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His fiery virtue rous'd
Man. Come, come, no time for lamentation now,
1695 villatic] Plin. lib. xxiii. sect. 17. · Villaticas alites.'
Richardson. 1700 imbost] Sandy's Psalms, p. 65. Lord! as the hart imbost with heat.' Quarles's Emblems, p. 290, "imbost doth fly.' Marino's Slaugh. of the Innocents, p. 61. Whitings Albino and Bellama,
Honour hath left and freedom, but let them
Home to his mother's house private return'd.' 1740 high] Hawes's Past. of Pleasure, 1554. ch. xxxii.
Right high aduentures unto you shall fall.' Todd.
Visit his tomb with flowers, only bewailing
Chor. All is best, though we oft doubt,
and consolation hath dismiss'd, And calm of mind, all passion spent.
1755 acquist] Heath's Chron. of Civil Wars, fol. p. 402, "his unjust acquists.' Todd.
Note] It was the custom of the scholars who lived in the age just previous to that of Milton, and who possessed a command of poetical language, to form dramas in Latin verse from scripture histories. Besides the two volumes of the Dramata Sacra,' there is the Abramus' of Th. Beza, the “Parabata Vinctus' of Thuanus, the
Christus Patiens,' the “Sophom-paneas,' and the · Adamus Exsul,' of Grotius, the “Jephthas,' and · Baptistes' of Buchanan, the · Herodes Infanticida' of Dan. Heinsius. These I have read; probably there are others with which I am not acquainted; there are also many Italian dramas formed on the sacred history, and our old mysteries. The Greek translation of this play, by G. H. Glasse, has been pronounced to be “a work constructed with such precision, and expressed with such elegance, as never appeared in Europe since the revival of learning.' Parr's Letters, i. p. 637.
To the first edition of the author's minor poems, printed in 1645,
was prefixed the following advertisement of
THE STATIONER TO THE READER.
It is not any private respect of gain, gentle Reader, for the slightest pamphlet is now adays more vendible than the works of the most learned men; but it is the love I have to our own language, that hath made me diligent to collect and set forth such pieces both in prose and verse, as may renew the wonted honor and esteem of our English tongue : and it's the worth of these poems, not the flourish of any prefixed encomiums that can invite thee to buy them, though these are not without the highest commendations and applause of the learned Academics, both domestic and foreign; and amongst those of our own country, the unparallel'd attestation of that renowned Provost of Eton, Sir Henry Wotton. I know not thy palate how it relishes such dainties, nor how harmonious thy soul is; perhaps more trivial airs may please thee better. But howsoever thy opinion is spent upon these, that encouragement I have already received from the most ingenious men in their clear and courteous entertainment of Mr. Waller's late choice pieces, hath once more made me adventure into the world, presenting it with these ever-green, and not to be blasted laurels. The Author's more peculiar excellency in these studies was too well known to conceal his papers, or to keep me from attempting to solicit them from him. Let the event guide itself which way it will, I shall deserve of the age, by bringing into the light as true a birth, as the Muses have brought forth since our famous Spenser wrote; whose poems in these are as rarely imitated, as sweetly excell’d. Reader, if thou art eagle-ey'd to censure their worth, I am not fearful to expose them to thy exacted perusal.
Thine to command,