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while divulg'd, Aner or Eschcol, or Mamre Abram's confederates come to the house of Abram to be more certain, or to bring news; in the mean while discourfing as the world would, of such an action divers ways, bewailing the fate of fo noble a man faln from his reputation, either through divine justice, or superstition, or covering to do some notable act through zeal. At length a servant sent from Abram relates the truth; and last he himself comes with a great train of Melchizedec, whose shepherds being secret eye-witnesses of all passages had related to their master, and he conducted his friend Abraham home with joy.

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The Scene, the Court.

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Beginning from the morning of Herod's birth-day.

Herod by some Counsellor persuaded on his birthday to release John Baptist, purpoies it, causes him to be sent for to the court from prison. The Queen hears of it, takes occasion to pass where he is, on purpose, that under pretence of reconciling to him, or seeking to draw a kind retraction from him of his censure on the marriage; to which end the sends a courtier before to sound whether he might be persuaded to mitigate his

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* Or else the Queen may plot under pretence of begging for his liberty, to seek to draw him into a snare by his freedom of speech,

sentence, fentence, which not finding, she herself craftily assays, and on his constancy founds an accusation to Herod of a contumacious affront on such a day before many peers, prepares the king to some passion, and at last by her daughter's dancing effects it. There may prologize the Spirit of Philip, Herod's brother. It may also be thought, that Herod had well bedew'd himself with wine, which made him grant the easier to his wife's daughter. Some of his disciples also, as to congratulate his liberty, may be brought in, with whom after certain command of his death many compassioning words of his disciples, bewailing his youth cut off in his glorious course, he telling them his work is done, and wishing them to follow Christ his master,

SODOM. The title, Cupid's funeral pile. Sodom burning.

The Scene before Lot's gate. The Chorus consists of Lot's shepherds come to the city about some affairs await in the evening their malter's return from his evening walk toward the citygates. He brings with him two young men or youths of noble form. After likely discourses prepares for their entertainment. By then supper is ended, the gallantry of the town pass by in procession with music and song to the temple of Venus Urania or Peor, and understanding of two noble strangers arriv'd, they send two of their choicest youth with the priest to invite them to their city solemnities, it being an honour that


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their city had decreed to all fair. personages, as being sacred to their Goddess. The Angels being askt bý the priest whence they are, say they are of Salem; the priest inveighs against the strict reign of Melchizedec. Lot, that knows their drift, answers thwartly at last, of which notice given to the whole assembly, they hasten thither, tax him of presumption, fingularity, breach of city-customs ; in fine, after violence, the Chorus of shepherds prepare resistance in their master's defense, calling the rest of the serviture; but being forc'd to give back, the Angels open the door, rescue Lot, discover themselves, warn him to gather his friends and fons in law out of the city. He goes and returns, as having met with some incredulous. Some other friend or son in law out of the way, when Lot canie to his house, overtakes him to know his business. Here is disputed of incredulity of divine judgments, and such like matter : at last is described the parting from the city; the Chorus depart with their master ; the Angels do the deed with all dreadful execution ; the King and Nobles of the city may come forth, and serve to set out the terror; a Chorus of Angels concluding, and the Angels relating the event of Lot's journey and of his wife. The first Chorus beginning, may relate the course of the city each evening every one with mistress or Ganymed, gitterning along the streets, or solacing on the banks of Jordan, or down the stream. At the priest's inviting the Angels to the solemnity, the Angels pitying their beauty may dispute of love, and how it differs from lust, seeking to win



them. In the last scene, to the King and Nobles, when the fierce thunders begin aloft, the Angel appears all girt with flames, which he faith are the flames of true love, and tells the King, who falls down with terror, his just suffering, as also Athane's, i. e. Gener, Lot's son in law, for despising the continual admonitions of Lot: then calling to the thunders, lightnings, and fires, he bids them hear the call and command of God to come and destroy a godless nation : he brings them down with some short warning to other nations to take heed.

Chrift born.
Herod massacring, or Rachel weeping, Matt. 2.
Chrift bound.
Christ crucified.
Chrift risen.
Lazarus. Joan. 11.


The Angel Gabriel either descending or entring, fhowing since this globe was created, his frequency as much on earth, as in Heaven : describes Paradise, Next the Chorus (hewing the reason of his coming to keep his watch in Paradise after Lucifer's rebellion, by command from God, and withal expresfing his desire to see and know more concerning this excellent new creature, Man. The Angel Gabriel, as by his name fignifying a prince of power, tracing Paradise with a more free office, passes by the station of the Chorus, and desired by them relates what he knew of Man, as the creation of Eve, with their love and marriage. After this Lucifer appears after his overthrow, bemoans himself, seeks revenge on Man. The Chorus prepare resistance at his first approach. At lait, after discourse of enmity on either side, he departs; whereat the Chorus sings of the battel, and victory in Heaven against him and his accomplices; as before, after the first Act, was sung a hymn of the creation. Here again may appear Lucifer relating and insulting in what he had done to the destruction of Man. Man next, and Eve having by this time been seduc'd by the serpent appears confusedly cover'd with leaves. Conscience in a shape accuses him, Justice cites him to the place whither Jehovah call’d for him. In the mean while the Chorus entertains the stage, and is informed by some Angel the manner of his fall. Here the Chorus bewails Adam's fall. Adam then and Eve re. turn, accuse one another, but especially Adam lays the blame to his wife, is stubborn in his offense. Justice appears; reasons with him, convinces him. The Chorus admonisheth Adam, and bids him beware Lu. cifer's example of impenitence. The Angel is sent to banish them out of Paradise; but before causes to pass before his eyes in shapes a Mask of all the evils of this life and world. He is humbled, relents, despairs; at last appears Mercy, comforts him, promises the Meffiah ; then calls in Faith, Hope, and Charity ; instructs him ; he repents, gives God the glory, submits



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