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THE

POETICAL DECAMERON.

THE TENTH CONVERSATION.

CONTENTS

OF THE TENTH CONVERSATION.

• The historians of the English stage_Lodge's “Alarum against Usurers,” 1584, again introduced–T. Nash on Usurers from his " Christs Teares ouer Jerusalem,” 1593_His amends to Dr. G. Harvey-How the lives and characters of Nash, Greene, &c. have been blackened by puritanical writers proved from the “ French Academie,” in two parts, 1594_Epistles prefixed by T. B. the translator, and especially that before part II.- Doubt if T. B. were not Thomas Beard, author of the “ Theatre of Gods Iudgements"_Beard on C. Marlow, an Atheist-Probable quotation in the “ French Academie,” from some work by Marlow against Christianity-Attack by T. B. upon Robert Greene, for his misled and irreligious life~T. Nash's " Lenten Stuffe,” 1599, quoted Allusion by T. B. to Lodge's defence of plays, &c.-Lodge's " Delectable Historie of Forbonius and Prisceria”-Romeo and Juliet-Outline of Lodge's story_Specimen of pastoral poetry by him—“ England's Parnassus," 1600—Address of Corulus to Corinna, &c.—Conclusion of the history—“ Truth's Complaint ouer England,” by T. Lodge, with quotations-Sir J. Harington, 1591 and 1597, on plays T. Heywood's “ Apology for Actors,” 1612, and its character-Quotation from his Troia Britannica, 1609— Specimens of his “ Apology"-T. Gainsford's “ Glory of England,” 1619, cited regarding the amusements of London-Heywood on the actors of his time and earlier-Richard Tarlton, the jester, &c. and mention of him in P. Bucke's “ Three Lordes and three Ladies of London,” 1590—6 Tarlton's Iests,” 1611, quoted regarding his flat nose“ The Schoolemaster or Teacher of Table Philosophie,” 1576, with an old joke modernized, respecting a physician's pupil—The third division of Heywood's “ Apology"

and extract_Why the Puritans were such enemies of the stage -J. Shirley's “ Polititian," 1655, and preface to B. Jonson's 6 Volpone” cited—“ A Refutation of the Apology for Actors," 1615, by J. G.-Its style, and extracts from it-J. G's logical attempt, and a parallel from 6 Pap with a Hatchet”_“ A sixe-fold Politician, with a sixe-fold Precept of Policy," 1609, by J. M.-Doubt whether J. M. were Milton's father or an inferior author of the name of Melton-Character of Milton's father, and of his book - His chapter on poets, and attack upon theatres quoted-Bishop Hall on drunken rhymers—“Essayes and Characters, ironical and instructive,” 1615, by John Stephens His praise of the English drama. A common player described by him-Excursions of London actors into the country -“ Histrio-mastix, or the player whipt,” 1610, a play, described -Allusion in it to John Marston's Satires—MS. pageant by Marston, in the Royal Library, not known--Account of it-Sir W. Vaughan's " Golden Grove," 1608, and “ Golden Fleece,” 1626

Cause of the enmity of the Puritans to the stage“ Histriomastix: the Players Scourge,” 1633, by W. Prynne-Its contents

First appearance of women on the stage decided by Thomas Jordan's “ Rosary of Rarities”-_Difference between the obscenity of plays before and after the Restoration-Charge against Prynne of retracting his anti-theatrical opinions in “ a Defence of Stageplays,” and his reply in a posting-bill, dated January 10, 1648 166 The Actor's Remonstrance, or Complaint for the silencing of their profession,” 1643, a rare tract among the King's pamphlets

Quotations from it on the reform of Actors, and on their distresses and those of their Poets in consequence of the restriction.

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