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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.
Actually a translation from Lodovico Dolce's Italian version of the
Francis Kinwelmersh, translated only Acts I and IV of
, neither of which concern us here.
Originally published in 1573 under the title
A Hundredth Sundry Flowres bound up in one small Posie. Gathered partly (by translation) in the fyne outlandish Gardens of Euripides, Ovid, Petrarch, Ariosto and others; and partly by Invention out of our owne fruitfull Orchardes in Englande, Yelding Sundrie Savours of tragical, comical and moral discourse, bothe pleasaunt and profitable, to the well-smelling noses of learned readers
, by London printer Richarde Smith.
Gascoigne was an English poet, soldier and unsuccessful courtier. Kinwelmersh (Kynwelmarsh, Kindlemarsh) was a minor Elizabethan poet and dramatist.
Welch (1911/1916: 131).
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