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The Persons.

The former part is spent in bringing the

sick prince forth as it were desirous to Dine.


shift his chamber and couch, as dying Debora, Rebecca's nurse. Sichem.

men use; his father telling him what Jacob.

Counselors 2.

sacrifize he had sent for his health to Simeon


Bethel and Dan; his fearlessnesse of Levi.


death, and putting his father in mind

to set (send] to Abiah. The Chorus of vi. Thamar Cuophorusa. Where Juda is

the Elders of Israel bemoning his virfound to have been the author of that

tues bereft them, and at another time crime, which he condemned in Tamar:

wondring why Jeroboam, being bad Tamar excus'd in what she attempt

himself, should so grieve for his son ed.

that was good, &c. vii. The golden Calfe, or The Massacre in 'xxxiv, Imbres, or The Showers. 1 Reg. xviii,

Horeb. vüi. The Quails. Num. xi.

XXXV. Naboth ovxyDayTé urvog. I Reg. xxi. ix. The Murmurers. Num. xiv.

xxxvi. Ahab. I Reg. xxii. Beginning at the X, Corah, Dathan, &c. Num. xvi, xvii.

synod of fals profets : ending with rexi. Moabitides. Num. xxv. (See No. lv.

lation of Abab's death: his bodie below.]

brought. Zedechiah slain by Ahab's xij. Achan. Joshue vii and viii.

friends for his seducing. (See Larater, xiii, Josuah in Gibeon. Josh. X.

II Chron. xviii.) xir. Gideon Idoloclastes. Judg. vi, vii. Xxxvii, Elias in the mount. II Reg. i. 'Ope:ßétng. xv. Gideon pursuing. Judg. viii.

Or, better, Elias Polemistes. xvi. Abimelech the Usurper. Judg. ix. Xxxviii, Elisaus Hudrochóos. II Reg. ni. Hudroxvii. SAMSON MARRING, or in Ramach Lechi.

phantes. Aquator, Judg. xv.

xxxix. Elisaus Adoro locétas, xviii. Samson PURSQPHORUS, or Hybristes, or xl, Elisaus Minutes, sive in Dothaimis. II Dagonalia. Judg. xvi.

Reg. vi. xix. Comazontes, or The Benjaminites, or The xli. Samariu Liberala. II Reg. vii. Rioters. Judg. xix, xx, xxi.

xlii. Achabæi Cunoborwmeni. II Reg. ix. xx. Theristria, a Pastoral, out of Ruth.

The Scene, Jesrael. Beginning, from xxi. Eliada, Hophni and Phinehas. 1 Sam.

the watchman's discovery of Jehu, till i, ii, iii, iv, Beginning with the first

he go out. In the mean while, message overthrow of Israel by the Philistines;

of things passing brought to Jesebel, interlac't with Samuel's vision concern

&c. Lastly, the 70 heads of Ahab's ing Elie's family,

sons brought in, and message brought of xxii, Jonathan rescued. I Sam. xiv.

Ahaziah's brethren slain on the way. xxii. Doeg slandering. 1 Sam. xxii.

Chap. x. xxiv. The sheep-shearers in Carmel, a Pastoral. xliï, Jehu Belicola. II Reg. x. I Sam, XXV.

xliv, Athaliah, II Reg. xi. xxv. Saul in Gilboa. 1 Sam. xxviii, xxxi.

xlv. Amaziah Doryalotus. II Reg. xiv. II xxvi. David revolted. I Sam. from the xxvii

Chron. xxv. chap. to the xxxi.

xlvi. Hezechias modsgqué jus'oc. II Reg. xviii, xxvii. David adulterous. Il Sam. c. xi, xii.

xix. Hesechia beseiged. The wicked hyxxviii. Tamar, II Sam. xiii.

pocrisy of Shebna, (spoken of in the xi. xxix. Achitophel. II Sam. xv, xvi, xvii, xviii.

or thereabout of Isaiah,) and the comXXX. Adoniah. I Reg. ii.

mendation of Eliakim will afford á cóguas xxxi. Solomon Gynæcocralumenns, or Idolo

abyx, together with a faction that sought margus, aut Thysiazusa. I Reg. xi.

