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The massacre of the Britons by as is said, by Ethelbert, and he by Hengist in their cups at Salisbury Austin the Monk, because the Bri . plain. Malmesbury.

tons would not receive the rites 4. Sigher of the East Saxons of the Roman Church. See Bede, revolted from the faith, and re- Geffrey Monmouth, and Holinclaim'd by Jarumang.

fhed, p. 104. which must begin 5. Ethelbert of the East-Angles with the Convocation of British sain by Offa the Mercian. See Clergy by Austin to determin fuHolinsh. L. 6. c. 5. Speed in the perfluous points, which by them Life of Offa and Ethelbert.

was refused. 6. Sebert sain by Penda after 17. Edwin by vision promis'd he had left his kingdom. See the kingdom of Northumberland Holinshed, 116. p.

on promise of his conversion, and 7. Wulfer slaying his two sons, therein eftablish'd by Rodoald king for being Christians.

of Eaft-Angles. 8. Osbert of Northumberland 18. Oswin king of Deira slain slain for ravishing the wife of Bern- by Oswie his friend king of Berbocard, and the Danes brought in. nitia, through inftigation of flatSee Stow. Holinsh. L. 6. c. 12. and terers. See Holinshed, p. 115. especially Speed, L. 8. c. 2. 19. Sigibert of the Eart-Angles

9. Edmund last king of the East- keeping company with a person Angles martyr'd by Hinguar the excommunicated, fiain by the same Dane. See Speed, L. 8. c. 2. man in his house, according as the

10. Sigebert, tyrant of the West- bishop Cedda had foretold. Saxons sain by a Swineherd. 20. Egfride king of the Nor

11. Edmund brother of Athel- thumbers nain in battle against ftan flain by a thief at his own the Piets, having before wafted table: Malmesb.

Ireland, and made war for no reason 12. Edwin, son to Edward the on men that ever lov'd the English ; younger, for luft depriv'd of his forewarn’d also by Cuthbert not to kingdom, or rather by faction of fight with the Pićts. Monks, whom he hated; together 21. Kinewulf, king of Westwith the impostor Dunstan.

Saxons, sain by Kineard in the 13.

Edward son of Edgar mur house of one of his concubines. der'd by his step-mother. To which 22. Gunthildis, the Danish lady, may be inserted the tragedy stirr'd with her husband Palingus, and her up betwixt the Monks and Priests son, slain by appointment of the about marriage.

traitor Edrick in king Ethelred's 14. Ethelred, son of Edgar, a days. Holinihed, 7. L. C. 5: toflothful king, the ruin of his land gether with the massacre of the by the Danes.

Danes at Oxford. Speed. 15. Ceaulin, king of West 23. Brightrick of Weft-Saxons Saxons, for tyranny depos’d, and poison’d by his wife Ethelburge banish'd, and dying.

Offa's daughter, who dies misera16. The Naughter of the Monks bly also in beggery after adultery in of Bangor by Edelfride ftirr'd up,

Edelfride ftirr d up, a nunnery. Speed in Bithrick.

24. Alfred

24. Alfred in disguise of a mi 32. Hardiknute dying in his niftrel discovers the Danes negli- cups, an example to riot. gence, sets on with a mighty

33. Edward Confessor's divorcelaughter; about the same time the ing and imprisoning his noble Devonshire men rout Hubba and wife Editha, Godwin's daughter ; flay him.

wherein is showed his over-affecA Heroical poem may be found- tion to strangers the cause of God. ed somewhere in Alfred's reign, win's insurrection, wherein Godespecially at his ifluing out of win's forbearance of battel prais'd, Edelingfey on the Danes, whose and the English moderation on actions are well like those of Un both sides magnified. lysses.

nefs to redress the corrupt Clergy, 25. Athelstan exposing his and superstitious pretence of charbrother Edwin to the sea, and re- tity. penting.

