5. THE BROKEN Heart, T. Printed 1633. Acted at
6. Love's SACRIFICE, T. Printed 1633. Acted at the
7. PERKIN WARBECK, H. T. Printed 1634. Acted at
8. The FANCIES, CHASTE AND Noble, C.
1638. Acted at the Phoenix.
9. The Lady's Trial, T. C. Acted at the Cockpit in
May, 1638. Printed 1639.
10. BEAUTY IN A TRANCE, T. Entered on the Sta
tioners' books, September 9th, 1653, but not printed. Destroyed by Mr. Warburton's servant.
11. The LONDON MERCHANT, C. 12. THE ROYAL COMBAT, C.
Entered on the Stationers' 13. Ay Ill BEGINNING HAS
books June 2915, 1660, but
not printed. Destroyed by Good End, C. Played at the Mr. Warburton's servant. Cockpit, 1615.
14. THE FAIRY KNIGHT. Ford and Decker.
15. A. Late MURTHER OF THE SONNE UPON THE Mo
THER. Ford and Webster.
16. THE BRISTOWE MERCHANT. Ford and Decker.
These are given from the researches of Mr. G. Chal
For other pieces attributed to our author, see p. xiii.
COMMENDATORY VERSES ON FORD.
To my Honour'd Friend, Master John Ford, on his
* GEORGE Donne.] Mr. Weber felicitates the poet on the success of this drama, which had the good fortune, he says, to be recommended to the public by “the celebrated Dr. Donne”.! That any one, who pretended to the slightest acquaintance with the writers of Ford's time, should be so incomprehensibly ignorant of their style and manner as to attribute this feeble doggerel to John Donne, the dean of St. Paul's--but I dare not trust myself with the subject.
At the moment when this unfortunate blunderer supposes Dr. Donne anxious to ply his barren quill and stick his name bere, purely“ to shew his lore," that great man was fallen into a dangerous sickness, (wbich eventually carried him off,) and was pressing forward with the zeal of a martyr, and the purity of a saint, to the crown that was set before bim.
George Donne seems to bave been a constant attendant at the theatres. He was apparently a kind-hearted, friendly man, who had his little modicum of praise ready upon all occasions. He has verses to Jonson, Massinger, and others.
To his worthy Friend the Author ( of The Lover's Me
lancholy) Master John Ford.
To the Author of the Lover's Melancholy) Master
JOHN FORD. BLACK choler, reason's overflowing spring, Where thirsty lovers drink, or any thing, Passion, the restless current of dull plaints Affords their thoughts, who deem lost beauties saints;
* In a copy of verses prefixed to Massinger's Emperor of the East, Singleton calls himself “ the friend and kinsman" of that poet. I know nothing more of him. It will be time enough to speak of bis immediate follower, Hum. Howorth, when I know what he means. It must be admitted, that Mr. Weber has placed Dr. Donne at the head of a most illustrious quartetto.
Here their best lectures read, collect, and see
Of the Lover's Melancholy.
To my Friend the Author (of 'Tis Pity she's a Whore.)
* Macklin, with a degree of learning which quite perplexes Mr. Malone, has daringly (but happily) ventured to put these profound symbols into English characters, and subscribe the quatrain Philos. Mr. Malone thinks he must have had the assistance of some learned friend.