help from Egypt. xxxii. Rehoboam. I Reg, xii. Wher is dis- xlvii. Josiah Azlomenos. II Reg. xxiii. puted of a politic religion,

xlviii. Zedechia xeoTeJiwr. II Reg. But the xxxii. Abias Thersæns. I Reg. xiv. The queen,

story is larger in Jeremiah, after much dispute, as the last refuge, xlix. Salymay Halosis. Which may begin sent to the profet Ahias of Shilo; re

from a message brought to the city of ceavs the message. The Epitasis, in

the judgement upon Zedechiah and his that shee, hearing the child shall die,

children in Ribla : and so seconded as she comes home, refuses to return,

with the burning and destruction of city thinking thereby to elude the oracle.

and temple by Nebuzaradan; lamented

by Jeremíah. Apocalypse of Saint John is the majestic image

1. Asa, or Æthiopes. II Chron. xiv. with of a high and stately tragedy, shutting up and in

the deposing his mother, and burning

her idol. termingling her solemn scenes and acts with a

li. The three children. Dan. jjj. seven-fold chorus of hallelujahs and harping sym

lii. Abram from Morea, or Isaac redeemphonies.” Prose-Works, edit. 1698, vol. i. 61.


The oiconomie may be thus. The

fift or sixt day after Abraham's depar* So they are termed in Milton's MS. Those,

ture. Eleazar (Abram's steward) first which relate to Paradise Lost, have been given at the end of that poem.


alone, and then with the Chorus, dis. with joy.

course of Abraham's strange voiage,

Sodam burning. The Scene before Lot's thire mistresse sorrow and perplexity,

gate. accompanied with frightfull dreams;

The Chorus, consisting of Lot's shepand tell the manner of his rising by

herds come to the citty about some af. night, taking his servants and his son

fairs, await in the evening thiré mais. with him. Next may come forth Sa

ter's return from his evening walk torah herself. After the Chorus, or Is

ward the citty gates. He brings with mael, or Agar. Next some shepheard

him two young men, or youths, of poble or companie of merchants, passing

form. After likely discourses, prethrough the mount in the time that

pares for thire entertainpient. By then Abram was in the mid-work, relate to

supper is ended, the gallantry of the Sarah what they saw. Hence lamen

towne passe by in procession, with tations, fears, wonders. The matter in

music and song, to the temple of the mean while divulg'd, Aner, or Es

Venus Urania or Peor ; and, ander. chol, or Mamre, Abram's confederats,

standing of tow noble strangers arrir'd, come to the house of Abram to be

they send 2 of thire choy sest youth, with more certaine, or to bring news, in

the priest, to invite them to thire citry the mean while discoursing, as the

solemnities; it beeing an honour that world would, of such an action, divers

thire citty bad decreed to all fair perways; bewayling the fate of so noble a

sonages, as beeing sacred to their god. man faln from his reputation, either

dess. The angels being ask't by the through divin justice or superstition, or

priest whence they are, say they are of covering to doe sotne notable act through

Salem ; the priest inveighs against the zeal. At length a servant, sent from

strict reign of Melchisedec. Abram, relates the truth; and last he

Lut, that knows thire drift, answers himselfe comes in with a great traine

thwartly at last. Of which notice given of Melchizedec's, whose shepheards,

to the whole assembly, they hasten beeing secretlye witnesses of all pas

thither, taxe him of præsumption, sinsages, had related to their master, and

gularity, breach of city-customs; in he conducted his friend Abraham home

fine, offer violence. The Chorus of

shepheards prépare resistance in thire liii. Baptistes. The Scene, the Court.

maister's defence; calling the rest of Beginning, From the morning of He

the serviture : but, being forc't to gire ro'ds birth day.

back, the angels open the dore, rescue Herod, by some counsel

Lot, discover themselrès, warne him gin of tbe MS. Or els the queen er persuaded on his birth

to get her his friends and sons in law out may plit, under day to release John Bap

of the city. sing for his li tist, purposes it, causes

He goes, and returns; as baring berty, to sick him to be sent for to court

met with some incredulous. Some to a spare by from prison. The queen his freedom of hears of it, takes occa

other freind or son in law (out of the speech.