ABRAM from Morea, or ISAAC 26. Edgar Playing Ethelwold for

redeem'd. false play in wooing, wherein may be set out his pride, lust, which he The Oeconomy may be thus. thought to close by favoring Monks The fifth or fixth day after Abraand building Monafteries : also the ham's departure, Eleazer Abram's disposition of woman in Elfrida steward, first alone, and then with towards her husband.

the Chorus, discourse of Abra27. Swane besieging London, ham’s strange voyage, their mistress and'Ethelred repuls'd by the Lon- forrow and perplexity accompadoners.

nied with frightful dreams; and 28. Harold slain in battel hy tell the manner of his rising by William the Norman. The first night, taking his servants and his scene may begin with the ghost of fon with him. Next may come Alfred, the second son of Ethelred, forth Sarah herself; after the ChoAlain in cruel manner by Godwin rus, or Ismael, or Agar; next some Harold's father, his mother and shepherd or company of merchants brother diffuading him.

passing through the mount in the 29. Edmond Ironfide defeating time that Abram was in the midthe Danes at Brentford, with his work, relate to Sarah what they combat with Canute.

faw. Hence lamentations, fears, 30. Edmond Ironside murder'd wonders ; the matter in the mean by Edric the traitor, and reveng'd while divulg'd. Aner or Eschcol, by Canute.

or Mamre Abram's confederates 31. Gunilda, daughter to king come to the house of Abram to Canute and Emma, Wife to Henry be more certain, or to bring news; the third Emperor, accus'd of in- in the mean while discoursing as chastity, is defended by her English the world would, of such an acpage in combat againit a giant-like tion divers ways, bewaifing the fate adversary; who by him at two of fo noble a man faln from his blows is flain, &c. Speed in the reputation, either through divine Life of Canute.

juitice, or superstition, or coveting

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to do some notable a&t through wife's daughter. Some of his difzeal. At length a servant fent ciples also, as to congratulate his from Abram relates the truth; and liberty, may be brought in, with laft he himfelf comes with a great whom after certain command of train of Melchizedec, whose hep- his death many compaffioning herds being secret eye-witnesses of words of his disciples, bewailing all paffages had related to their his youth cut off in his glorious master, and he conducted his friend course, he telling them his work Abraham home with joy.

is done, and wishing them to fol

low Christ his matter,

The Scene, the Coort.

The title, Cupid's funeral pile. Beginning from the morning of

Sodom burning.
Herod's birth-day.

The Scene before Lot's gate. Herod by fome Counsellor perfuaded on his birth-day to re

The Chorus confifts of Lot's lease John Baptift, purposes it, shepherds come to the city about causes him to be sent for to the fome affairs await in the evening court from prison. The Queen their master's return from his hears of it, takes occasion to pass evening walk toward the citywhere he is, on purpose, that un gates. He brings with him two der pretence of reconciling to him, young men or youths of noble or seekiæg to draw a kind retrac form. After likely discourses pretion from him of his censure on pares for their entertainment. By the marriage; to which end the then supper is ended, the gallantry fends a courtier before to sound of the town pass by in procession whether he might be persuaded to with music and fong to the temple mitigate his fentence, which not of Venus Urania or Peor, and unfinding, she herself craftily afsays, derstanding of two noble ftrangand on his constancy founds an ers arriv’d, they send two of their accusation to Herod of a contu choicest youth with the priest to. macious a:Front on such a day be invite them to their city folemnifore many peers, prepares the king ties, it being an honour that their to some passion, and at last by her city had decreed to all fair perdaughter's dancing effects it. Therefonages, as being facred to their may prologize the Spirit of Philip, Goddess. The Angels being askt Herod's brother. It may also be by the priest whence they are, say thooght, that Herod had well be- they are of Salem ; the priest indew'd himself with wine, which veighs against the strict reign of made him grant the easier to his Melchizedec. Lot, that knows their

Or else the Queen may plat under pretence of begging for his liberty, to seek to draw him into a Inare by his freedom of speech,


