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By John Dryden

This selection of prose writing from the pen of Dryden dates from 1668 to 1691, and comprises paintings that the editors describe as "a sampler of Dryden as biographer-historian, political commentator, spiritual controversialist, literary polemicist, literary theorist, and useful critic. one of the works contained this is his "Essay of Dramatick Poesie."

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A beautiful personality of his Heroine, to make her an ailing natured idiot. five is 14 24 Scaramoucha,] Scaramucha Q. eleven crossgraind] crosgraind Q. Mercury] Mercury Q. thirteen Hamets] Harriet Q. personal] oun Q. 21 You] you Q. incorrigible] incorigible Q. Notes and Observations 169 within the subsequent position why should still this Muley Labas steale her away, or, to keep on with our Authors Bull, ravish her along with her personal consent? who for ought we all know may need had her for talking. And it should were the 1st cut price her Father must have made: He was once a Prince, her equall or Superiour; and as errant a foole as his Daughter; in order that they have been onely healthy for each other; And nearly as good as married of their Characters. but for the reason that not anything may serve the Poets flip yet an motion of Knights-errantry, that the girl has to be stoln, why 10 should still Muley Labas his Father positioned his onely Son in criminal, at his go back? That was once greater than Priam did to Paris for stealing Helena, although he had fifty Sons in addition to him. If he should not have defended him for worry of indangering his property, he may have despatched the girl again and kept away from the inconvenience of the Warr. yet rather than this not anything will serve his flip yet to kill them either: that used to be to depart himself with no Son, and to exasperat her Father via her demise. an attractive fit of our Poets making, the place the buddies on either side have been displeased: and a rediculous senceless battle to be made, onely that the 20 Authour may need a controversy for a Play. yet pray marke what purposes are given through the Emperour for killing his Son and Daughter in legislation, he sayes he'll current her Father along with her head; with a purpose to pacify him, and to make him withdraw his Seige: And for his Son he'll execute him for suspition of treason! Who, he a Traytor? i'm wondering his Father knew him no higher than to suspect him of loads wit as is going to the makeing one! I dare say there has been no longer one sincere Citizen within the pit, yet his abdominal was once able to upward push to heare him so miscall'd: by means of the 1st twenty traces he spoke for you to finde he used to be by no means wish to make one of these designing individual. The previous Gentleman, may need set his middle at leisure for any harme his Son wou'd do him: certainly if he had knockt him at the head for a Foole, he had proven a few cause, and the viewers could have thank'd him: As to topic of Plots 7 one other] anoher Q. nine Knights-errantry, that] ~ : ~>, Q. eleven go back? ] ~ . Q. 12 him. ] ~ : Q. 25 Who, . . . Traytor? ] ^A . . . ~ I Q. a hundred and seventy Prose 1668-1691 1 dare be Compurgator either for Muley Labas and for the Poet, Our Elkanah shall by no means undergo for Treason within the Raign of King Charles the second one. he's definitely the main blameless servant his Majesty has; and as a result i'm sorry that I finde through the Gazette he needs to free his priviledge of poet in awesome to his Majesty. yet what if in any case this, Moreno, can provide us with a the reason is, she makes this relation to her Lover, of what she suffered for him, will the Critticks be then contented? she tells 10 him 'tis to not upbrayd him, yet to arm his fancy for extra wonderful formes: (that expression is non-sense too, incidentally, to arme opposed to an Enemy is right, yet to arme for a extra wonderful shape, that's the place there's no hazard, is ridiculously absurd:) yet she wou'd say she relates their previous issues to make him style the pleasures which needs to stick to; For now his Father is grown sort; and has designd their mutual Happiness.

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