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Pull'd down the same destruction on himself;. Let us go find the body where it lies
The vulgar only 'scap'd who stood without. Soak'd in bis enemies blood; and from the stream

Chor. O dearly-bought revenge, yet glorious ! With lavers pure, and cleansing herbs, wash off
Living or dying thou hast fulfill'd

The clotted gore. I, with what speed the while, The work for which thou wast foretold

(Gaza is not in plight to say us nay,) To Israel, and now ly'st victorious

Will send for all my kindred, all my friends, Among thy slain self-killid,

To fetch him hence, and solemnly attend Not willingly, but tangled in the fold

With silent obsequy, and funeral train, Of dire necessity, whose law in death conjoin'd Home to his father's house: there will I build him Thee with thy slaughter'd foes, in number more A monument, and plant it round with shade Than all thy life hath slain before.

Of laurel ever green, and branching palm, 1. Semichor. While their hearts were jocund with all his trophies hung, and acts inroll'd and sublime,

In copious legend, or sweet lyric song. Drunk with idolatry, drunk with wine,

Thither shall all the valiant youth resort, And fat regorg'd of bulls and goats,

And from his memory inflame their breasts Chanting their idol, and preferring

To matchless valour, and adventures high : Before our living Dread who dwells

The virgins also shall, on feastful days, In Silo, his bright sanctuary:

Visit bis tomb with flowers; only bewailing Among them he a spirit of phrenzy sent,

His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice, Who hurt their minds,

From whence captivity and loss of eyes. And urg'd them on with mad desire

Chor. All is best, though we oft doubt To call in haste for their destroyer ;

What the unsearchable dispose They, only set on sport and play,

Of highest Wisdom brings about, Unweetingly importun'd

And ever best found in the close. Their own destruction tocome speedy upon them. Oft he seems to hide his face, So fond are mortal men,

But unexpectedly returns, Fall'n into wrath divine.

And to his faithful champion hath in place As their own ruin on themselves to invite, Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns, Insensate left, or to sense reprobate,

And all that band them to resist And with blindness internal struck.

His uncontrollable intent; 2. Semichor. But he, though blind of sight, His servants he, with new acquist Despis’d and thought extinguish'd quite,

Of true experience, from this great event With inward eyes illuminated,

With peace and consolation hath dismist,
His fiery virtue rous'd

And calm of mind, all passion spent.
From under ashes into sudden flame,
And as an evening dragon came,
Assailant on the perched roosts
And nests in order rang'd
Of tame villatic fowl ; but as an eagle

APPENDIX
His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.
So virtue, given for lost,
Depress'd, and overthrown, as seem'd,
Like that sof-begotten bird

SAMSON AGONISTES,
In the Arabian woods embost,
That no second knows nor third,

CONTAINING PLANS OF OTHER SUBJECTS, IN-
And lay ere while a holocaust,
From out her ashy womb now teem'd,

FROM HIS OWN MS, IN TRINITY COL-
Revives, reflourishes, then vigorous most

LEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
When most unactive deem'd;
And, though her body die, her fame survives
A secular bird ages of lives.

SCRIPTURE SUBJECTS."
Man. Come, come; no time for lamentation
now,

OTHER TRAGEDIES.-
Nor much more cause; Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson, and heroicly hath finish'd

i. The Flood. (See No. iii. below.] A life heroic, on bis enemies

ii. Abram in Ægypt. Fully reveng'd, hath left them years of mourning,

ii. The Deluge. And lamentation to the sons of Caphtor

iv. Sodom. Through all Philistian bounds, to Israel

v. Dinah, Vide Euseb. Præparat. Evangel. Honour hath left, and freedom, let but them lib. ix. cap. xxii. Fiod courage to lay hold on this occasion; To himself and father's house eternal fame; " These numerous scripture subjects justify a And, which is best and happiest yet, all this remark made by Mr. Warton, that Milton early With God not parted from him, as was fear'd, leaned towards religious subjects for plays, and But favouring and assisting to the end.

