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The M AID’s TK AGRP Y.
A KING and no KIN G.
The SCORN FUL L A D Y.
Printed under the Inspection of Mr. THEOBALD.
in the Strand.
P R E F A C CE,
By T. SEWA R D.
HE Public at length receives a new Edition of the two great Poets, who, with a Fate in each case alike unjust, were extoll’d for nçar a Century after their Deaths, as Equc!:, Rivals, nay,
Superiors to the iiņıncrcal Shakespear; but in the present Age have beeri deprệss'd beneath the smooth-polished eneryate faç of the Modern Drama. And as their Fame has been so different with respect to other Poets, so has it varied also between Themselves. Fletcher was a while supposed unable to rise to any Height of Eminence, had not Beaumont's stronger Arm bore him upwards. Yet no sooner had he lost that Aid; and demonstrated that it was Delight and Love, not Necessity, which made him foar abreast with his amiable Friend ; but the still injurious World began to strip the Plumes from Beaumont, and to dress Fletcher in the whole Fame, leaving to the former nothing but the mere Pruning of Fletcher's luxuriant Wit, the Limæ Labor, VOL. I. a 3
Tho' thus he call’d his Judge into his Fame,
See Cartwright's Poem below.