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IN NINE VOLUMES.
WITH NOTES CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY,
AND A BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR,
By W. GIFFORD, Esq,
The Muses' fairest light in no dark time;
VOLUME THE THIRD.
PRINTED FOR G. AND W. NICOL; F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; CADELL
AND DAVIES; LONGMAN AND CO.; LACKINGTON AND CO.;
By W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-row, St. James's.
SEJANUs.) This " Tragedy” was first acted in 1603 by the company at the Globe ; and Shakspeare, Burbadge, Lowin, Hemings, Condel, Philips, Cooke, and Sly, had parts in it. Though much applauded by the fashionable part of the audi. ence, it proved “ caviare to the general," and experienced considerable opposition. Sejanus was not published till 1605; when it appeared, in quarto, without a dedication, but accompanied by several copies of commendatory verses. Subsequently it seems to have acquired some degree of popularity : Jonson says that it had outlived the malice of its enemies, when he republished it in folio, in 1616; and it was one of the first plays revived after the Restoration. Sejanus is not divided into scenes in any of the editions; it bas neither exits nor entrances; and is, upon the whole, the most involved and puzzling drama, in its internal arrangement, that was ever produced. The motto both to the quarto and folio is the same:
Non híc centauros, non gorgonas, harpyiasque
Invenies : hominem pagina nostra sapit. It is taken from Martial, and had already furnished the ground. work for the admirable prologue to Every Man in his Humour.