wished to turn the drama into the scriptural Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail channel : he accordingly, in his Reason of Ch. Or knock the breast ; no weakness, no contempt, Gov. against Prelacy, written in 1641, tempers Dispraise, or blame; nothing but well and fair, bis praise of Sophocles and Euripides with recomAnd what may quiet us in a death so noble. mending Solomon's Song; and adds, that “the

TO

TENDED

FOR

TRAGEDIES

BY

MILTON:

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vi. Thamar Cuophorusa. Where Juda is

found to have been the author of that crime, which he condemned in Tamar: Tamar excus'd in what she attempt

ed. vii. The golden Calfe, or The Massacre in

Horeb. vili. The Quails. Num. xi. ix., The Murmurers. Num. xiv. x. Corah, Dathan, &c. Num. xvi, xvii. xi, Moabitides. Num. xxv. (See No. lv.

below.] xii. Achan. Joshue vii and viii. xiii., Josuah in Gibeon. Josh. X. xiv. Gideon Idoloclastes. Judg. vi, vii. xv. Gideon pursuing. Judg. viii. xvi. Abimelech the Usurper. Judg. ix. xvii. SAMSON MARRIING, or in Ramach Lechi.

Judg. xv. xviii. Samson PursOPHORUS, or Hybristes, or

Dagonalia. Judg. xvi. xix. Comazontes, or The Benjaminites, or The

Rioters. Judg. xix, xx, xxi. xx. Theristria, a Pastoral, out of Ruth. xxi. Eliada, Hophni and Phinehas. 1 Sam.

i, ii, iii, iv. Beginning with the first overthrow of Israel by the Philistines; interlac't with Samuel's vision concem

ing Elie's family. xxii. Jonathan rescued. I Sam. xiv, xxiii. Doeg slandering. I Sam. xxii. xxiv. The sheep-shearers in Carmel, a Pastoral.

I Sam. xxv. xv. Saul in Gilboa. 1 Sam. xxvüi, xxxi. xxvi. David revolted. I Sam, from the xxvii

chap. to the xxxi. xxvii. David adulterous. Il Sam. c, xi, xii. xxviii. Tamar, II Sam, xiii. xxix. Achitophel. II Sam, xv, xvi, xvii, xviij. XXX. Adoniah. I Reg. ii. xxxi. Solomon Gynæcocratumenus, or Idolo

margus, aut Thysiazus. Reg. xi. xxxii. Rehoboam. 1 Reg. xii. Wher is dis

puted of a politic religion, xxxiii. Abias Thersants, I Reg. xiv, The queen,

after much dispute, as the last refuge, sent to the profet Ahias of Shilo; receavs the message. The Epitasis, in that shee, hearing the child shall die, as she comes home, refuses to return, thinking thereby to elude the oracle.

he

go out.

The former part is spent in bringing the sick prince forth as it were desirous to shift his chamber and couch, as dying men use; his father telling him what sacrifize he had sent for his health to Bethel and Dan; his fearlessnesse of death, and putting his father in mind to set (send) to Ahjah. The Chorus of the Elders of Israel bemoning his virtues bereft them, and at another time wondring why Jeroboam, being bad himself, should so grieve for his son

that was good, &c. xxxiv, Imbres, or The Showers. I Reg. xviii,

xix. xxxv. Naboth ouxy Partóuevos. I Reg. xxi. xxxvi. Ahab. I Reg. xxii. Beginning at the

synod of fals profets : ending with relation of Ahab's death: his bodie brought. Zedechiah slain by Ahab's friends for his seducing. (See Larater,

II Chron, xviii.) xxxvii. Elias in the mount. II Reg. i. 'Opeißerug.

Or, better, Elias Polemistes. xxxviii. Elisæus Hudrochóos. II Reg. iii. Hudro

phantes. Aquator. xxxix. Elisæus Adororlocétas. xl. Elisæus Minutes, sive in Dothaimis. II

Reg. yi. xli. Samaria Liberala. II Reg. vii. xlii. Achabæi Cunoborwmeni. II Reg. ix.

