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النشر الإلكتروني

TO THE

Lady most deserving her NAME and BLOOD,

MARY Lady WROTH.

INS

MADAM, N the

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of facrifices, the truth of religion was not in the greatness and fat of the offerings, but in the devotion and zeal of the sacrificers: else what could a handful of gums have done in the sight of a hecatomb? or how might I appear at this altar, except with those affections that no lefs love the light and witness, than they have the conscience of your virtue ? If what I offer bear an acceptable odour, and hold the first strength, it is your value of it, which remembers where, when, and to whom it was kindled. Otherwise, as the times are, there comes rarely forth that thing so full of authority or example, but by affiduity and custom grows less, and loses. This, yet, safe in your judgment (which is a Sidney's) is forbidden to speak more, lest it talk or look like one of the am. bitious faces of the time, who the more they paint, are the less themselves.

Your Ladyship's true Honourer,

BEN. JONSON.

The Persons of the PLAY.

SUBTLE, the Alchemist.
Face, the House-keeper.
DoL COMMON, their Çolleague,
Dapper, a Clerk.
DRUGGER, a Tobacco-man.
Love-wit, Master of the House,
EPICURE MAMMON, a Knight.
SURLEY, a Gamester.
TRIBULATION, a Pastor of Amsterdam,
ANANIAS, a Deacon there.
Kastrill, the angry Boy.
DA. PLIANT, his Sifter, a Widow,
NEIGHBOURS.
OFFICERS.
Mutes.

The SCENE, LONDON.

The principal Comedians were, Rich. BUR BADGE, Joh. HEMINGS, Joh. Lowin,

WILL. OSTLER, Hen. CONDEL,

Joh. UNDERWOOD, ALEX. COOKE,

Nic. Tooly, Rob. ARMIN,

WILL. EGLESTONE.

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The Alchymist. 1.0.1, Duanernier inv.at jruly.

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