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Dramatic Poetry, sketch of, from the birth of, i. 617. His merits as a poet, consi

of Shakspeare to the period of his com dered, 618.
mencing a writer for the stage, i. 227. Drunkenness, propensity of the English to,
Mysteries, moralities, and interludes, the in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 128, 129.
first performances, ibid. Ferrex and Dryden's testimony to the priority of Shak-
Porrex, the first regular tragedy, ibid. speare's Pericles, considered, ii. 280,
Gammar Gurton's Needle, the first re 281.
gular comedy, ibid. Dramatic Histo- Duelling, prevalence of, in the age of Shak-
ries, 228. Composite drama of Tarle-

speare, ii. 158. ton, 229.

Account of eminent dramatic Dunlop (Mr.), opinion of on the source of
poets during this period, 230—251. Shakspeare's Romeo and Juliet, i. 360
Conjectures as to the extent of Shak -362. And of Measure for Measure,
peare's obligation to his predecessors, 453.
253-255. Brief view of dramatic poe- Durham, Easter gambols at, i. 148. note.
try, and its principal cultivators, during. Dyer's “ Fleece, illustration of, i. 183.
Shakspeare's connection with the stage, Dying, form of prayers for, i. 233. Super-
ii. 556. Account of the dramatic works stitious notions concerning the last mo-
of Fletcher, 557. Massinger, 561. Ford, ments of persons dying, i. 390, 391.
563. Webster, 564. Middleton, 565.
Decker, 566. Marston, 567. Heywood,

568. Chapman, 569. Rowley, 570.
Other minor dramatic poets, 570, 571. Earle (Bishop), character of his “ Micro-
Ben Jonson, 572-580.

cosmography,” i. 511.

His portrait of Drant (Thomas), a minor poet of the age an upstart country squire or knight, i. 84. of Shakspeare, i. 681.

Of a country fellow, or clown, 120-122. Drayton (Michael), notice of, i. 615. Cri- Earthquake of 1580, alluded to by Shaktical remarks on his historical poetry,

speare, i. 52.

Account of, ibid. 53. 615, 616. On his topographical, episto- Easter-tide, festival of, i. 146. Early rising lary, and pastoral poems, 616, 617. And on Easter Sunday, ibid. Amusements, on his miscellaneous poetry, 617.


ibid. Handball, 147, 148. Presenting tical description by him of the dress, &c. of eggs, 148. of young women, i. 83, 84. Of Robin Edgar, remarks on the assumed madness Hood, 159. Of Tom the Piper, 164. of, i. 588. Contrast between his insaSheep-shearing, 182. Of the carbuncle, nity and the madness of Lear, ii. 462. 397. Encomium on Lilly's Euphues, 464. 442. Commendatory verses by, on Education, state of, during Shakspeare's Shakspeare's Rape of Lucrece, ii. 39. youth, i. 25-28. His tragedies, totally lost, 571. Charac- Edwardes (C.), a minor poet of the age of ter of his Sonnets, ii. 56.

Shakspeare, i. 681. Dreams, considered as prognostics of good Edward (Richard), specimen of the poetior evil, i. 354, 355.

cal talents of, i. 713, 714. Character of Dress of country gentlemen, in Shakspeare's his dramatic compositions, ii. 231, 232.

time, i. 82, 83. Of farmers or yeomen, Eggs, custom of giving, at Easter, i. 148. 110. Wedding dress of a rustic, 229. Elderton (William), a minor poet of the Proper for anglers, 293. note. Of the

age of Shakspeare, i. 681. inhabitants of London, during the age of Elizabeth (Queen), school books commandShakspeare, ii. 87-89. Of Queen Eliza *ed by, to be used, i. 26. Visit of, to the beth, 89, 91. Of the ladies of that time, Earl of Leicester, at Kenelworth Castle, 91, 92, 100. Of the gentlemen, 87, 88,

37, 38, 39. ii. 191-199. Account of 89. 101-109. . Of the citizen, 110, 111. presents made to her on New-Year's Of servants, 138.

