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THE WITCH OF EDMONTON.
Tuis Tragi-Comedy, which appears to have been brought on the stage in 1623, was not published till 1658, when it appeared in quarto, with the following title : “The Witch of Edmonton. A known True Story. Composed into a Tragi-Comedy by divers well esteemed poets, William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, John Ford, &c. Acted by the Prince's Servants often, at the Cock-pit in Drury-Lane, once at Court, with singular applause. _Never printed till now. London, printed by J. Cottrel, for Edward Blackmore, at the Angel in Paul's Church-yard.” There is a rude wooden cut on the title-page, with a portrait of the witch (Mother Sawyer), her familiar, a black dog, and Cuddy Banks, the clown of the piece, in the water. That no doubts might arise of the likenesses, the portraits are respectively authenticated by their proper names.
The town of Edmonton hath lent the stage
'An allusion to the old play of The Merry Devil of Edmonton, written about twenty years before the date of the present drama. Jonson calls it “ the dear delight” of the theatre, and it was unquestionably a very popular piece. It was reprinted in Dodsley's Collection of Old Plays, vol. v.
Sir ARTHUR CLARINGTON.
suitors to CARTER's daughters. SOMERTON, FRANK, THORNEY's son. CUDDY BANKS, the clown. Morrice-dancers. SAWGUT, an old fiddler. Justice, Constable, Officers, Serving-men and
2 W. Mago and W. Hanıluc, or Hamlec, were probably the names of two inferior actors,
Mother SAWYER, the WITCH.
} Carter's daughters.
Scene.—The town and neighbourhood of Edmonton.
In the end of the last Act, London.
The whole Argument is this distich :
Forced marriage, murder ; murder blood requires ;