The Scene, Jesrael. Beginning, from the watchman's discovery of Jehu, till

In the mean while, message of things passing brought to Jesebel, &c. Lastly, the 70 heads of Ahab's sons brought in, and message brought of Ahaziah's brethren slain on the way.

Chap, x. xliii. Jehu Belicola. II Reg. x, xliv. Athaliah. II Reg. xi. xlv. Amaziah Doryalotus. II Reg. xiv. II

Chron. xxv. xlvi. Hezechias 760260gxépesos. II Reg. xviii,

xix. Hesechia beseiged. The wicked hypocrisy of Shebna, (spoken of in the xi. or thereabout of Isaiah,) and the commendation of Eliakim, will afford á póguas abys, together with a faction that sought

help from Egypt. xlvii. Josiah Abzlomenos. II Reg. xxiii. xlviii. Zedechia veotezEwr. 11 Reg. But the

story is larger in Jeremiah. xlix. Salymwy Halosis.

Which may begin from a message brought to the city, of the judgement upon Zedechiah and bis children in Ribla : and so seconded with burning and destruction of city and temple by Nebuzaradan; lamented

by Jeremiah. 1. Asa, or Ethiopes, II Chron. xiv. with

the deposing his mother, and burning

her idol.
li. The three children. Dan. jji.
lii. Abram from Morea, or Isaac redeem-

The oiconomie may be thus. The
fift or sixt day after Abraham's depar-
ture. Eleazar (Abrain's steward) first
alone, and then with the Chorus, dis.

Apocalypse of Saint John is the majestic image of a high and stately tragedy, shutting up and intermingling her solemn scenes and acts with a seven-fold chorus of hallelujahs and harping symphonies.” Prose-Works, edit, 1698, vol. i. 61.

TODD. ? So they are termed in Milton's MS. Those, which relate to Paradise Lost, have been given at the end of that poem,

TODD.

with joy.

course of Abraham's strange voiage,

Sodom burning. The Scene before Lot's thire mistresse sorrow and perplexity,

gate. accompanied with frightfull dreams;

The Chorus, consisting of Lot's shepand tell the manner of his rising by

herds come to the citty about some af. pight, taking his servants and his son

fairs, await in the evening thire mais. with him. Next may come forth Sa

ter's return from his evening walk torah herself. After the Chorus, or Is

ward the citty gates. He brings with mael, or Agar. Next some shepheard

him two young men, or youths, of noble or companie of merchants, passing

form. After likely discourses, præthrough the mount in the time that

pares for thire entertainment. By then Abram was in the mid-work, relate to

supper is ended, the gallantry of the Sarah what they saw. Hence lamen

towne passe by in procession, with tations, fears, wonders. The matter in

music and song, to the temple of the mean while divulg'd, Aner, or Es

Venus Urania or Peor ; and, underchol, or Mamre, Abram's confederats,

standing of tow noble strangers arrir'd, come to the house of Abram to be

they send 2 of thire choysest youth, with more certaine, or to bring news; in

the priest, to invite them to thire city the mean while discoursing, as the

solemnities; it beeing an honour that world would, of such an action, divers

thire citty had decreed to all fair perways; bewayling the fate of so noble a

sonages, as beeing sacred to their god. man faln from his reputation, either

dess. The angels being ask't by the through divin justice or superstition, or

priest whence they are," say they are of covering to dve some notable act through

Salem ; the priest inreighs against the zeal. At length a servant, sent from

strict reign of Melchisedec. Abram, relates the truth; and last he

Lot, that knows thire drift, answers himselfe comes in with a great traine

thwartly at last. Of which notice given of Melchizedec's, whose shepheards,

to the whole assembly, they hasten beeing secretlye witnesses of all pas

thither, taxe him of præsumption, sinsages, had related to their master, and

gularity, breach of city-customs; in he conducted his friend Abraham home

fine, offer violence. The Chorus of

shepbeards præpare resistance in thire fiji. Baptistes. The Scene, the Court.

maister's defence; calling the rest of Beginning, From the morning of He

the serviture: but, being forc't to give ro'ds birth day.