Day, i. 125, 126. Magnificent recepDrinking of healths, origin of, i. 127, 128. tion of her, at Norwich, 192. note. Her Drummond (William), biographical notice wisdom in establishing the Flemings in

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this country, 192. note. A keen hunt

speare, 445, 446. The English lanress, 285, 286. Touched persons for the guage improved by Sir Walter Raleigh evil, 371. Cultivated bibliography, 428. and his contemporaries, 446, 447. ReThe ladies of her court skilled in Greek marks on the prose writers of the reign of equally with herself, 429. Classical lite James I., 447, 418. Notice of Mulcaster's rature encouraged at her court, ibid. 431, labours for improving it, 455. And of 432. Notice of her Prayer-book, 432. Bullokar's, ibid. 456. Influence of her example, 433. Notice English Mercury, the first newspaper ever of her works, 451. Deeply skilled in

published, i. 508. Specimen of, ibid. Italian literature, ibid. Notice of her English nation, character of, ii. 154. poetical pieces, 704. note. Proof that

" Epicedium," a funeral song on the death of Shakspeare's Sonnets

Lady Branch, ii. 38. note. Extract from, could not be addressed to her, ii. 61. 73. in commendation of Shakspeare's Rape note. Instances of her vanity and love of Lucrece, 39. note. of dress, 90, 91. Description of her Epilogue, concluded with prayer in the dress, 89, 90. Amount of her wardrobe, time of Shakspeare, ii. 222, 223. 91, 92. Silk stockings first worn by her, Epitaph on Shakspeare, in Stratford shurch, 98. Costly New-Year's gifts made to ii. 619. her, 99. Furniture of her palaces, 11), Epitaphs by Shakspeare:-a satirical one on 112. Description of the mode in which Mr. Combe, ii. 605. On Sir Thomas her table was served, 122, 123. Her Stanley, 607. . And on Elias James, character as a sovereign, 145, 146. Her 607. note. industry, 146. Instances of her vanity Erskine (Mr.) exquisite poetical allusions and coquetry, 147. Affectation of youth, of, to fairy mythology, ii. 327, 328. 148. Artfulness, 149. Extreme jea

336. lousy, 150. Ill treatment of her cour Espousals, ceremony of, i. 220—223. tiers, 150, 151. Excelled in dancing, Essays, critical account of the writers of, in 172. Delighted with bear-baiting, 176. the age of Elizabeth, i. 511-517. Account of her progresses, 193–199. Evans (Lewes and William), minor poets Passionately fond of dramatic perform of the age of Shakspeare, i. 682. ances, 202. 205. Ordered Shakspeare's Evergreens, why carried at funerals, i. “ As You Like It,” 435. And bestowed 239. many marks of her favour upon him, Evil spirits, supposed to be driven away by 590.

the sound of the passing-bell, i. 232, Elfland or Fairy Land, description of, 233.

ii. 318, 319. Elves or fairies of the Scandinavians, ii. 308,

F Account of the Bright Elves, or benevolent fairies, 308, 309. of the Swart Facetiæ, notice of writers of, during the Elves, or malignant fairies, 309, 310. age of Shakspeare, i.515-517.

And of the Scottish Elves, 314-336. “ Faerie Queeneof Spenser, critical reElviden (Edmond), a minor poet of the age

marks on, i. 646-649. of Shakspeare, i. 681.

Fairefax (Edward), biographical notice of, England's Helicon,a collection of poems,

i. 619. Examination of his version of critical notice of, i. 721-723.

Tasso, ibid. His original poetry lost, English Language but little cultivated prior 620.

to the time of Ascham, i. 439. 'Im- Fairies, superstitious traditions concerning, proved by the labours of Wilson, 440. i. 320. Their supposed influence on Corrupted by Lilly, in the reign of Eli All-Hallow-Eve, 333. Supposed to zabeth, 441. And by the interlarding

haunt fountains and wells, 392. Critical of Latin quotations in that of James I., account of the fairy mythology of Shak442. This affectation satyrised by Sir

speare, ii. 302.

