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Volume VI. The Drama to 1642, Part Two.

IX. Lesser Jacobean and Caroline Dramatists



The History of the two Maids of More-clacke. With the life and simple maner of John in the Hospitall. Played by the Children of the Kings Majesties Revels. Written by Robert Armin, servant to the Kings most excellent Majestie. 1609.

The Works of Robert Armin, Actor, 1605–1609. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 1880.


The Divils Charter: A Tragaedie Conteining the Life and Death of Pope Alexander the sixt. As it was plaide before the Kings Majestie, upon Candlemasse night last: by his Majesties Servants. But more exactly renewed, corrected, and augmented since by the Author, for the more pleasure and profit of the Reader. 1607. Ed. from the quarto of 1607 by McKerrow, R. B., Bang’s Materialien, vol. VI. [The play is a historical tragedy of considerable dramatic and poetic power by the author of the fine sonnets and lyrics entitled Parthenophil and Parthenophe (cf. vol. III, pp. 265 and 522, ante).]


Ram-Alley: Or Merrie-Trickes. A Comedy Divers times here-to-fore acted, By the Children of the Kings Revels. 1611. Other eds.: 1636, 1639.

Rptd. in Reed’s, Collier’s and Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. V, V, and X respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. II.


The Lost Lady. A Tragy Comedy. 1638.

Rptd. in Dodsley (1744), vol. X, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XII. [This is a late heroic-romantic tragedy. Dorothy Osborne acted a part in it; see her Letter LXVI.]


The Valiant Scot. By J. W. Gent. 1637. (The dedication is signed “William Bowyer.”) An edition by Carver, J. L., is promised in publications of the University of Pennsylvania. [A belated chronicle-history on the career of William Wallace.]


The Northern Lasse, A Comoedie. As it hath beene often Acted with good Applause, at the Globe, and Black Fryers. By his Majesties Servants. 1632. Other eds.: 1663, 1684.

The Antipodes: a Comedie. Acted in the yeare 1638, by the Queenes Majesties Servants, at Salisbury Court in Fleet-street. 1640.

The Sparagus Garden: A Comedie. Acted in the yeare 1635 by the then Company of Revels, at Salisbury Court. 1640

A Joviall Crew: Or, The Merry Beggars. Presented in a Comedie, at The Cockpit in Drury-Lane, in the year 1641. 1652. Other eds.: 1661, 1684.

Rptd. in Dodsley (1744), vol. VI, and in Reed’s and Collier’s Dodsley, vols. X and X respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. III.

The first eds. of these were printed in Brome’s lifetime. After his death appeared:

Five New Playes, (viz.) The [Madd Couple well matcht. Novella. Court Beggar. City Witt. Damoiselle]. 1653.

Brome Alexander, edited these plays, all but the first of which have a separate title-page.

Queenes Exchange, A Comedy Acted with generall applause at the Blakc-Friers By His Majesties Servants. 1657. Again in 1661 as The Royall Exchange.

Five new Playes, viz. The English Moor, or The Mock-Marriage. The Love-Sick Court, or The Ambitious Politique. Covent Garden Weeded. The New Academy, or The New Exchange. The Queen and Concubine. 1659.

Brome, Alexander, edited these plays, each of which has a separate titlepage.

The Dramatic Works of Richard Brome containing fifteen comedies now first collected in three volumes. 1873. (Pearson’s reprint.) This ed. is reviewed by Symonds, J. A., in the Academy, 1874.

Faust, E. K. R. Richard Brome. (Diss.) Halle, 1887. [Ample and Careful.]


The Deserving Favorite.… Written by Lodowicke Carlell, Esquire, Gentleman of the Bowes, and Groome of the King and Queenes Privie Chamber. 1629, 1659.

Rptd. with a biography of Carlell and a critical essay on his plays by Gray, C. H., Chicago, 1905.

Arviragus and Philicia.… The first and second Part. 1639.

The Passionate Lovers, A Tragi-Comedy, the First and Second Parts. 1655.

