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polis before the Civil Wars, there must have been a great difference between their several accommodations, ornaments, and prices; and that some would be much more shewy than others, though probably all were much inferior in splendor to the two great theatres after the Restoration.
The preceding Essay, although some of the materials are new arranged, hath received no alteration deserving notice, from what it was in the second edition, 1767, except in section IV, which in the present impression hath been much enlarged.
This is mentioned, because, since it was first published, the history of the English stage hath been copiously handled by Mr. Tho. Warton in his History of English Poetry, 1774, &c., 3 vols.
to. (wherein is inserted whatever in these volumes fell in with his subject); and by Edmond Malone, Esq., who, in his Historical Account of the English Stage (Shakesp. vol. i. part ii. 1790), hath added greatly to our knowledge of the economy and usages of our ancient theatres.
[This Essay is now entirely out of date, on account of the mass of new material for a complete history of the English stage, which has been printed since it was written. Information on the subject must be sought in the prefaces of the various editions of the dramatists and of the collections of mysteries and miracle plays, or in Collier's History of English Dramatic Poetry, and Halliwell's New Materials for the Life of Shakespeare.]
INDEX OF BALLADS AND POEMS IN
THE FIRST VOLUME.
DAM BELL, Clym of the Clough, and William of
Aged Lover renounceth Love, 179.
Bryan and Pereene, 328.
Carre, Captain, 148.
Character of a Happy Life, 317.
Chevy Chase, Ancient Ballad of, 19.
Chevy Chace, Modern Ballad of, 249.
Cophetua, King, and the Beggar Maid, 189.
Corydon's Farewell to Phillis, 209.
Death's Final Conquest, 264.
Edom o' Gordon, 140.
Farewell to Love, 310.
Frolicksome Duke, or the Tinker's Good Fortune, 238.
Gentle River, Gentle River, 331.
Jephthah, Judge of Israel, 182.
Lancelot du Lake, Sir, 204.
My Mind to me a Kingdom is, 294.
Northumberland (Henry, 4th Earl of), Elegy on, 117.
Otterbourne, Battle of, 35.
Passionate Shepherd to his Love, 220.
Rising in the North, 266.
Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne, 102.
Song to the Lute in Musicke, 187.
Take those Lips away, 230.
Ulysses and the Syren, 311.
Willow, Willow, Willow, 199.
Youth and Age, 237.
END OF VOLUME THE FIRST.