way when Lot came to his house) oversien to passe wher he is, on purpose,

takes him to know his buises. Heer is that, under prætense of reconsiling to

disputed of incredulity of divine judgehim, or seeking to draw a kind retrac

ments, and such like inatters. tation from him of the censure on the

At last is described the parting from marriage; to which end she sends a

the citty. The Chorus depart with their courtier before, to sound whether he

maister. The angels doe the deed with might be persuaded to mitigate his sen

all dreadful execution. The king aod tence; which not finding, she herself

nobles of the eitty may come forth, craft ly assays; and on his constancie,

and serve to set out the terror. 4 Chofounds an accusation to Herod of a con

rus of angels concluding, and the tumacious affront, on such a day, be

angels relating the event of Lot's jourfore many peers ; præpares the king to

ney, and of his wife. some passion, and at last by her daugh

The first Chorus, beginning, may reter's dancing, effects it. There may

Jate the course of the citty ; each evenprologize the spirit of Philip, Herod's

ing every one, with mistresse or Ganybrother. It may also be thought that

med, gitterning along the streets, or 50Herod had well bedew'd himself with

Jacing on the banks of Jordan, or down wine, which made him grant the easier

the stream. to his wive's daughter.

At the priests' inviting the angels to Some of his disciples also, as to con

the solemnity, the angels, pittying their gratulate his liberty, may be brought

beauty, may dispute of love, and bow it in ; with whom, after certain command

differs from lust; seeking to win them. of bis death, many compassionating

In the last scene, to the king and words of his disciples, bewayling his

nobles, when the fierce thunder begins youth cut off in his glorious cours ; he

aloft, the angel appeares all girt with telling them his work is don, and wish

flames, which, he saith, are the flames ing them to follow Christ his inais

of true love, and tells the king, wbo ter.

falls down with terrour, his just suffering, liv. Sodom. The title, Cupid's funeral pile :

as also Athane's, that is, Gener, Lot's son

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in lav, for despising the continual ad

martyr'd by Hinguar the Dane. Şco monitions of Lot. Then, calling to the

Speed, L. viii, C. ii. thunders, lightning, and fires, he bids Ixxii. Sigbert, tyrant of the West-Saxons, them heare the call and command of

slaine by a swinheard. God, to come and destroy a godlesse Ixxiii. Edmund, brother of Athelstan, slaine by a nation. He hrings them down with

theese at his owne lable. Malmesb. some short warning to other nations to Lyxiv. Edrein, son to Edward the younger, for take heed.

lust depriv'd of his kingdom, or rather by by, Moabitides, or Phineas. The epitasis faction of monks, whome he haled ; togewhereof may lic in the contention, first,

ther [with] the impostor Dunstan. between the father of Zimri and Elea- Ixxv. Edward, son of Edgar, murder'd by his zer, whether he (ought] to have slain

step-mother. To which may be inserthis son without law? Next, the ambas

ed the tragedies stirr'd up betwixt the sadors of the Moabites, expostulating

monks and priests about mariage. about Cosbi, a stranger and a noble wo- Ixxvi. Etheldred, son of Edgar, a slothful king; man, slain by Phineas.

the ruin of his land by the Danes. It may be argued about reformation Ixxvii. Ceaulin, king of the West-Saxons, for and punishment illegal, and, as it were,

tyrannie depos’d and banish't; and dyby tumult. After all arguments dri

ing. ven home, then the word of the Lord lxxviii. The slaughter of the monks of Bangor may be brought, acquitting and ap

by Edelfride, stirr'd up, as is said, by proving Phineas.

Ethelbert, and he by Austine the monke ; Ivi. Christus Paliens. The Scene, in the

because the Britains would not receave the garden. Beginning, from the comming

rites of the Roman church. See Bede, thither, till Judas betraies, and the of

Geffrey Monmouth, and Holinshed, p. ficers lead him away. The rest by

104. Which must begin with the conMessage and Chorus.

vocation of British Clergie by Austin to His agony may receav noble expres

determine superfluous points, which by sions.

them were refused. Ivii. Christ born.

Ixxix. Edwin, by vision, promis'd the kingdom of Tii. Herod massacring, or Rackel weeping. Northumberland on promise of his conve) Matt. ii.

sion; and therein establish't by Rodoald, Ixix. Christ bound.

king of [the] East-Angles. Ix. Christ crucifi'd.