Two New Playes. Viz. I. The Fool would be a Favourit: or, The Discreet Lover. 2. Osmond, the Great Turk: or, The Noble Servant. 1657. The plays were also issued separately in 1657.

Heraclius Emperour Of the East. A Tragedy. Written in French by Monsieur de Corneille. Englished by Lodowick Carlell, Esq. 1664.

(See bibliography to Chap. XII, post)


Greene’s Tu quoque, or, The Cittie Gallant. As it hath beene divers times acted by the Queenes Majesties Servants. 1614. Another ed.: 1622; and once undated.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. III, VII, VII, XI, respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. II.


A Christian turn’d Turke: Or, The Tragicall Lives and Deaths of the two Famous Pyrates, Ward and Dansiker. As it hath been publickly Acted. Written By Robert Daborn, Gentleman. 1612.

The Poor-Mans Comfort. A Tragi-Comedy, As it was divers times Acted at Cock-pit in Drury lane with great applause. Written by Robert Dauborne, Master of Arts. 1655. There is a manuscript copy of this in Egerton MSS., 1994.

[An inferior dramatist, interesting chiefly for his extant letters to Henslowe in the year 1613. He died dean of Lismore in 1628.]


The Tragedy of Albovine, King of the Lombards. By Wm. D’avenant. 1629. For a discussion of the sources of this tragedy see Campbell, A., in the Journal of Germanic Philology, vol. IV, 1902.

The Cruell Brother. A Tragedy. 1630.

The Just Italian. 1630. [The author’s name in these two plays appears after the dedication.]

The Platonick Lovers. A Tragaecomedy. The Authour William D’avenant, Servant to her Majestie. 1636.

The Witts. A Comedie. The Authour William D’avenant, Servant to Her Majestie. 1636.

Rptd. in Reed’s Dodsley, vol. VIII, and Collier’s Dodsley, vol. VIII; and in Ancient B. D., vol. I.

The Unfortunate Lovers: A Tragedie;… The Author William Davenant, Servant to Her Majestie. 1643, 1649.

Love and Honour. Written by W. Davenant Knight.… 1649.

Two Excellent Plays: The Wits, A Comedie. The Platonick Lovers, A Tragi-Comedie. 1665.

The Works of S[char] William Davenant K[char]. 1673. [In this there are considerable alterations in the case of some plays.]

The Dramatic Works of Sir William Davenant, with prefatory memoir and notes. Ed. by Maidment, J. and Logan, W. H. (Dramatists of the Restoration.) 5 vols. 1872–4. (As to D’Avenant see, also, bibliography to Chap. V of Vol. VIII, post.).


A Pleasant and Witty Comedy: Called, A New Tricke to Cheat the Divell. Written by R. D. Gent. 1639.

King John and Matilda, A Tragedy. As it was Acted with great Applause by Her Majesties Servants at the Cock-pit in Drury Lane. Written by Robert Davenport Gent. 1655. Another ed.: 1662, “Written by W. Daven.”

The City-Night-Cap: Or, Crede quod habes, et habes. A Tragi-Comedy. As it was Acted with great Applause, by Her Majesties Servants, at the Phoenix in Drury Lane. 1661.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. IX, XI, XI, XIII, respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. III.

The Works of Robert Davenport. Bullen’s Old English Plays, N. S., vol. III.

For an essay on King John and Matilda see the Retrospective Review, vol. IV.


The Ile of Guls. As it hath been often playd in the blacke Fryars, by the Children of the Revels. 1606. Another ed.: 1633.

Humour out of breath. A Comedie Divers times latelie acted, By the Children Of the Kings Revells. 1608.

Law-Trickes or, who would have Thought it. As it hath bene divers times Acted by the Children of the Revels. 1608.

The Parliament of Bees, With their proper Characters. Or A Bee-hive furnisht with twelve Honeycombes, as Pleasant as Profitable. Being an Allegoricall description of the actions of good and bad men in these our daies. By John Daye, Sometimes Student of Caius Colledge in Cambridge. 1641. There is among the Landsdowne MSS. (no. 725) a contemporary transcript of The Parliament of Bees, probably written about 1639.