back, the angels open the dore, rescue Herod, by some counsel

Lot, discover themselves, same bim gin of tbe MS. er persuaded on his birth

to gether his friends and sons in law out may plot, under day to release John Bap

of the city. ging for his 11. tist, purposes it, causes

He goes, and returns; as baring berry, to seek bim to be sent for to court

met with some incredulous. Some to a snare by from prison. The queen

other freind or son in law (out of the hears of it, takes occaspeech.

way when Lot came to his house) oversion to passe wher he is, on purpose,

takes him to know his buisnes. Heer is that, under prætense of reconsiling to

disputed of incredulity of divine judgehim, or seeking to draw a kind retrac

ments, and such like inátters. tation from bim of the censure on the

At last is described the parting from marriage; to which end she sends a

the citty. The Chorus depart with their courtier before, to sound whether he

maister. The angels doe the deed with might be persuaded to mitigate his sen

all dreadful execution. The king and tence; which not finding, she herself

nobles of the citty may come forth, craftily assays; and on his constancie,

and serve to set out the terror. A Chofounds an accusation to Herod of a con

rus of angels concluding, and the tumacious affront, on such a day, be

angels relating the event of Lot's jourfore many peers; præpares the king to

ney, and of bis wife. some passion, and at last by her daugh

The first Chorus, beginning, may reter's dancing, effects it. There may

late the course of the citty ; each erenprologize the spirit of Philip, Herod's

ing every one, with mistresse or Ganybrother. It may also be thought that

med, gitterning along the streets, or se Herod had well bedew'd bimself with

lacing on the banks of Jordan, or down wine, which made him grant the easie

the stream. to his wive's daughter.

At the priests' inviting the angels to Some of his disciples also, as to con

the solemnity, the angels, pittying their gratulate his liberty, may be brought

beauty, may dispute of love, and how it in ; with whom, after certain command

differs from lust; seeking to win them, of his death, many compassionating

In the last scene, to the king and words of his disciples, bewayling his

nobles, when the fierce thunder begins youth cut off in his glorious cours ; he

aloft, the angel appeares all girt with telling them his work is don, and wish

flames, which, he saith, are the flames ing them to follow Christ his mais

of true love, and tells the king, who ter.

falls down with terrour, his just suffering, liv. Sodom, The title, Cupid's funeral pile :

as also Athane's, that is, Gener, Lot's son

In the mar.

Or els the queen

his freedom of

in law, for despising the continual ad

inartyrd by Hinguar the Dane. See monitions of Lot. Then, calling to the

Speed, L. viii, C. ii. thunders, lightning, and fires, he bids lxxii. Sigbert, tyrant of the West-Saxons, them heare the call and command of

slaine by a swinheard. God, to come and destroy a godlesse Ixxis. Edmund, brother of Athelstan, slaine by a nation. He brings them down with

theefe at his owne table. Malmesb. some short waruing to other nations to lxxiv. Edwin, son to Edward the younger, for take heed.

lust depriv'd of his kingdom, or rather by W. Moabitides, or Phineas. The epitasis

faction of monks, wkome he haled ; toge whereof may lie in the contention, first,

ther [with] the impostor Dunstan, between the father of Zimri and Elea- Ixxv. Edward, son of Edgar, murder'd by his zer, whether he (ought] to have slain

step-mother. To which may be inserthis son without law? Next, the ambas

ed the tragedies stirr'd up betwixt the sadors of the Moabites, expostulating

monks and priests about mariage. about Cosbi, a stranger and a noble wo- Ixxvi. Etheldred, son of Edgar, a slothful king; man, slain by Phineas.

the ruin of his land by the Danes. It may be argued about reformation Ixxvii. Ceaulin, king of the West-Saxons, for and punishment illegal, and, as it were,

tyrannie depos'd and banish't; and dyby tumult. After all arguments dri

ing. ven home, then the word of the Lord Ixxviii. The slaughter of the monks of Bangor may be brought, acquitting and ap

by Edelfride, stirrid up, as is said, by proving Phineas,

Ethelbert, and ke by Austine the monke; Ivi. Christus Patiens. The Scene, in the

because the Britains would not receave the garden. Beginning, from the comming

rites of the Roman church. See Bede, thither, till Judas betraies, and the of

Geffrey Monmouth, and Holinshed, p. ficers lead him away. The rest by

104. Which must begin with the conMessage and Chorus.

vocation of British Clergie by Austin to His agony may receav noble expres

determine superfluous points, which by. sions.

them were refused. Ivii. Christ born.