Oriental fairies, 302, Philip Sidney, 444, 445. And by Shak 303. The knowledge of the oriental

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fairy mythology introduced from the Ita And in the Merry Wives of Windsor,
lians, 303. Origin of the Gothic system 436.
of fairy mythology, 304. Known in Fans, structure and fashion of, in the age
England in the eleventh century, 306. of Shakspeare, ii. 98, 99.
Scandinavian system of fairy mythology, Fare of country squires in the age of
308-312. Scandinavian system current Shakspeare, i. 75, 76. Of country gen-
in England in the thirteenth century, 313. tlemen, 79, 80. And of the sovereign
Scottish elves, ibid. 314. Their dress and and higher classes, ii. 120–129.

315. Lowland fairies, 316. Al- Farmers, character of, in the time of Ed-
lusions to fairy superstitions

by Chaucer, ward VI., i. 100, 101. In Queen Eliza-
313. 317. Description of Elf or Fairy beth's time, 98. Description of their
land, 318, 319. Allusions to it by va houses or cottages, 99, 100. Their fur-
rious poets, 319–321. Fairy processions

niture and household accommodations,
at Roodsmass, 322. Fa

Fairies in Scotland 101. 103. Their ordinary diet, 103—
supposed to appear most commonly by 108. Dieton festivals, 109. Dress, ,
moonlight, 323. Their supposed in 110. Qualifications of a good farmer's
fluence on pregnant women, 324.

Chil wife, 111, 112. Occupations, &c. of their
dren said to be stolen and changed by servants, 113. Manners, &c. of Scottish
them, 325, 326. Expedients for reco farmers during the same period, 117,
vering them, 326, 327. Their speech, 118. Progress of extravagance among
food, and work, 328, 329. Account of this class of persons, 119.
the malignant fairy called the Wee Brown Farmer (Dr.), conclusion of, as to the result
Man of the Muirs, 329, 330. Tradi of Shakspeare's school education, i. 29,
tions relative to the benevolent sprite, 30. His conclusion controverted, 30, 31.
Brownie, 330—336. The fairy mytho His opinion as to the extent of Shak-
logy of Shakspeare, though partly found speare's knowledge of French and Italian
ed on Scottish tradition, yet, from its literature considered, 54–56, 57.
novelty and poetic beauty, meriting the Faulconbridge, analysis of the character of,
title of the English System, 337, 338.

ii. 420.
Critical illustrations of his allusions to Feasts (ordinary), curious directions for,
fairies and Fairy-land, 337–353. Scan i. 80. note.
dinavia the parent of our popular fairy Felton's portrait of Shakspeare, authenticity
mythology, which has undergone various of, ii. 623.
modifications, 353–355.

Fenner (Dudley), a minor poet of the age
Fairs, how celebrated antiently, i. 214– of Shakspeare, i. 682.

Fenton's (Geffray), account of his “ Certain
Falconer, an important officer in the house Tragicall Discourses,” a popular collec-
holds of the great, i. 265, 266.

His tion of Italian novels, i. 542.
qualifications, 266.

Fern-seed, supposed to be visible on Mid-
Falconry, when introduced into England, summer-Eve, i. 329.

i. 255. Universal among the nobility “ Ferrex and Porrex,” the first regular tra-
and gentry, ibid. 256. Notices of gedy ever performed in England, i. 227.
books on, 257. note. Falconry an ex Ferrers (George), a minor poet of the age
pensive diversion, 257–259. Prohibited of Shakspeare, i. 682.
to the clergy, 259. note. Remarks on Ferriar (Dr.), theory of apparitions of, ii.
this sport, 260–262. Poetical descrip 406. Application of it to the character
tion of it by Massinger, 262, 263. A of Hamlet, 407. His opinion of the

favourite diversion of the ladies, 265. merits of Massinger as a dramatic poet
Falcons, different sorts of, i. 263, 264. Ac controverted, 562.

count of their training, 266-271. Festivals, account of those observed in Shak-
Falstaff, analysis of the character of, as in speare's time, i. 123. New-Year's Day,

troduced in Shakspeare's plays of Henry 123–126. Twelfth Day, 127-134.
IV., Parts I. and II., ii. 381-384. St. Distaff's Day, 135. Plough Monday,

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speare, 243.

