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10. BEAUTY IN A TRANCE, T. Entered on the Sta-.
tioners' books, September 9th, 1653, but not printed. Destroyed by Mr. Warburton's servant.
11. The LONDON MERCHANT, C., 12. The Royal COMBAT, C. Entered on the Stationers' 13. AN ILL BEGINNING HAS A books June 29th, 1660, but
's not printed. Destroyed by Good END, C. Played at the Mr. Warburton's servant. Cockpit, 1613.
14. The Fairy Knight. Ford and Decker.
15. A LATE MURTHER OF THE SONNE UPON THE Mo
THER. Ford and Webster.
16. The Bristowe MERCHANT. Ford and Decker.
These are given from the researches of Mr. G. Chalmers. For other pieces attributed to our author, see p. xiii.
COMMENDATORY VERSES ON FORD.
To my Honour'd Friend, Master John FORD, on his
* GEORGE DONNE.] Mr. Weber felicitates the poet on the success of this drama, which had the good fortune, he says, to be recommended to the public by “the celebrated Dr. Donne"! That any one, who pretended to the slightest acquaintance with the writers of Ford's time, should be so incomprehensibly ignorant of their style and manner as to attribute this feeble doggerel to John Donne, the dean of St. Paul's--but I dare not trust myself with the subject.
At the moment when this unfortunate blunderer supposes Dr. Donne anxious to ply his barren quill and stick his name bere, purely “ to shew his love," that great man was fallen into a dangerous sickness, (wbich eventually carried him off,) and was pressing forward with the zeal of a martyr, and the purity of a saint, to the crown that was set before him.
GEORGE Donpe seems to have been a constant attendant at the theatres. He was apparently a kind-hearted, friendly man, who had his little modicum of praise ready upon all occasions. He has verses to Jopson, Massinger, and others.
To his worthy Friend the Author ( of The Lover's Me
lancholy) Master John FORD.
To the Author of the Lover's Melancholy) Master
* In a copy of verses prefixed to Massinger's Emperor of the East, Singleton calls himself “the friend and kinsman" of that poet. I know nothing more of bim. It will be time enough to speak of his immediate follower, Hum. Howorth, wben I know what he means. It must be admitted, that Mr. Weber bas placed Dr. Donne at the head of a most illustrious quartetto.
Here their best lectures read, collect, and see
Of the Lover's Melancholy.
O qedos. *
To my Friend the Author (of 'Tis Pity she's a Whore.)
* Macklin, with a degree of learning which quite perplexes Mr. Malone, has daringly (but happily) ventured to put these profound symbols into English characters, and subscribe the quatrain Philos. Mr. Malone thinks he must have had the assistance of some learned friend.
And help'd to put her dressings on. Secure
To my Friend Mr. John Ford, (on his Love's Sacrifice.) Unto this altar, rich with thy own spice, I bring one grain to thy Love's Sacrifice; And boast to see thy flames ascending, while Perfumes enrich our air from thy sweet pile. Look here, thou, that hast malice to the stage, And impudence enough for the whole age; Voluminously ignorant!+ be vext To read this tragedy, and thy own be next.
To my own Friend, Master John Ford, on his justifiable
Poem of Perkin Warbeck, this Ode. They who do know me, know that I,
Unskill'd to flatter, Dare speak this piece, in words, in matter, A work, without the danger of a lie.
* A relative, perhaps, of Mr. Robert Ellice, one of 'the three respected friends' to wbom our poet inscribed the ' Lover's Melancholy.'
+ Voluminously ignorant, &c.] Antony Wood bas adopted and justified this characteristic designation of Prynne. He may as well be called “voluminous Prynne,” he says, “as Tostatus Abulensis was, two hundred years before him, called voluminous Tostatus,”