Ixxix. Edwin, by vision, promis'd the kingdom of lii. Herod massacring, or Rachel weeping.

Northumberland on promise of his converMatt. ii.

sion; and therein establish'l by Rodoald, lxix. Christ bound.

king of [the] East-Angles. Ix. Christ crucifi'd.

1xxx. Oswin, king of Deira, slaine by Oswie Ixi. Christ risen.

his friend, king of Bernitia, through in{xji. Lazarus. John, xi.

stigation of flatterers. See Holinsb. p.

115. Ixxxi. Sigibert, of the East-Angles, keeping

companie with a person excommunicated, BRITISH TRAGEDIES.

slaine by the same man in his house, ac

cording as the bishop Cedda had foreIxiii. The cloister-king Constans set up by lxxxii. Egfride, king of the Northumbers, slaine Vortiger. Venutius, husband to Car

in battle against the Picts ; having betismandua.

fore wasted Ireland, and made warre for Ixiv. Vortiger poison'd by Roena."

no reason on men that ever lou'd the En. Ixv. Vortiger immur'd. Vortiger marrying

glish; forewarnd al.o by Cuthbert not Roena. See Speed, Reproou'd by Vo

lo fight with the Picts. din, archbishop of London. Speed. lxxxiii. Kinewulf, king of the West-Saxons, The massacre of the Britains by Hengist

slaine by Kineard in the house of one of in thire cups at Salisbury plaine.

his concubins. Malmsbury.

lxxxiv. Gunthildis, the Danish ladie, with her Ixvi. Sigher, of the East-Saxons, revolted

husband Palingus, and her son, slaine by from the faith, and reclaimed by Jaru

the appointment of the traitor Edrick, in mang.

king Ethelred's days. Holinsh. L. vii. ·lxvii. Ethelbert, of the East-Angles, slain by

C. v. together with the massacre of the
Offa the Mercian. . See Holinsh. L. vi.

Danes at Oxford. Speed.
C. v. Speed, in the life of Otra, and Ixxxv. Brightrick, (king) of [the] West-Saxons,
Ethelbert.

poyson'd by his wife Ethelburge, Offa's Ixviii. Sebert slaine by Penda, after he had left

daughter; who dyes miserably also, in his kingdom. See Holinsbed, p. 116.

beggery, after adultery, in a nunnery \xix, Wulfer slaying his tow sons for beeing

Speed in Bithrick.
Christians.

lxxxvi. Alfred, in disguise of a minstrel, discovers Ixx. Osbert, of Northumberland, slain for ra

the Danes' negligence; sets on (them) vishing the wife of Bernbocard, and the

with a mightie slaughter. About the Danes brought in. See Stow, Holinsh,

same tyme the Devonshire men rout L. vi. C. xii. And especially Speed, L.

Hubba, and slay him. viii. C. ij.

lxxxvii. Athelstan exposing his brother Edwin to bai, Edmund, last king of the East-Angles,

the sea, and repenting.

told.

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Ixxxviii. Edgar slaying Ethelwold for false play

caus’d the victorie, &c, Scotch story, p. in wooing. Wherein may be set out

155 &c. his pride, and lust, which he thought to xcix. Kenneth, who, having privily poison'd close by favouring monks and building

Malcolm Duffe that his own son might monasteries. Also the disposition of

succeed, is slain by Fenella. Scotch woman in Elfrida towards her hus

Hist, p. 157, 158, &c. band. [Peck proposes, and justly, C. Macbeth. Reginning at the arrivall of I think, to read cloke instead of close. ]

Malcolm at Mackduffe. The matter of lxxxix. Swane beseidging London, and Ethelred Duncan may be express't by the aprepuls't by the Londoners.