136-138. Candlemas Day, 138-140. Shakspeare, i. 445. Appointed reader
Shrove Tide, 141-145. Easter Tide, of the Italian language to the Queen of
146–148. Hock Day, 149-151. May James I., 451.
Day, 152-174. Whitsuntide, 175 Flowers, antiently scattered on streams at
180. Sheep-shearing, 181-185. Har sheep-shearing time, i. 185. Garlandsof
vest-home, 185-190. Martinmas, 192. flowers carried at funerals, and buried
Christmas, 193—208. Wakes or fairs, with the deceased, 240-242. Graves
209-219. Weddings,

219229. in Wales still decorated with flowers, 242
Christenings, 230, 231. Burials, 232 -244. Allusions to this custom by Shak-

Fete, magnificent, at Kenelworth Castle, Fools of Shakspeare's plays, &c. remarks on,

given to Queen Elizabeth, i. 37–39. i. 587. ii. 550. Description of their ap-
Fetherstone (Christopher), a minor poet of parel and condition, ii. 141, 142. Apes
the age of Shakspeare, i. 682.

or monkies kept as companions for them,
Fires kindled on Midsummer-Eve, of Pagan 145, 146.

origin, i. 328, 329; and on All-Hallow. Ford, merits of, as a dramatic poet, consi-
Eve, 341.

dered, ii. 563, 564.
Fire Spirits, machinery of, introduced in Forks, when introduced into England, ii. 126.
the Tempest, ii. 521, 522.

Fortescue's (Thomas), “ Forest of Histo-
Fishing, pursued with avidity, in the 16th ryes," a popular collection of novels,

century, i. 289. Account of books on notice of, i, 543.
this sport, 290, 291. Poetical descrip « Fortune my Foe,” a popular song, quoted
tion of, 292, 293. Qualifications requi by Shakspeare, i. 477,
site for, 294–297.

Forintains and wells, why superstitiously
itzgeffrey (Charles), Biographical notice visited, i. 391. Supposed to be the
of, i. 620. Specimen of his poetical ta haunts of fairies and spirits, 392. Pil-
lents, 621.

grimages made to them, 393.
Fitzherbert (Sir Anthony), notice of his Fowling, how pursued in the sixteenth cen-

agricultural treatises, i. 115. note. His tury, i. 287–289.
precepts to a good housewife, 116, Fox's “ Acts and Monuments," character
117. notes.

of, i. 482.
Fleming (Abraham), a miscellaneous writer, Fraunce (Abraham), notice of his “ Arca-

account of, i. 504. Character of his dian Rhetoricke," i. 464. List of his
style, 505. Poems of, 682.

poetical works, 682, 683.
Fletcher (Robert), a minor poet of the age Freeman (Thomas), a minor poet of the age
of Shakspeare, i. 682.

of Shakspeare, i. 683.
Fletcher (Giles), critical remarks on the French Language, Shakspeare's knowledge
poetry of, i. 621, 622.

of, when acquired, i. 53, 54. Proofs
Fletcher (Phineas), notice of, i. 622. Cri that he had some acquaintance with it,

tical observations on his “ Purple Island,” 55, 56. List of French grammars which

623.; and on his “Piscatory Eclogues,” ib. he might have read, 57.
Fletcher (John), the chief author of the Friar of Orders Grey,” a beautiful ballad,

plays extant under his name, ii. 557. notice of, i. 579, 580. Quoted by Shak-
How far he was assisted by Beaumont, speare, 589, 590.
558. Critical estimate of his character Friend, absence from, exquisitely pour-
as a dramatic poet, 558_560. His fee trayed by Shakspeare, ii. 78.
ble attempts to emulate Shakspeare, 560, Friendship, beautiful delineation of, ii. 389.
561. His Faithful Shepherdess (act. v. Fulbeck's account of Roman factions, i. 476.
sc. i.) illustrated, i. 130. See also Beau- Fulbroke Park, the scene of Shakspeare's
mont, in this index.

deer-stealing, i. 402, 403.
Floralia (Roman), perpetuated in May- Fuller (Thomas), character of Shakspeare,
Day, i. 152.

i. 29.; and of Dr. Dee, and his asssistant
Florio (John), pedantry of, satyrised by Kelly, ü, 512, 513.