(With William Rowley and George Wilkins?) The Travailes of The three English Brothers, Sir Thomas, Sir Anthony, Mr. Robert Shirley. As it is now play’d by her Majesties Servants. 1607.

The Works of John Day. Ed. Bullen, A. H. 1881.

Parliament of Bees and Humour out of breath are included in Nero and other Plays (Mermaid Series), 1888, with an introductory essay on Day’s play in the volume by Symons, A.

For an essay on John Day by Swinburne, A. C., see The Nineteenth Century, October, 1897.


A Woman is a Weather-cocke. A New Comedy, As it was acted before the King in White-Hall. And divers times Privately at the White-Friers, By the Children of her Majesties Revels. 1612.

Amends for Ladies. A Comedie. As it was acted at the Blacke-Fryers, both by the Princes Servants, and the Lady Elizabeths. 1618. Another ed.: 1639, with the addition: With the merry prankes of Moll Cut-purse: Or, the humour of Roaring. A Comedy full of honest mirth and wit.

Both plays were ed. with illustrations and notes by Collier, J. P., 1829, and are rptd. in Old E. D., vol. II, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XI; and, again, in Nero and other Plays in Mermaid Series, 1888, with an essay by Verity, A. W.

On the share of Field in the Fatall Dowry, consult Fleay, Engl. Stud., vol. XIII and Boyle in the same periodical, vols. V–X.

The remonstrance of N.F..… addressed to a Preacher in Southwark, who had been arraigning against the Players at the Globe Theatre, in the year 1616. Now first ed. from the original manuscript (by Halliwell-Phillipps, J. O.; only ten copies printed). 1865.


Argalus and Parthenia. 1639.

The Tragedy of Albertus Wallenstein, Late Duke of Fridland, and Generall to the Emperor Ferdinand the Second. The Scene, Egers.… 1639, 1640.

Rptd. in Old English Drama, vol. II, 1825.

The Hollander. A Comedy written 1635. The Author Henry Glapthorne. 1640.

The Ladies Priviledge. 1640.

Rptd. in Old English Drama, vol. II, 1825.

Wit in a Constable. A Comedy written 1639. 1640.

The Lady Mother. Extant in Manuscript (Egerton MSS., 1994), rptd. by Bullen in Old English Plays, vol. II, 1883.

The Plays and Poems of Henry Glapthorne, now first collected, with illustrative notes and a memoir of the author. 2 vols. 1874. (Pearson’s reprint.) For an essay on Glapthorne see the Retrospective Review, vol. X.


The Queene of Arragon. A Tragi-Comedie. 1640.

Rptd. in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XIII. [The play is dramatically feeble, but in sentiment and diction not unworthy of the author of Castara.]


The Conspiracy A Tragedy, As it was intended for the Nuptialls, of the Lord Charles Herbert, and the Lady Villers. 1638. Another ed. of 1653 bears the title Pallantus and Eudora. A reprint is promised in Bang’s Materialien.


The Prisoner and Claracilla. Two Tragoe-Comedies. As they were presented at the Phoenix in Drury-Lane, by her Mties Servantes. Written by Tho. Killigrew, Gent. 1641.

Comedies and Tragedies. Written by Thomas Killigrew, Page of Honour to King Charles the First. And Groom of the Bed-Chamber to King Charles the Second. 1664. Fol.

(See, also, bibliography to Chap. V of Vol. VIII, post.).


The dumbe Knight, A pleasant Comedy, acted sundry times by the children of his Majesties Revels. Written by Jarvis Markham. 1608. There are three impressions of this date and another of 1733. The preface is signed by Lewis Machin.

Rptd. in four eds. of Dodsley and in Ancient B. D., vol. II.

The true Tragedy of Herod and Antipater: With the Death of Faire Marriam. According to Josephus, the learned and famous Jew. As it hath beene, of late, divers times publiquely Acted (with great Applause) at the Red Bull, by the Company of his Majesties Revels. Written by Gervase Markham and William Sampson Gentlemen. 1622.

See, also, bibliography to Vol. IV, Chap. XVII, p. 610.


