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1566 1575 The posies of George Gascoigne esquire. Jocasta: a tragedie written in Greeke by Euripides, translated and digested into acts by George Gascoigne and Francis Kinwelmersh of Grayes Inne, and there by them presented, 1566. George Gascoigne (1535-1577) & Francis Kinwelmersh (1538-?1580) The order of the seconde dumbe shewe

Before the beginning of this seconde Acte dyd sound a very dolefull noise of flutes : during the which there came in upon the stage two coffines covered with hearclothes, and brought in by viii in mourning weed, and accompanied with viii other mourners : and after they had caried the coffins about the stage, there opened and appeared a grave, wherin they buried the coffins, and put fire to them; but the flames did sever and parte in twaine, signifying discord by the history of two brethren, whose discord in their hfe was not onely to be wondred at, but, being buried both in one tombe (as some writers affirme), the flames of their funeralls did yet parte the one from the other in like maner, and would in no wise joyne into one flame. After the funerals were ended and the fire consumed, the grave was closed up again, the mourners withdrew them off the stage, and immediately, by the gates Homoloydes entred Pollinyces, accompanied with vi gentlemen and a page that carried his helmet and target ; he and his men unarmed saving their gorgets, for that they were permitted to come into the towne in time of truce, to the end Jocasta might bring the two brethren to a parle : and Pollinyces, after good regard taken round about him, speake as foloweth.
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1566 1575 The posies of George Gascoigne esquire. Jocasta: a tragedie written in Greeke by Euripides, translated and digested into acts by George Gascoigne and Francis Kinwelmersh of Grayes Inne, and there by them presented, 1566. George Gascoigne (1535-1577) & Francis Kinwelmersh (1538-?1580) The order of the laste [fifth] dumbe shewe.

First the stillpipes sounded a very mournful melody, in which time came upon the stage a woman clothed in a white garment, on hir head a piller, double faced, the formost face fair and smiling, the other behinde blacke and louring, muffled with a white laune about hir eyes, hir lap ful of jewelles, sitting in a charyot, hir legges naked, hir fete set upon a great round bal, and beyng drawen in by iiii noble personages : she led in a string on hir right hand, ii kings crowned, and in hir lefte hand ii poore slaves very meanly attyred. After she was drawen about the stage, she stayed a litle, changing the kings unto the left hande and the slaves unto the right hand; taking the crownes from the kings heads she crowned therwith the ii slaves, and casting the vyle clothes of the slaves upon the kings, she despoyled the kings of their robes, and therwith apparelled the slaves. This done, she was drawen eftsones about the stage in this order, and then departed, leaving unto us a plaine type or figure of unstable fortune, who dothe oftentimes raise to heigthe of dignitie the vile and unnoble, and in like manner throweth downe from the place of promotion even those whom before she hir selfe had thither advaunced : after hir departure came in Duke Creon with foure gentlemen wayting upon him, and lamented the death of Meneceus his sonne in this maner.
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