Fullwell (Ulpian), aminor poet of the age ployments and dress of their daughters, of Shakspeare, i. 683.

83, 84. Character of country gentleFuneral ceremonies described, i. 232-237. men towards the commencement of the

Entertainments given on those occasions, 17th century, 84, 85. When they be238.

gan to desert their halls for the metroFurniture, splendid, of Queen Elizabeth's polis, 85. Portraits of, in the close of

palaces, ii. 111, 112. Of the inhabitants the 17th, and at the beginning of the of London, 112-120. Of the halls of 18th century, 86, 87. notes. Dress of country gentlemen, i. 77-79.

gentlemen in the metropolis, ii. 87, 88, Fuseli's picture of the night-mare, descrip 89. 101-109. tion of, i. 348. note.

Gerbelius (Nicholas), rapturous declamation

of, on the restoration of some Greek auG

thors, i. 435.

Gerguntum, a fabulous Briton, notice of, Gale (Dunstan), a minor poet of the age of i. 192. note. Shakspeare, i. 683.

Germans, fairy mythology of, ii. 312. Gamage (William), a minor poet of the age Gesta Romanorum, a popular romance in of Shakspeare, i. 684, and note. +

Shakspeare's time, i. 534. Different Games (Cotswold), account of, i. 252-254. translations of the continental Gesta, ibid. Gaming, prevalence of, in the age of Shak 535. Critical account of the English speare, ij. 157, 158.

Gesta, 535, 536. ï. 386. Notice of its " Gammer Gurton's Needle,” illustration of, different editions, i. 537, 538. Long

i. 106. The earliest comedy ever written continuance of its popularity, 538. or performed in England, ii. 227. Cri- Ghosts, superstitious notions concerning, tical remarks on, 233.

prevalent in the age of Shakspeare, i. Garlands, anciently used at funerals, and 318, 319.

Remarks on the supposed buried with the deceased, i, 240—242. agency of ghosts, as received at that Garnier's Henriade probably seen by Shak time, ii. 399_405. Considerations on speare, i. 54, 55.

the introduction of the ghost in Hamlet, Garter (Barnard), a minor poet of the age and its strict consonance to the popular of Shakspeare, i. 684.

superstitions shewn, 411–417. Its supeGarter (Thomas), a dramatic poet in the riority over all other ghostly representa

reign of Elizabeth, character of, ii. 235. tions, ancient or modern, 417, 418. Gascoigne (George), notice of the “Posies” Gifford (Humphrey), a minor poet of the

of, i. 461. Biographical sketch of, 623, age of Shakspeare, i. 684. 624. Remarks on his poetry, 624, 625. Gifford (Mr.), conjecture of, on the date of Character of, as a dramatic poet, ii. 233, Shakspeare's Henry VIII. ii. 442, 443. 234.

Observations on the excellent plan of his Gastrell (Rev. Francis), purchases Shak notes on Massinger, 561. note. His esti

speare's house at Stratford, ii. 584. mate of the merits of Ben Jonson, as a note. Cuts down his mulberry tree, dramatic poet, 575, 576. Vindicates Jonibid. And destroys the house itself, 585. son from the cavils of Mr. Malone, 578. note.

note. Gay's Trivia, quotation from, on the influ Gilchrist (Mr.) on the character of Putten

ence of particular days, i. 323. note. ham's “ Arte of English Poesie,” i. 466.

Poetical description of spells, 332. Gleek, a fashionable game at cards, notice Genius of Shakspeare's drama considered, of, ii. 170. ii. 536–541.

Glen Banchar, anecdote of a peasant of, i. Gentlemen, different sorts of, in the age of 233, 234.

Shakspeare, i. 69. Their virtues and Globe Theatre, license to Shakspeare for, vices, ibid. 70. Description of the man ii. 207, 208. Account of it, 208, 209 sion houses of country gentlemen, 72 Description of its interior, 210-214. 74, Their usual fare, 79, 80-$2. Em- Gloves, costly, presented to Elizabeth, ii, 99.

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