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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. viii. The Quails. Num. xi. ix. The Murmurers. Num. xiv. x, Corah, Dathan, &c. Num. xvi, xvii. xi. Moabilides. 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 MARRING, 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. Eliadæ, 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 concern

ing Elie's family. xxii. Jonathan rescued. 1 Sam. xiv. xxiii. Doeg slandering. I Sam, xxii. xxiv. The sheep-shearers in Carmel, a Pastoral.

I Sam. xxv. Xov. Saul in Gilboa. 1 Sam. xxvü, xxxi. xxvi. David revolted. I Sam. from the xxvji

chap. to the xxxi. xxvii. David adulterous. II Sam. c. xi, xii. xxviii. Tamar. II Sain. xiji. xxix. Achitophel. II Sam. xv, xvi, xvii, xviii. xxx. Adoniah. I Reg. ii. xxxi. Solomon Gynæcocratumenus, or ldolo

margus, aut Thysiazuse. I Reg. xi. xxxii. Rehoboam. I Reg. xii. Wher is dis

puted of a politic religion. xxxiii. Abias Thersæus. 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.

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 Abiah. 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 suxxQayTÓ NEVOC. 1 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. 'Optißátns.

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

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

Reg. vi. xli. Samaria Liberala. II Reg. vii. xlii. Achabæi Cunoboromeni. II Reg. ix.

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

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. Il

Chron. xxv. xlvi. Hezechias moncogxéneros. II Reg. xviii,

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

help from Egypt. xlvii. Josiah Abalomenos. II Reg. xxiii. xlviii, Zedechia veotezifwr. II Reg. But the

story is larger in Jeremiah. xlix. Salymov Halosis. Which may begin

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

by Jeremiah. 1. Asa, or Æthiopes. 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 departure. Eleazar (Abram's steward) first alone, and then with the Chorus, dis.

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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.

course of Abraham's strange yoiage, thire mistresse sorrow and perplexity, accompanied with frightfull dreams; and tell the manner of his rising by night, taking his servants and his son with him. Next may come forth Sarah herself. After the Chorus, or Ismael, or Agar. Next some shepheard or companie of merchants, passing through the mount in the time that Abram was in the mid-work, relate to Sarah what they saw. Hence lamentations, fears, wonders. The matter in the mean while divulg'd, Aner, or Eschol, or Mamre, Abram's confederats, come to the house of Abram to be more certaine, or to bring news; in the mean while discoursing, as the world would, of such an action, divers ways; bewayling the fate of so noble a man faln from his reputation, either through divin justice or superstition, or covering to doe some notable act through zeal. At length a servant, sent from Abram, relates the truth; and last he himselfe comes in with a great traine of Melchizedec's, whose shepheards, beeing secretlye witnesses of all passages, had related to their master, and he conducted his friend Abraham home

with joy.

Sodom burning. The Scene before Lot's gate.

The Chorus, consisting of Lot's shepherds come to the citty about some affairs, await in the evening thire maister's return from his evening walk toward the citty gates. He brings with him two young men, or youths, of poble form. After likely discourses, præpares for thire entertainment. By then supper is ended, the gallantry of the towne passe by in procession, with music and song, to the temple of Venus Urania or Peor ; and, understanding of tow noble strangers arrivd, they send 2 of thire choysest youth, with the priest, to invite them to thire city solemnities; it beeing an honour that thire citty had decreed to all fair personages, as beeing sacred to their god. dess. The angels being ask’t by the priest whence they are, say they are of Salem ; the priest inveighs against the strict reign of Melchiscdec.

Lot, that knows thire drift, answers thwartly at last. Of which notice given to the whole assembly, they hasten thither, taxe him of præsumption, singularity, breach of city-customs ; in fine, offer violence. The Chorus of shepheards præpare resistance in thire maister's defence; calling the rest of the serviture: but, being forc't to give back, the angels open the dore, rescue Lot, discover themselves, xarne him to gether his friends and sons in law out of the city.

He goes, and returns; as baring met with some incredulous. Some other freind or son in law (out of the way when Lot came to his house) overtakes him to know his buisnes. Heer is disputed of incredulity of divine judgements, and such like inatters.

At last is described the parting from the citty. The Chorus depart with their maister. The angels doe the deed with all dreadful execution. The king and nobles of the citty may come forth, and serve to set out the terror. A Chorus of angels concluding, and the angels relating the event of Lot's jour. ney, and of his wife.

