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EDITED BY ALEX. CHARLES EWALD, F.S.A.
AUTHOR OF “STORIES FROM THE STATE PAPERS," &c.
“I lie and dream of your full Mermaid wine."-Beaumont.
LONDON: VIZETELLY & CO., 42, CATHERINESTREET, STRAND.
" What things have we seen
Master Francis Beaumont to Ben Jonson.
“Souls of Poets dead and gone,
What Elysium have ye known,
QLATA N the history of English literature
there is no period when license in thought and action is more open and unrestrained than that which immediately followed up
on the Restoration of Charles II. to the throne. It was inevitable that the intolerant severity of Puritanism, when the influences that created it ceased to exist, should be succeeded by a reaction which erred in the other extreme. When it was a sin to read plays, to act plays, or after any fashion to patronise the theatre, it became only a question of time and opportunity for suppressed and irritated human nature to give vent to its feelings with a freedom all the more uncontrolled from the injustice that had so long repressed it. Had it not been for the immoral bondage of Puritanism the immoral emancipation of the Restoration would never have been ushered in.
Action and re-action are influences as domi