drift, answers thwartly at last, of he faith are the flames of truc
which notice given to the whole love, and tells the King, who falls
assembly, they haften thither, tax down with terror, his just suffer-
him of presumption, fingularity, ing, as alfo Athane's, i. e. Gener,
breach of city-customs; in fine, Lot's fon in law, for despising the
after violence, the Chorus of thep- continual admonitions of Lot: then,
herds prepare resistance in their calling to the thunders, lightnings,
master's defense, calling the rest and fires, he bids them hear the
of the serviture ; but being forc'd call and command of God to come
to give back, the Angels open the and deftroy a godless nation : be
door, rescue Lot, discover them- brings them down with some fort
selves, warn him to gather his warning to other nations to take
friends and fons in law our of the heed.
city. He goes and returns,
having met with some incredulous. Christ born.
Some other friend or fon in law Herod massacring, or Rachel
out of the way, when Lot came weeping, Matt. II.
to his house, overtakes him to Christ bound.
know his business. Here is dir Christ crucifi'd,
puted of incredulity of divine judge Christ risen,
ments, and such like matter : at Lazarus. Joan. XI.
last is described the parting from
the city; the Chorus depart with ADAM UN PARADIS'da
their master; the Angels do the
deed with all dreadful execution ; The Angel Gabriel either de
the King and Nobles of the city scending or entring, showing fince
may come forth, and serve to set this globe was created, his free
out the terror; a Chorus of Angels quency as much on earth, as in
concluding, and the Angels relat Heaven : describes Paradise. Nexo
ing the event of Lot's journey and the Chorus sewing the reason of
of his wife. The first Chorus his coming to keep his watch in
beginning, may relate the courle Paradise after Lucifer's rebellion,
of the city each evening every by command from God, and withal
one with mistress or Ganymed, expressing his desire to see and
gitterning along the streets, or so know more concerning this excel-
lacing on the banks of Jordan, or lent new creature, Man. The
down the stream. At the priest's Angel Gabriel, as by his name sige
inviting the Angels to the folemni- nifying a prince of power, tracing
ty, the Angels pitying their beauty Paradise with a more free office,
may dispute of love, and how it passes by the station of the Cho-
differs from lust, seeking to win rus, and desired by them relates
them. In the last scene, to the what he knew of Man, as the cre.
King and Nobles, when the fierce ation of Eve, with their love and
thunders begin aloft, the Angel marriage. After this Lucifer ap-
appears all girt with flames, which pears after his overthrow, bemoans


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himself, seeks revenge on Man. Scotch stories, or rather British of The Chorus prepare resistance at

the North parts. his first approach. At last, after discourse of enmity on either side, ATHRICO sain by Natholohe departs; whereat the Chorus chus, whose daughter he had rafings of the battle, and victory in vitht, and this Natholochus ufurpHeaven against him and his ac- ing thereon the kingdom, seeks to complices; as before, after the flay the kindred of Athrico, who first Ac, was sung a hymn of the scape him and conspire against creation. Here again may appear him. He sends to a witch to know Lucifer relating and insulting in the event. The witch tells the what he had done to the destruc- messenger, that he is the man shall tion of Man. Man next, and Eve slay Natholochus: he detests it, but having by this time been seduc'd in his journey home changes his by the serpent appears confusedly mind, and performs it. Scotch cover'd with leaves. Conscience Chron. English, p. 68, 69. in a shape accuses him, Justice Duffe and DonwALD, a cites him to the place, whither strange story of witchcraft, and Jehovah callid for him. In the murder discover'd and reveng'd. mean while the Chorus entertains Scotch Story, 149, &c. the stage, and is informed by some Haie, the Plowman, who with Angel the manner of his fall. his two sons that were at plough Here the Chorus bewails Adam's running to the battel that was befall. Adam then and Eve return, tween the Scots and Danes in the accuse one another, but especially next field, staid the flight of his Adam lays the blame to his wife, countrymen, renew'd the battel, is stubborn in his offense. Justice and caus’d the vidory, &c. Scotch appears; reasons with him, con

Story, p. 155. vinces him. The Chorus admo KENNETH, who having prinisheth Adam, and bids him be- vily poison’d Malcolm Duffe, that ware Lucifer's example of impe- his own fon might succeed, is slain nitence. The Angel is sent to ba- by Fenella. Scotch Hist. p. 157, nish them out of Paradise; but be. 158, &c. fore causes to pass before his eyes MACBETH, beginning at the in shapes a Mask of all the evils arrival of Malcolm at Mackduffe., of this life and world. He is The matter of Duncan may be hùmbled, relents, despairs ; 'at last express’d by the appearing of his appears Mercy, comforts him, ghost. promises the Messiah ; then calls in Faith, Hope, and Charity; in MO ABITIDES or PHINEAS. ftructs him; he repents, gives God the glory, submits to his pe The Epitafis whereof may lie in nalty. The Chorus briefly con the contention, first between the cludes. Compare this with the father of Zimri and Eleazer, wheformer draught.

ther he [ought] to have slain his


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