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Her garment was figured with various sorts of imprisonment, and pićtures of violent and premature death.

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What wight art thou, a foe or fawning frend ?
If Death thou art, I pray thee make an end
But th’ art not Death l—Art thou some Fury sent
My woefull corps with paynes more to torment

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“Lo! here the blade that Dido' of Carthage hight, &c.

Cordelia takes this sword, but doubtfull yet to dye. Despair then represents to her the state and power which she enjoyed in France, her troops of attendants, and the pleasures of the court she had left. She then points out her present melancholy condition and dreary situation.

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Cordelia gropes for the sword, or fatall knife, in the dark, which Despa IR places in her hand.

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Then gan the villaine" him to oueraw,
And brought unto him swords, ropes, poysons, fire,
And all that might him to perdition draw ;

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And bade him chuse what death he would desire: For death was due to him that had prouokt God's ire.

But when as none of them he sawe him take,
He to him raught a dagger sharpe and keene,
And gaue it him in hand: his hand did quake
And tremble like a leafe of aspin greene,
And troubled bloud through his pale face was seene
To come and goe, with tydinges from the hart,
As it a running messenger had beene.
At last, resolv'd to worke his finall smart
He lifted up his hand that backe againe did start ‘.

The three first books of the FAERIE QUEENE were published in 1590. Higgins's Legend of Cordelia in 1587. At length the whole was digested anew with additions, in 1610, by Richard Niccols, an ingenious poet, of whom more will be said hereafter, under the following title. “A MIR“ Rour for MAGIs TRATEs ', being a true Chronicle-history of the vntimely falles of such vnfortvnate princes and men of note as Baue happened since the first entrance of Brute into this Iland wntill this our age. Newly eNLARGED with a last part called “ a WINTER NIGHT's Vision being an addition of such Tra“gedies especially famous as are exempted in the former Historie, with a poem annexed called ENGLAND's ELIZA. At London, “imprinted by Felix Kyngston, 1610 *.” Niccols arranged his edition thus. Higgins's INDuction is at the head of the Lives from Brutus to the Conquest. Those from the conquest to LoRD CroMwell's legend written by Drayton and now first added", are introduced by Sackville's INDUCT to N. After this are placed such lives as had been before on tied, ten in number, written by Niccols himself, with an Is DUCTIon *. As it illustrates the history of this work, especialty of Sackville's share in it, I will here insert a part of Niccols's preface prefixed to those TRAGED 1 Es which happened after the conquest, beginning with that of Robert Trefilian. “Hauing hitherto

* FA E R. Qv. i. x. 50. Koncs-Sku Go-S10, or Roy Al M1R rour,

7 Of the early use in the middle ages an antient prose work in Norvegian, writof the word Speculu M as the title of a ten about 1 170, printed in 1768, 4to, fol. book, see Joh. Finnaeus’s Disser ratio- xviii. Historic A-Litt E. Raria, prefixed to the * A thick quarto.

Vol. III. L 1 - first * Drayton wrote three other legends on * Fol. 555.

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continued the storie from the first entrance of BR v TE into this iland, with the FALLEs of svch PR Nces as were neuer before this time in one volume comprised, I now proceed with the rest, which take their beginning from the Conquest: whose penmen being many and diuerse, all diuerslie affected in the method of this their MIRRou R, I purpose onlie to follow the intended scope of that most honorable personage, who by how mych he did surpasse the rest in the eminence of his noble condition, by so mwch he hath exceeded them all in the excellencie of his heroicall stile, which with golden pen he hath limmed out to posteritie in that worthie objećt of his minde the TRAGE DIE of T H E D UK E of Bucki NGHAM, and in his Preface then intituled MAs TER SAckulls INDuction. This worthy president of learning intended to perfeót all this storie of himselfe from the Conquest. Being called to a more serious expence of his time in the great state affaires of his most royall ladie and soueraigne, he left the dispose therof to M. Baldwine, M. Ferrers, and others, the composers of these Tragedies: who continving their methode, which was by way of dialogue or interlocwtion betwixt euerie Tragedie, gaue it onlie place before the dwke of Bvckingham's CoMPLAINT. Which order I fince hauing altered, haue placed the INDuction in the beginninge, with euerie Tragedie following according to svccession and ivst compvtation of time, which before was not obserued ".”

this plan, Robert duke of Normandy, Ma- • Fol. 253. Compare Baldwyne's Protilda, and Pierce Gaveston, of which I shall logue at fol. cxiv. b. edit. 1559. ut supr. (peak more particularly under that writer.

In the Legend of king Richard the Third, Niccols appears to have copied some passages from Shakespeare's Tragedy on that history. In the opening of the play Richard says,

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God Mars laid by his Launce and tooke his Lute,
And turn'd his rugged frownes to smiling lookes ;
In stead of crimson fields, warres fatall fruit,
He bathed his limbes in Cypre's warbling brookes,
And set his thoughts upon her wanton lookes".

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