The first Chorus, beginning, may relate the course of the citty ; each erening every one, with mistresse or Ganymed, gitterning along the streets, or solacing on the banks of Jordan, or down the stream.

At the priests' inviting the angels to the solemnity, the angels, pittying their beauty, may dispute of love, and how it differs from lust; seeking to win them.

In the last scene, to the king and nobles, when the fierce thunder begins aloft, the angel appeares all girt with flames, which, he saith, are the fames of true love, and tells the king, who falls down with terrour, his just suffering, as also Athane's, that is, Gener, Lot's son

Orels the queen

to draw him in.

The queen

fii. Baptistes. The Scene, the Court.

Beginning, From the morning of Hero'ds birth-day.

# In tbe mar- Herod, by soine counselgin of ibe MS.

er persuaded on his birthmay plot, under day to release John Bapging for his li- tist, purposes it, causes berty, to seek him to be sent for to court to a share by from prison. Speech.

hears of it, takes occasion to passe wher he is, on purpose, that, under prætense of reconsiling to him, or seeking to draw a kind retractation from him of the censure on the marriage; to which end sbe sends a courtier before, to sound whether he might be persuaded to mitigate his sentence; which not finding, she herself craftily assays; and on his constancie, founds an accrisation to Herod of a contumacious affront, on such a day, before many reers ; præpares the king to some passion, and at last by her daughter's dancing, effects it. There may prologize the spirit of Philip, Herod's brother. It may also be thought that Herod had well bedew'd himself with wine, which made him grant the easier to his wive's daughter.

Some of his disciples also, as to congratulate his liberty, may be brought

with whom, after certain command of his death, many compassionating words of his disciples, bewayling his youth cut off in his glorious cours ; he telling them his work is don, and wishing them to follow Christ his mais.

ter, liv. Sodom. The title, Cupid's funeral pile :

his freedom of

in ;

in law, for despising the continual admonitions of Lot. Then, calling to the thunders, lightning, and fires, be bids them heare the call and command of God, to come and destroy a godlesse nation. He brings them down with some short waruing to other nations to

take heed. lv. Moabitides, or Phineas. The epitasis

whereof may lie in the contention, first, between the father of Zimri and Eleazer, whether he (ought] to have slain his son without law? Next, the ambassadors of the Moabites, expostulating about Cosbi, a stranger and a noble woman, slain by Phineas.

It may be argued about reformation and punishment illegal, and, as it were, by tumult. After all arguments driyen home, then the word of the Lord may be brought, acquitting and ap

proving Phineas. lvi. Christus Patiens. The Scene, in the

garden. Beginning, from the comming thither, till Judas betraies, and the officers lead him away. The rest by Message and Chorus.

His agony may roceav noble expres

sions. Jvii. Christ born. Jiii. Herod massacring, or Rachel weeping.

Matt. ïi, lxix. Christ bound.

Ix. Christ crucifi’d. Ixi. Christ risen. lxii. Lazarus. John, xi.

marlyr'd by Hinguar the Dane. See

Speed, L. viii, C. ji.
Ixxii. Sigbert, tyrant of the West-Saxons,

slaine by a swinheard. Ixxiji. Edmund, brother of Athelstan, slaine by a

theese at his owne table. Malmesb. lyxiv. Ediein, son to Edward the younger, for

lust depriv'd of his kingdom, or rather by faction of monks, wkome he hated ; toge

ther [with] the impostor Dunstan. Ixxv. Edward, son of Edgar, murder'd by his

step-mother. To wbich may be inserted the tragedies stirr'd up betwixt the

monks and priests about mariage. Lxxvi. Etheldred, son of Edgar, a slothful king;

the ruin of his land by the Danes. Ixxvii. Cenulin, king of the West-Saxons, for

tyrannie depos'd and banish't; and dy

ing. Ixxviii. The slaughter of the monks of Bangor

by Edelfride, stirrd up, as is said, by Ethelbert, and he by Austine the monke; because the Britains would not receave the rites of the Roman church. See Bede, Geffrey Monmouth, and Holinshed, p. 104. Which must begin with the convocation of British Clergie by Austin to determine superfluous points, which by

them were refused, Ixxix. Edwin, by vision, promis'd the kingdom of

Northumberland on promise of his conversion; and therein establish'l by Rodoald,

king of [the] East-Angles. 1xxx. Oswin, king of Deira, sluine by Ostie

his friend, king of Bernitia, through instigation of flatterers. See Holinsh. p.

