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Under his feet : for proof, ere this thou feel'st
Thus they the Son of God our Saviour meek Sung victor, and from heav'nly feast refresh'd Brought on his way with joy; he unobserv'd Home to his mother's house private return d.
THE E N D.
Aristot. Poet. Cap. 6.
ricordiam et metum perficiens talium affectuum
Of that fort of Dramatic Poem which is
RAGEDY, as it was anciently compos'd, hath been ever held the gravest, mo
raleft, and moft profitable of all other poems: therefore faid by Aristotle to be of power by raising pity and fear, or terror, to purge the mind of those and such like passions, that is, to temper and reduce them to just measure with a kind of delight, stirr'd up by reading or seeing those passions well imitated. Nor is Nature wanting in her own effects to make good his affertion: for so in phyfic things of melancholic hue and quality are us'd against melancholy, four against four, ialt to remove falt humors. Hence philosophers and other gravest writers, as Cicero, Plutarch and others, frequently cite out of tragic poets, both to adorn and illuitrate their discourse. The Apostle Paul himfelf thought it not unworthy to iniert a verse of Euripides into the text of Holy Scripture, 1 Cor. XV. 33. and Paræus commenting on the Revelation, divides the whole book as a tragedy, into acts diitinguish d each by a chorus of heavenly harpings and fong between. Heretofore men in highest dignity have labor'd not a little to be thought able to compose a tragedy. Of that honor Dionysius the elder was no less ambitious, than before of his attaining to the tyranny. Auguftus Cæfar also had begun his Ajax, but unable to please his own judgment with what he had begun, left it unfinish'd. Seneca the philosopher is by me thought the author of those tragedies (at least the best of them)