Hollands Leaguer. Written by Shackerley Marmyon, Master of Arts. 1632.

A Fine Companion. 1633.

The Antiquary. 1641.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. VII, X, X, XIII, respectively; also in Ancient B. D., vol. III.

The Dramatic Works of Shackerley Marmion, with prefactory memoir, introductions and notes. Edd. by Maidment, J., and Logan, W. H. (Dramatists of the Restoration.) 1875.


The Heire an Excellent Comedie. As it was lately Acted by the Company of the Revels. Written by T. M. Gent. 1622. Again, in 1633, when 1620 is given as the date of its first acting.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. VII, VIII, VIII, XI, respecively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. I.

The Tragedy of Antigone, The Theban Princesse. Written by T. M. 1631.

The Tragedy of Cleopatra Queen of Egypt. By T. M. Acted 1626. 1639. Another ed.: 1654.

The Tragedy of Julia Agrippina; Empresse of Rome. By T. M. Esq. 1639. Another ed.: 1654.

Cleopatra and Julia Agrippina were republished together in 1654.

The Old Couple. A Comedy. 1658.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. VII, X, X, XII, respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. III.


The Citye Match. A Comoedye. Presented to the King and Queene at White-Hall. Acted since at Black-Friers by His Majesties Servants. Oxford, 1639. Another ed.: 1659.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. X, IX, IX, XIII, respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. II.

Two Plaies. The City Match. A Comoedy. And the Amorous Warre. A Tragy-comoedy. Both long since written, By J. M. of Ch. Ch. in Oxon, 1658. (The Amorous Warre has a separate title-page with the imprint, “Printed in the year 1648,” probably a mistake for 1658.)

Amorous Warre. A Tragi-Comoedy. By J. M. St. of Ch. Ch. in Oxon. 1659.


Hannibal and Scipio. An Historicall Tragedy Acted in the year 1635, by the Queenes Majesties Servants, at their Private house in Drury-Lane. 1637.

Microcosmus A Morall Maske, Presented with generall liking, at the private house in Salisbury Court, and heere Set downe according to the intention of the Authour Thomas Nabbes. 1637.

Rptd. in Dodsley (1744) and in Reed’s and Collier’s Dodsley, in vols. V, IX, and IX, respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. II.

Covent-Garden; A Pleasant Comedie: Acted in the yeare, MDCXXXII. By the Queenes Majesties Servants. 1638. Another ed.: 1639.

Totenham-Court. A Pleasant Comedie: Acted in the Yeare, MDCXXXIII. At the private House in Salisbury-Court. 1638. Two other eds.: 1639.

Rptd. 1709.

The Bride, A Comedie. Acted in the yeere 1638, at the private house in Drurylane by their Majesties Servants. 1640.

The Unfortunate Mother: A Tragedie. Never acted; but set downe according to the intention of the Author Thomas Nabbes. 1640.

Playes, Maskes, … collected into one volume. 1639. This contains Microcosmus, Hannibal and Scipio, Convent Garden, The Springs Glorie, Totenham Court, The Unfortunate Mother, and The Bride.

The Works of Thomas Nabbes. Bullen’s Old English Plays, N. S., vols. I and II.

(See bibliography to Chap. XII, post.)

The Rebellion: A Tragedy: As it was acted nine dayes together, and divers times since with good applause, by his Majesties Company of Revells. 1640.

Rptd. in Ancient B. D., vol. III, and in Hazlitt’s Dodsley, vol. XIV. Rawlins wrote two comedies after the Restoration.


The Tragedy of Messallina The Roman Emperesse. As it hath beene Acted With generall applause divers times, by the Company of his Majesties Revells. 1640.

Rptd. by Skemp, A. R., in Bang’s Materialien. [The author was a schoolmaster and poet and friend of Rawlins. His play is a meritorious tragedy in the vein of Jonson’s Sejanus. Cf. the account of him in Dict. of Nat. Biogr., vol. XLVIII.]

Reasons for doubting the usually accepted identification of the author of Messallina are given by G. C. Moore Smith in Notes and Queries, 12 June 1909, Ser. X, vol. XI, p. 461, where another Nathaniel Richards is suggested as the author.