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

companie with a person excommunicated, slaine by the same man in his house, according as the bishop Cedda had fore

told, Ixxxii. Egfride, king of the Northumbers, slaine

in battle against the Picts ; having before wasted Ireland, and made warre for no reason on men that ever lou'd the En. glish ; forewarn'd al:o by Cuthbert not

lo fight with the Ficts. 1xxxiii. Kinewulf, king of the West-Saxons,

slaine by Kineard in the house of one of

his concubins. Ixxxiv. Gunthildis, the Danish ladie, with her husband Palingus, and her

slaine by the appointment of the traitor Edrick, in king Ethelred's days. Holinsh, L. vii. C. v. together with the massacre of the

Danes at Oxford. Speed. 1xxxv. Brightrick, (king) of [the] West-Saxons,

poyson'd by his wife Ethelburge, Offa's daughter; who dyes miserably also, in beggery, after adultery, in a nunnerye

Speed in Bitbřick. lxxxvi. Alfred, in disguise of a minstrel, discovers

the Danes' negligence; sets on (them) with a mightie slaughter. About the same tyme the Devonshire men rout

Hubba, and slay him. lxxxvïi. Athelstan exposing his brother Edwin ta

the sea, and repenting,

BRITISH TRAGEDIES.

SON,

fxiii. The cloister-king Constans set up by

Vortiger. Venutius, husband to Car

tismandua. Ixiv. Vortiger poison'd by Roena. Ixv. Vortiger immur'd. Vortiger marrying

Roena. See Speed. Reproou'd by Vodin, archbishop of London. Speed. The inassacre of the Britains by Hengist in thire cups at Salisbury plaine.

Malmsbury. Lxvi. Sigher, of the East-Saxons, revolted

from the faith, and reclaimed by Jaru

mang: Ixvii. Ethelbert, of the East-Angles, slain by

Offa the Mercian. See Holinsh. L. vi.
C. v. Speed, in the life of Offa, and

Ethelbert.
Ixviii. Sebert slaine by Penda, after he had left

his kingdom. See Holinshed, p. 116. Ixix, Wulfer slaying his tow sons for beeing

Christians. Lxx. Osbert, of Northumberland, slain for ra

vishing the wife of Bernbocard, and the Danes brought in. See Stow, Holinsh. L. vi. C. xii. And especially Speed, L.

viii. C. ii. ļxxi, Edmund, last king of the East-Angles,

Ixxxviii. Edgar slaying Ethelwold for false play

caus'd the victorie, &c. Scotch story, po 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 Ixxxix. 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

Norman. 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 inother

LYCIDAS.
and brother dissuading him.
sci. Edmund Ironside defeating the Danes In this Monody, the author bewails a learned
at Brentford ; wilh his combat with Cu-

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 Canute.

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'e of inchastilie; 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 tuo blows

from Chester to Ireland, on a visit to his is slaine, &c. Speed in the life of Ca

frieuds 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 his

Elphin, by whom he was baptized ; and Wilover-affection to strangers, the cause liam Chappel, then dean of Cashel, and proof Godwin's insurrection. Wherein

vost of Dublin college, who had been his tutor Godwin's forbearance of battel, prais’d;

at Christ's college Cambridge, and was afterand the English moderation on both wards bishop of Cork and Ross, and in this pas. sides, magnif'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, not one escaping, Aug. 10, 1637. King was now only twenty

five years old. He was perhaps a native of Ire. SCOTCH 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
tholucus, usurping thereon the kingdom, that society, and written by P. Hausted, Can-
secks to slay the kindied of Athirco, who tab. 1653. 12mo. From which I select these
scape him and conspire against him. He lines, as containing a judicious satire on the
seuds 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,
Hedetests it; but, in his journie home,
changes his mind, and performs it. Non hic cothurni sanguine insonti rubent,
Scotch Chron. English. p. 68, 69.

Nec flagra Megæræ ferrea horrendum into. xcvii. Dutse 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 dulria xcviii. Haie, the plowman, who, with his two Ainoris ; atque his vim abstulere noxiam

sons that were at ploce, running to the bat- Casti lepores, innocua festivitas,
tell that was beliceen the Scots and Eanes Nativa suavitas, proba elegantia, &c."
in the next fieid, staid the fight of his
countrymen, reneu'd the battell, and He also appears with credit in the Cambridge

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Public Verses of his time, He has a copy of What could the Muse herself that Orpheus bore,
Latin jambics, in the Anthologia on the The Muse herself, for her enchanting son,
King's Recovery, Cantab. 1632. 4to. p. 43. Whom universal Nature did lament,

60 Of Latin elegiacs, in the Genethliacum Acad. When, by the rout that made the hideous roar, Cantabrig. Ibid. 1631. 4to. p. 39. Of Latin His goary visage down the stream was sent, iambics in Rex Redux, Ibid. 1633. 4to. p. 14.

