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Achitophel, 2 Sam. xv. xvi. Elisæus Menutes, sive in Doxvii. xviii.
thaimis, 2 Kings vi. Adoniah, 1 Kings ii.
Samaria Liberata, 2 Kings vii. Solomon Gynæcocratumenus,
Achabæi Cunoborwmeni, 2 or Idolomargus, aut Thysiazusä. Kings ix. The scene Jezreel: 1 Kings xi.
beginning from the watchman's Rehoboam, 1 Kings xii. where discovery of Jehu till he go out: is disputed of a politic religion. in the mean while, message of
Abias Thersæus, 1 Kings xiv. things passing brought to JezeThe queen after much dispute, bel, &c. Lastly the seventy heads as the last refuge sent to the of Ahab's sons brought in, and prophet Ahias of Shilo, receives message brought of Ahaziah's the message. The Epitasis in brethren slain on the way, C. X, that she hearing the child shall Jehu Belicola, 2 Kings x. die as she comes home, refuses Athaliah, 2 Kings xi. to return, thinking thereby to Amaziah Doryalotus, 2 Kings elude the oracle. The former xiv. 2 Chron. xxv. part is spent in bringing the
2 sick prince forth as it were de- Kings xviii. xix. Hezechia besirous to shift his chamber and sieged. The wicked hypocrisy couch as dying men use, his of Shebna, spoken of in c. xi. or father telling him what sacrifice thereabout, of Isaiah, and the he had sent for his health to commendation of Eliakim will Bethel and Dan; his fearlessness afford apopuds Loyou, together of death, and putting his father with a faction, that sought help in mind to set (send] to Ahiah. from Egypt. The Chorus of the elders of Josiah Asafomenos, 2 Kings Israel, bemoaning his virtues be- xxiii. reft them, and at another time Zedechiah vsotee.So, 2 Kings, wondering why Jeroboam being but the story is larger in Jerebad himself should so grieve for miah. his son that was good, &c.
Solymw Halosis; which may Imbres, or the showers, 1 begin from a message brought Kings xviii. xix.
to the city, of the judgment upon Naboth ouroperTOUPLEvos, 1 Kings Zedechiah and his children in xxi.
Ribla, and so seconded with the Ahab, 1 Kings xxii. beginning burning and destruction of city at the synod of false prophets; and temple by Nebuzaradan; ending with relation of Ahab's lamented by Jeremiah. death; his body brought; Zede- Asa or Æthiopes, 2 Chron. xiv. chiah slain by Ahab's friends for with the deposing his mother, his seducing. (See Lavater, 2 and burning her idol. Chron. xviii.)
The three Children, Dan. iii. Elias in the mount, 2 Kings i.
BRITISH TRAGEDIES. 'ocsiberns, or better, Elias Pole mistes.
1. The cloister king Constans Elisæus Hudrochoos, 2 Kings set up by Vortiger. iii. Hudrophantes, Aquator. 2. Vortiger poisoned by Roe
3. Vortiger immured.
Monks and Priests about marThe three following were added riage.
afterwards in the margin. 14. Etheldred, son of Edgar, Venutius husband to Cartis. a slothful king, the ruin of his mandua.
land by the Danes. Vortiger marrying Roena. See 15. Ceaulin, king of WestSpeed. Reproved by Vordin, Saxons, for tyranny deposed, and Archbishop of London. Speed. banished, and dying.
The massacre of the Britons 16. The slaughter of the Monks by Hengist in their cups at Salis- of Bangor by Edelfride stirred bury plain. Malmsbury. up, as is said, by Ethelbert, and
4. Sigher of the East-Saxons he by Austin the Monk, because revolted from the faith, and re- the Britons would not receive claimed by Jarumang.
the rites of the Roman Church. 5. Ethelbert of the East-An- See Bede, Geffrey Monmouth, gles slain by Offa the Mercian. and Holinshed, p. 104. which See Holinsh. l. vi. c. 5. Speed must begin with the Convocation in the Life of Offa and Ethel- of British Clergy by Austin to bert.
determine superfluous points, 6. Sebert slain by Penda after which by them was refused. he had left his kingdom. See 17. Edwin by vision promised Holinshed, p. 116.
the kingdom of Northumberland 7. Wulfer slaying his two sons on promise of his conversion, for being Christians.
and therein established by Ro8. Osbert of Northumberland doald king of East-Angles. slain for ravishing the wife of 18. Oswin king of Deira slain Bernbocard, and the Danes by Oswie his friend king of Berbrought in. See Stow. Holinsh. nitia, through instigation of flat1. vi. c. 12. and especially Speed, terers. See Holinshed, p. 115. 1. viii. c. 2.
