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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," byT. 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 Eng. land," 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—" 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," 1665, and preface to B. Jonson's "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 " Pap with a Hatchet"—" A sixe-fold Politician, with a sixe-fold Precept of Policy," 1601), 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— "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.