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FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE.

THE FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE.

This comedy was printed in quarto in the year 1638, with the following title: "6 The Fancies, Chast and Noble : Present. ed by the Queenes Majesties Servants, at the Phønix in DruryLane. Fide Honor. London, printed by E. P. for Henry Seile, and are to be sold at his shop, at the Tyger's Head in Fleet Street, over against Saint Dunstan's Church.” It has a copy of verses by Edward Greenfield prefixed, for which see the First Volume. There is no enumeration of the Dramatis Persona. The play has, like most of our author's, never been reprinted, and seems to have attracted very little notice hitherto.

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THE RIGHT NOBLE LORD, THE LORD

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RANDAL MACDONNELL,

EARL OF ANTRIM IN THE KINGDOM OF IRELAND, LORD

VISCOUNT DUNLUCE *.

MY LORD, Princes, and worthy personages of your own emi. nence, have entertained poems of this nature with a serious welcome. The desert of their authors might transcend mine, not their study of service.

* This nobleman was the son of Sir Randal Macdonell, who, in his youth, joined in Tyrone's rebellion, but subsequently be came a loyal subject of King James, and contributed greatly to the civilization of Ireland, for which service he was created suc. cessively Viscount Dunluce and Earl of Antrim. He died 18th December 1636. The peer who succeeded him, and to whom the present play is dedicated, was born in 1609. He attended King Charles I. in his expedition against Scotland in 1639; was accu. sed of joining the rebels in Ireland in 1642, but cleared ; but subsequently joined them for the benefit of his royal master. He was twice imprisoned by Major-General Monro in Carrickfergus, but escaped both times. In 1643, he was created Marquis of Antrim. Though he made his peace with Cromwell, he asa sisted Charles II. in his escape, after the battle of Worcester. He died at an advanced age, in the year 1673.

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