19. Sigibert of the East-Angles 9. Edinund last king of the keeping company with a person East-Angles martyred by Hin- excommunicated, slain by the guar the Dane. See Speed, 1. viii. same man in his house, according c. 2.
as the Bishop Cedda had fore10. Sigebert, tyrant of the told. West-Saxons, slain by a Swine- 20. Egfride king of the Northherd.
umbers slain in battle against 11. Edmund, brother of Athel- the Picts, having before wasted stan slain by a thief at his own Ireland, and made war for no table. Malmesb.
reason on men that ever loved 12. Edwin, son to Edward the the English: forewarned also by younger, for lust deprived of his Cuthbert not to fight with the kingdom, or rather by faction of Picts. Monks, whom he hated; toge- 21. Kinewulf, king of Westther with the impostor Dunstan. Saxons, slain by Kineard in the
13. Edward son of Edgar mur- house of one of his concubines. dered by his step-mother. To 22. Gunthildis, the Danish which may be inserted the tra. lady, with her husband Palingus, gedy stirred up betwixt the and her son, slain by appointment of the traitor Edrick in 30. Edmund Ironside murking Ethelred's days. Holinshed; dered by Edrick the traitor, and 1. vii. c. 5. together with the revenged by Canute. massacre of the Danes at Oxford. 31. Gunilda, daughter to king Speed.
Canute and Emma, wife to 23. Brightrick of West-Saxons Henry the third Emperor, acpoisoned by his wife Ethelburge, cused of inchastity, is defended Offa's daughter, who dies mise- by her English page in combat rably also in beggary after adul- against a giant-like adversary; tery in a nunnery. Speed in who by him at two blows is slain, Bithrick.
fc. Speed in the Life of Canute. 24. Alfred in disguise of a 32. Hardiknute dying in his minstrel discovers the Danes' cups, an example to riot. negligence, sets on with a mighty 33. Edward Confessor's dislaughter; about the same time vorcing and imprisoning his noble the Devonshire men rout Hubba, wife Editha, Godwin's daughter; and slay him.
wherein is shewed his over-afA Heroical poem may be fection to strangers, the cause founded somewhere in Alfred's of Godwin's insurrection, wherereign, especially at his issuing in Godwin's forbearance of battle out of Edelingsey on the Danes, praised, and the English modewhose actions are well like those ration on both sides magnified. of Ulysses.
His slackness to redress the cor25. Althestan exposing his bro- rupt clergy, and superstitious ther Edwin to the sea, and re- pretence of chastity. penting
26. Edgar slaying Ethelwold ABRAM FROM MOREA, OR ISAAC for false play in wooing, wherein may be set out his pride, lust, The economy may be thus. which he thought to close by The fifth or sixth day after Abrafavouring Monks and building ham's departure, Eleazer, AMonasteries: also the disposition bram's steward, first alune, and of woman in Elfrida toward her then with the Chorus, discourse husband.
of Abraham's strange voyage, 27. Swane besieging London, their mistress” sorrow and perand Ethelred repulsed by the plexity accompanied with frightLondoners.
ful dreams; and tell the manner 28. Harold slain in battle by of his rising by night, taking his William the Norman. The first servants and his son with him. scene may begin with the ghost Next may come forth Sarah herof Alfred, the second son of self; after the Chorus, or Ismael, Ethelred, slain in cruel manner or Agar; next some shepherd' or by Godwin, Harold's father, his company of merchants passing mother and brother dissuading through the mount in the time him.
that Abram was in the mid-work, 29. Edmund Ironside defeat- relate to Sarah what they saw. ing the Danes at Brentford, with Hence lamentation, fears, wonhis combat with Canute.
ders: the matter in the mean
while divulged. Aner, or Esch- many peers, prepares the king col, or Mamre, Abram's confede- to some passion, and at last by rates, come to the house of Abram her daughter's dancing effects it. to be more certain, or to bring There may prologize the Spirit news; in the mean while dis- of Philip, Herod's brother. It coursing as the world would of may also be thought, that Herod such an action divers ways, be- had well bedewed himself with wailing the fate of so noble a wine, which made him grant man fallen from his reputation, the easier to his wife's daughter. either through divine justice, or Some of his disciples also, as to superstition, or coveting to do congratulate his liberty, may be some notable act through zeal. brought in, with whom after At length a servant sent from certain command of his death Abram relates the truth; and many compassioning words of last he himself comes with a his disciples, bewailing his youth great train of Melchizedeck, cut off in his glorious course, he whose shepherds being secret telling them his work is done, eye-witnesses of all passages had and wishing them to follow related to their master, and he Christ his master. conducted his friend Abraham home with joy.