The Noble Stranger. As it was Acted at the Private House in Salisbury Court, by her Majesties Servants. The Author, L. S. 1640.


Cupids Whirligig, As it hath bene sundry times Acted by the Children of the Kings Majesties Revels. 1607. Other eds.: 1611, 1616, 1630.

The Fleire. As it hath beene often played in the Blacke-Fryers by the Children of the Revells. Written by Edward Sharpham of the Middle Temple, Gentleman. 1607. Other eds.: 1610, 1615, 1631.


The Martyr’d Souldier: As it was sundry times Acted with generall applause at the Private house in Drury lane, and at other publicke Theaters. By the Queenes Majesties servants. The Author H. Shirley Gent. 1638. Rpted. in Bullen’s Old English Plays, vol. I. The author died 1627; the play was probably later than Massinger’s Virgin Martir, 1622, which it echoes.


Aglaura. 1638.

The Discontented Colonell. Written by Sir John Sucklin. [n.d. This is the first draft of Brennoralt.]

Fragmenta Aurea. A Collection of all the Incomparable Peeces, Written By Sir John Suckling. And published by a Friend to perpetuate his memory. Printed by his owne Copies. 1646. [The plays included are: Aglaura (in two versions, the second with a new Act V); The Goblins. A Comedy; Brennoralt. A Tragedy.] The 2nd and 3rd eds. appeared in 1648, 1658.

The Last Remains of Sir John Suckling. Being a Full Collection Of all his Poems and Letters which have been so long expected and never till now Published. With the Licence and Approbation of his Noble and Dearest Friends. 1659. [In this appeared unfinished: The Sad One. A Tragedy.]

The Works of Sir John Suckling. 1696.

The Goblins was reprinted in the earlier three eds. of Dodsley, in vols. VII X, X, respectively.

The Poems and Plays of Sir John Suckling. Ed. by Hazlitt, W. C. 2 vols. 1874. 2nd ed. 1892.

Dissertation by Schwartz, H. 1881.


The Hogge hath lost his Pearle. A Comedy. Divers times Publikely acted, by certaine London Prentices. 1614.

Rptd. in the four eds. of Dodsley, in vols. III, VI, VI, XI, respectively; and in Ancient B. D., vol. III.


[Distracted Emperor, the. A Tragi-Comedy.] Printed for the first time from Egerton MSS., 1994, by Bullen, Old English Plays, vol. III, where the above title is given to the play, and it is ascribed to Marston or, possibly, Cyril Tourneur. Fleay calls the play Charlimayne.

Everie Woman in her Humor. 1609.

Nero, the Tragedy of. Newly Written.… 1624. Another ed.: 1633.

Rptd. by Bullen in his Old English Plays, vol. I; and again, with essay by Horne, H. P., for the Mermaid Series, 1888, in Nero and other plays.

Sir Gyles Goosecappe. Knight, A Comedie presented by the Chil: of the Chappell. 1606. Another ed.: 1636.

Rptd. in Bullen’s Old English Plays, vol. III, and in Bang’s Materialien, vol. XXVI. [The play dates from about 1601; Bullen and Fleay suggest that it contains early work of Chapman.]

The History of the tryall of Chevalry, With the life and death of Cavaliero Dicke Bowyer. As it hath bin lately acted by the right Honourable the Earle of Darby his servants. 1605.

Rptd. in Bullen’s Old English Plays, vol. III, [Bullen suggests “Chettle or Munday or both,” as authors.]

Valiant Welshman, the, Or The True Chronicle History of the life and valiant deedes of Caradoc the Great, King of Cambria, now called Wales. As it hath beene sundry times Acted by the Prince of Wales his servants. Written by R. A. Gent. 1615.

Ed. with introduction and notes, by Kreb, V., Münchener Beiträge, vol. XXIII, Erlangen and Leipzig, 1902.

Wisdome, the, of Doctor Dodypoll. As it hath bene sundrie times Acted by the Children of Powles. 1600.

Rptd. in Bullen’s Old English Plays, vol. III.