Down the swift Hebrus to the Lesbian shore? See also ZYNNAIA, from Cambridge, Ibid.

Alas! what boots it with incessant care 1637, 4to. Signat. C. 3.]

To tend the homely, slighted, shepherd's trade,

Aud strictly meditate the thankless Muse?
Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more

Were it not better done, as others use,
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never-sere,

To sport with Amaryllis in the shade,
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude :

Or with the tangles of Neæra's hair?
And, with forc'd fingers rude,

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise
Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year:

(That last infirmity of noble mind)

71 Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear,

To scorn delights and live laborious days;
Compels me to disturb your season due :

But the fair guerdon when we hope to find,
For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,

And think to burst out into sudden blaze,
Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer :

Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears,
Who would not sing for Lycidas ? he knew

“ But not the 10

And slits the thin-spun life.
Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.

praise,”
He must not float upon his watery bier

Phoebus replied, and touch'd my trembling ears; Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,

“ Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil, Without the meed of some melodious tear.

Nor in the glistering foil
Begin then, Sisters of the sacred well,

Set off to the world, nor in broad rumour lies :
That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring ;

But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes, Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string.

And perfect witness of all-judging Jove; 81
Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse :

As he pronounces lastly on each deed,
So may some gentle Muse

Of so much fame in Heaven expect thy meed.”
With lucky words favour my destin'd urn; 30

O fountain Arethuse, and thou honour'd food, And, as he passes, turn,

Smooth-sliding Mincius, crown'd with vocal reeds !
And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud.

That strain I heard was of a higher mood :
For we were nurs'd upon the self-same hill,

But now my oat proceeds,
Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade, and rill.

And listens to the herald of the sea
Together both, ere the high lawns appear'd

That came in Neptune's plea;
Under the opening eye-lids of the Morn,

He ask'd the waves, and ask'd the felon winds,
We drove afield, and both together heard

What hard mishap bath doom'd this gentle swain?
What time the gray-fy winds her sultry horn,

And question'd every gust of rugged wings
Battening our focks with the fresh dews of night, That blows from off each beaked promontory :
Oft till the star, that rose, at evening bright, 36 They knew not of his story;
Toward Heaven's descent had slop'd his wester-

And sage Hippotades their answer brings,
ing wheel.

That not a blast was from his dungeon stray'd;
Mean while the rural ditties were not mute,

The air was calm, and on the level brine
Temper'd to the oaten flute;

Sleek Panope with all her sisters play'd.
Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Fauns with cloven heel

It was that fatal and perfidious bark, 100
From the glad sound would not be absent long ;

Built in the eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark,
And old Damotas lov'd to hear our song.

That sunk so low that sacred head of thice.
But, О the heavy change, now thou art gone,

Next Camus, reverend sire, went footing slow,
Now thou art gone, and never must return !

His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge,
Thee, shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves

Inwrought with figures diin, and on the edge
With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'er. Like to that sanguine flower inscrib'd with woe.

“Ah! who hath reft“ (quoth he)" my dearest
grown,
And all their echoes mourn :

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Last came, and last did go.

(pledge? The willows, and the hazel copses green,

The pilot of the Galilean lake;
Shall now no more be seen

Two massy keys he bore of metals twain, 110
Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays.

(The golden opes, the iron shuts amain,) As killing as the canker to the rose,

He shook his miter'd locks, and stern bespake: Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,

“ How well could I have spard for thee young Or frost to fowers, that their gay wardrobe wear,

swain,
When first the white-thorn blows;

Enow of such, as for their bellies' sake
Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherds' ear.

Creep, and intrude, and climb into the fold?
Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorse-

Of other care they little reckoning make,
less deep

Than how to scrarnble at the shearers' feast,
Clos'd o'er the head of your lov'd Lycidas ? 51

And shove away the worthy bidden guest;
For neither were ye playing on the steep,

Blind mouths ! that scarce themselves know how
Where your old bards, the famous Druids, lie,

to hold Nor on the shaggy top of Mona high,

A sheep-hook, or have learn'd aught else the least Nor yet where Deva spreads her wizard stream:

That to the faithful herdman's art belongs! 121 Ay me! I fondly dream!

[done?

What recks it them? What need they? They Had ye been there--for what could that have

are sped;

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