The title, Cupid's funeral pile. BAPTISTES.
Sodom burning The Scene, the Court. The Scene before Lot's gate. Beginning from the morning of The Chorus consists of Lot's
Herod's birth-day. shepherds, coming to the city Herod by some counsellor about some affairs, await in the persuaded on his birth-day to evening their master's return release John Baptist, purposes from his evening walk toward it, causes him to be sent for to the city gates. He brings with the court from prison. The him two young men or youths Queen hears of it, takes occasion of noble form. After likely disto pass where he is, on purpose, courses prepares for their enterthat under pretence of reconciling tainment. By then supper is to him, or seeking to draw a ended, the gallantry of the town kind retraction from him of his pass by in procession with music censure on the marriage; to and song to the temple of Venus which end she sends a courtier Urania or Peor, and understandbefore to sound whether he ing of two noble strangers armight be persuaded to mitigate rived, they send two of their his
sentence, which not finding, choicest youth with the priest to . she herself craftily assays, and invite them to their city solemon his constancy founds an accu- nities, it being an honour that sation to Herod of a contuma- their city had decreed to all fair cious affront on such a day before personages, as being sacred to
Or else the Queen may plot under pretence of begging for his liberty, to seek to draw him into a snare by his freedom of speech.
their Goddess. The angels being seeking to win them. In the asked by the priest whence they last scene, to the king and noare, say they are of Salem; the bles, when the fierce thunders priest inveighs against the strict begin aloft, the angel appears all reign of Melchizedeck. Lot, girt with flames, which he saith that knows their drift, answers are the flames of true love, and thwartly at last, of which notice tells the king, who falls down given to the whole assembly, with terror, his just suffering, as they hasten thither, tax him of also Athane's, i. e. Gener, Lot's presumption, singularity, breach son-in-law, for despising the conof city customs; in fine, after tinual admonitions of Lot: then violence, the Chorus of shep- calling to the thunders, lightherds prepare resistance in their nings, and fires, he bids them master's defence, calling the rest hear the call and command of of the serviture; but being God to come and destroy a godforced to give back, the angels less nation: he brings them down open the door, rescue Lot, dis- with some short warning to other cover themselves, warn him to nations to take heed. gather his friends and sons-in- Christ born. law out of the city. He goes Herod massacreing, or Rachel and returns, as having met with weeping, Matt. ii. some incredulous. Some other
Christ bound. friend or son-in-law out of the
Christ crucified. way, when Lot came to his house,
Christ risen. overtakes him to know his busi.
Lazarus. John xi. Here is disputed of incredulity of divine judgments, and ADAM UNPARADISED. such like matter: at last is de. The angel Gabriel either de scribed the parting from the city; scending or entering, shewing, the Chorus depart with their since this globe was created, his master; the angels do the deed frequency as much on earth, as with all dreadful execution; the in heaven: describes Paradise. king and nobles of the city may Next the Chorus shewing the come forth, and serve to set out reason of his coming to keep the terror; a Chorus of angels his watch in Paradise after Luconcluding, and the angels relat- cifer's rebellion, by command ing the event of Lot's journey from God, and withal expressing and of his wife. The first Cho his desire to see and know more rus beginning, may relate the concerning this excellent new course of the city each evening creature, Man. The angel Gaevery one with mistress or Gany- briel, as by his name signifying mede,gitterning along the streets, a prince of power, tracing Paraor solacing on the banks of Jor- dise with a more free office, passes dan, or down the stream. At by the station of the Chorus, and the priest's inviting the angels desired by them relates what he to the solemnity, the angels pity. knew of Man, as the creation of ing their beauty may dispute of Eve, with their love and marlove, and how it differs from lust, riage. After this Lucifer ap