pearing of his ghost,
XC. Harold slaine in battel, by William the

Normon. The first scene may begin
with the ghost of Alfred, the second son
of Ethelred, slaine in cruel manner by
Godwin, Harold's father; his mother

LYCIDAS.
and brother dissuading him.
xci. Edmund Ironside defeating the Danes In this Monopy, the author bewails a learned
at Brentford ; with his combat with Ca-

friend, unfortunately drowned in his passage nute.

from Chester on the Irish seas, 1637. And by xcii, Edmund Ironside murder'd by Edrick the occasion foretells the ruin of our corrupted traitor, and reveng'd by Cannte.

clergy, then in their height. xciii. Gunilda, daughter to king Canute and

[Edward King, the subject of this Monody, Emma, wife to Henry III. emperour, was the son of sir John King, knight, secretary accus'd of inchastitie ; defended by her

for Ireland, under queen Elizabeth, James the English page in combat against a giant- first, and Charles the first. He was sailing like adversary; who by him at two blows

from Chester to Ireland, on a visit to his is slaine, &c. Speed in the life of Ca- friends and relations in that country: these nute.

were, his brother sir Robert King, knight; xciv. Hardiknute dying in his cups: an exam- and his sisters, Anne wife of sir George Caulple to riot.

field lord Claremont, and Margaret, abovexcv. Edward the Confessor's divorsing and im

nientioned, wife of sir George Loder, chief prisoning his noble wife Editha, God

justice of Ireland ; Edward King bishop of win's daughter. Wherin is showed bis

Elpbin, by whom he was baptized; and Wilover-affection to strangers; the cause liam Chappel, then dean of Cashel, and proof Godwin's insurrection, Wherein Godwin's forbearance of battel, prajs'd;

vost of Dublin college, who had been his tutor

at Christ's college Cambridge, and was afterand the English moderation on both wards bishop of Cork and Ross, and in this pas· sides, magnifi'd. His [Edward's] slack- toral is probably the same person that is styled nesse to redresse the corrupt clergie, old Damoetas, v. 36. When, in calm weather, and superstitious prætence of chas- not far from the English coast, the ship, a very titie,

crazy vessel, a fatal and perfidious bark, struck on a rock, and suddenly sunk to the bottom with all that were on board, nol one escaping, Aug. 10, 1657. King was now only twenty

five years old. He was perhaps a native of IreSCOTCH STORIES, OR RATHER BRI.

land. TISH OF THE NORTH PARTS.

At Cambridge, he was distinguished for his piety,

and proficiency in polite literature. He has

no inelegant copy of Latin iambics prefixed to xcvi. Athirco slain by Natholochus, whose a Latin comedy called Senile Odium, acted at

daughters he had ravish'l ; and this Na- Queen's college, Cambridge, by the youth of
tholocus, usurping thereon the kingdom, that society, and written by P. Hausted, Can-
seeks to slay the kindred of Athirco, who tab. 1633. 12mo, From which I select these
scape him and conspire against him. He lines, as containing a judicious satire on the
sends a witch to know the event. The false taste, and the customary mechanical or
witch tells the messenger, that he is unnatural expedients, of the drama that then
the man, that shall slay Natholocus, subsisted.
He detests it; but, in his journie home,
changes, his mind, and performs it. Non hic cothumi sanguine insonti rubent,
Scotch Chron. English. p. 68, 69.

Nec flagra Megæræ ferrea horrendum intoxcvii. Duffe and Donwald. A strange story

nant ;
of witchcraft and murder discover'd and Noverca nulla sævior Erebo furit ;
reveng'd. Scotch story, 149 &c.

Venena nulla, præter illa dulcia
xcviii. Haie, the plowman, who, with his two Amoris ; atque his vim abstulere noxiam

sons that were at plow, running to the bat- Casti lepores, innocua festivitas,
tell That was between the Scots and Danes Nativa suavitas, proba elegantia, &c."
in the next field, staid the flight of his
countrymen, renew'd the battell, and He also appears with credit in the Cambridge

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