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Jane Shore A Tragedy   By: (1674-1718)

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JANE SHORE:

A Tragedy, IN FIVE ACTS ;

BY NICHOLAS ROWE.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, AS PERFORMED AT THE THEATRES ROYAL. With Remarks.

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London: Printed by D. S. Maurice, Fenchurch Street;

SOLD BY T. HUGHES, 35, LUDGATE STREET, AND J. BYSH, 52, PATERNOSTER ROW.

REMARKS

It has been observed, that Rowe seldom moves either pity or terror, but often elevates the sentiments; he seldom pierces the breast, but always delights the ear, and often improves the understanding. This excellent tragedy is always acted with great applause, and will, in one instance at least, prove the author's power to excite a powerful effect: consisting chiefly of domestic scenes and private distress, the play before us is an affecting appeal to pity, especially in the parting of Alicia and Hastings, the interview between Jane Shore and Alicia, and in the catastrophe. In the plot, Rowe has nearly followed the history of this misguided and unhappy fair one, and has produced an impressive moral lesson.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

As originally acted in 1713. Covent Garden, 1814.

Lord Hastings Mr. Booth. Mr. C. Kemble. Duke of Gloster Mr. Cibber. Mr. Egerton. Belmour Mr. Mills. Mr. Claremont. Sir Richard Ratcliffe Mr. Bowman. Mr. Treby. Sir William Catesby Mr. Husband. Mr. Creswell. Shore Mr. Wilks. Mr. Barrymore. Jane Shore Mrs. Oldfield. Miss O'Neil. Alicia Mrs. Porter. Mrs. Fawcett.

Lords of the Council, &c.

JANE SHORE.

ACT THE FIRST.

SCENE I. THE TOWER.

Enter the Duke of Gloster , Sir Richard Ratcliffe , and Catesby.

Glos. Thus far success attends upon our councils, And each event has answer'd to my wish; The queen and all her upstart race are quell'd; Dorset is banish'd, and her brother Rivers, Ere this, lies shorter by the head at Pomfret. The nobles have, with joint concurrence, nam'd me Protector of the realm: my brother's children, Young Edward and the little York, are lodg'd Here, safe within the Tower. How say you, sirs, Does not this business wear a lucky face? The sceptre and the golden wreath of royalty Seem hung within my reach.

Sir R. Then take 'em to you, And wear them long and worthily: you are The last remaining male of princely York, (For Edward's boys, the state esteems not of 'em,) And therefore on your sov'reignty and rule The commonweal does her dependence make, And leans upon your highness' able hand.

Cates. And yet to morrow does the council meet To fix a day for Edward's coronation. Who can expound this riddle?

Glos. That can I. Those lords are each one my approv'd good friends, Of special trust and nearness to my bosom; And, howsoever busy they may seem, And diligent to bustle in the state, Their zeal goes on no further than we lead, And at our bidding stays.

Cates. Yet there is one, And he amongst the foremost in his power, Of whom I wish your highness were assur'd. For me, perhaps it is my nature's fault, I own I doubt of his inclining much.

Glos. I guess the man at whom your words would point: Hastings

Cates. The same.

Glos. He bears me great good will.

Cates. 'Tis true, to you, as to the lord protector, And Gloster's duke, he bows with lowly service: But were he bid to cry, God save king Richard, Then tell me in what terms he would reply. Believe me, I have prov'd the man, and found him: I know he bears a most religious reverence To his dead master Edward's royal memory, And whither that may lead him, is most plain. Yet more One of that stubborn sort he is, Who, if they once grow fond of an opinion, They call it honour, honesty, and faith, And sooner part with life than let it go.

Glos. And yet this tough, impracticable, heart, Is govern'd by a dainty finger'd girl; Such flaws are found in the most worthy natures; A laughing, toying, wheedling, whimpering, she, Shall make him amble on a gossip's message, And take the distaff with a hand as patient As e'er did Hercules... Continue reading book >>




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