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Methought the souls of all that I had murder'd
Came to my tent, and every one did threat . . . )
And of the heauens with sad complaint did craue,
But some of the stanzas immediately following, which are formed on Shakespeare's ideas, yet with some original imagination, will give the reader the most favourable idea of Niccols
Tormented in such trance long did I lie, .
About mine eares a buzzing feare still flew,
If internal evidence was not a proof, we are sure from other evidences that Shakespeare's tragedy preceded Niccols's legend. The tragedy was written about 1597. Niccols, at eighteen years of age, was admitted into Magdalene college in Oxford, in the year 1602 *. It is easy to point out other marks of imitation. Shakespeare has taken nothing from Seagars's Richard the third, printed in Baldwine's collection, or first edition, in the year 1559. Shakespeare, however, probably catched the idea of the royal shades, in the same scene of the tragedy before us, appearing in succession and speaking to Richard and Richmond, from the general plan of the MIRRour er MAGISTRATEs : more especially, as many of Shakespeare's ghosts there introduced, for instance, King Henry the fixth, Clarence, Rivers, Hastings, and Buckingham, are the personages of five of the legends belonging to this poem.
* Pag. 764. - Magdalene Hall, where he was graduated * Registr. Univ. Oxon. He retired to in Arts, 1606. Ibid.
S E. C. T. XXXIII.
Y way of recapitulating what has been said, and in order to give a connected and uniform view of the MIRRour of MAGIs TRATEs in its most complete and extended state, its original contents and additions, I will here detail the subjećts of this poem as they stand in this last or Niccols's edition of 1610, with reference to two preceding editions, and some other incidental particularities. Niccols's edition, after the Epistle Dedicatorie prefixed to Higgins's edition of 1587, an Advertisement To the Reader by Niccols, a Table of Contents, and Thomas Newton's recommendatory verses abovementioned, begins with an Indućtion called the AUTHoR's INDuction, written by Higgins, and properly belonging to his edition. Then follow these Lives. Albanaćt youngest son of Brutus". Humber king of the Huns. King Locrine eldest son of Brutus. Queen Elstride concubine of Locrine. Sabrina daughter of Locrine. King Madan. King Malin. King Mempric. King Bladud. Queen Cordelia. Morgan king of Albany. King Jago. Ferrex. Porrex. King Pinnar slain by Molucius Donwallo. King Stater. King Rudacke of Wales. King Kimarus. King Morindus. King Emerianus. King Cherinnus. King Varianus. Irelanglas cousin to Cassibelane. Julius Cesar. Claudius Tiberius Nero. Caligula. King Guiderius. Lelius Hamo. Tiberius Drusus. Domitius Nero. Galba. Vitellius. Londric the Pićt. Severus. Fulgentius a Pićt. Geta. Caracalla". All these from Albanačt, and in the same order, form the first part of Higgins's edition of the year 1587°. But none of them are in Baldwyne's, or the first, collection, of the year 1559. And, as I presume, these lives are all written by Higgins. Then follow in Niccols's edition, Caraufius, Queen Helena, Vortigern, Uther Pendragon, Cadwallader, Sigebert, Ebba, Egelred, Edric, and Harold, all written by Thomas Blener Hasset, and never before printed. We have next a new title", “ The variable Fortvne and vnhappie “ Falles of svch princes as hath happened since the Conquest. “Wherein may be seene, &c. At London, by Felix Kyngston. “ 1609.” Then, after an Epistle to the Reader, subscribed R. N. that is Richard Niccols, follow, Sackville's INDUCTIon. Cavyll's Roger Mortimer. Ferrers's Trefilian. Ferrers's Thomas of Woodstock. Churchyard's Mowbray. Ferrers's King Richard the second. Phaer's Owen Glendour. Henry Percy. Baldwyne's Richard earl of Cambridge. Baldwyne's Montague earl of Salisbury. Ferrers's Eleanor Cobham. Ferrers's Humfrey duke of Gloucester. Baldwyne's William De La Poole earl of Suffolk. Baldwyne's Jack Cade. Ferrers's Edmund duke of Somerset. Richard Plantagenet duke of York. Lord Clifford. Tiptoft earl of Worcester. Richard lord Warwick. King Henry the fixth. George Plantagenet duke of Clarence. Skelton's King Edward the fourth. Woodvile lord Rivers. Dolman's Lord Hastings. Sackville's Duke of Buckingham. Collingburne. Cavyll's Blacksmith. Higgins's Sir Nicholas Burdet. Churchyard's Jane Shore. Churchyard's Wolsey. Drayton's Lord Cromwell. All these", Humfrey, Cobham, Burdet, Cromwell, and Wolsey, excepted, form the whole, but in a less chronological disposition, of Baldwyne's collection, or edition, of the year 1559, as we have seen above: from whence they were reprinted, with the addition of Humfrey, Cobham, Burdet, and Wolsey, by Higgins, in his edition aforesaid of 1587, and where Wolsey closes the work. Another title then appears in Niccols's * Where they end at fol. 1 ob. a. * That is, from p. 250. * After p. 250. edition,
* Pag. 1. * Ending with pag, 185, sa IIMC