Ixxx. Oswin, king of Deira, slaine by Oswie Ixi. Christ risen.

his friend, king of Bernitia, through inIxji. Lazarus. John, xi,

stigation of flatterers. See Holinsh. p.

115. lxxxi. Sigibert, of the East-Angles, keeping

companie with a person excommunicated, BRITISH TRAGEDIES,

slaine by the same man in his house, according as the bishop Cedda had fore

told. Ixiii. The cloister-king Constans set up by Ixxxii, Egfride, king of the Northumbers, slaine Vortiger. Venutius, husband to Car

in battle against the Picts ; having betismandua.

fore wasted Ireland, and made warre for Ixiv. Vortiger poison'd by Roena.

no reason on men that ever lov'd the En. lxv, Vortiger immurd. Vortiger marrying

glish; forewarn'd al o by Cuthbert not Roena, See Speed. Reproov'd by Vo

lo fight with the Picts. din, archbishop of London. Speed. lxxxiii. Kinewulf, king of the West-Saxons, The massacre of the Britains by Hengist

slaine by Kineard in the house of one of in thire cups at Salisbury plaine.

his concubins. Malmsbury.

Ixxxiv. Gunthildis, the Danish ladie, with her Lxvi, Sigher, of the East-Saxons, revolted

husband Palingus, and her son, slaine by from the faith, and reclaimed by Jaru

the appointment of the traitor Edrick, in mang

king Ethelred's days. Holinsh. L. vii. Ixvii. Ethelbert, of the East-Angles, slain by

C. v. together with the massacre of the
Ofra the Mercian See Holinsh. L. vi.

Danes at Oxford. Speed.
C. v. Speed, in the life of Offa, and Ixxxv. Brightrick, (king) of [the] West-Saxons,

poyson'd by his wife Ethelburge, Offa's Ixviii. Sebert slaine by Penda, afler he had left

daughter; who dyes miserably also, in his kingdom. See Holiushed, p. 116.

beggery, after adultery, in a nunnery. Ixix. Wulfer slaying his tow sons for beeing

Speed in Bithrick.
Christians. :

Ixxxvi. Alfred, in disguise of a minstrel, discovers lxx. Osbert, of Northumberland, slain for ra

the Danes' negligence; sets on (them) vishing the wife of Bernbocard, and the

with a mightie slaughter.

About the Danes brought in. See Stow, Holinsb.

same tyme the Devonshire men rout L. vi. C. xii. And especially Speed, L.

Hubba, and slay him. viii. C. ji.

lxxxvii. Athelstan exposing his brother Edwin to xxi, Edmund, last king of the East-Angles,

the sea, and repenting

lxxxviii. Edgar slaying Ethelwold for false play caus’d the victorie, &c. Scotch story, p. in wouing. Wherein may be set out

155 &c. his pride, and lust, which he thought to xcix. Kenneth, who, having privily poison'd close by favouring monks and building

Malcolm Duffe that his own son might monasteries, Also the disposition of

succeed, is slain by Fenella. Scotch woman in Elfrida towards her hus

Hist, p. 157, 158, &c. band. [Peck proposes, and justly, c. Macbeth. Reginning at the arrivall of I think, to read cloke instead of close. ]

Malcolin at Mackduffe. The matter of Ixxxix. Swane beseidging London, and Ethelred

Duncan may be express't by the aprepuls’t by the Londoners.

pearing of his ghost,
XC. Harold slaine in battel, by William lhe

Norman. The first scene may begin
with the ghost of Alfred, the second son
of Ethelred, slaine in cruel manner by
Godwin, Harold's father ; his mother

and brother dissuading him.
xci. Edmund Ironside defeating the Danes In this Monody, the author bewails a learned
at Brentford ; with his combat with Ca-

friend, unfortunately drowned in lis passage nute.

from Chester on the Irish seas, 1637. And by xcii. Edmund Ironside murder'd by Edrick the occasion foretells the ruin of our corrupted traitor, and reveng'd by Cannte.

clergy, then in their height. xciii. Gunilda, daughter to king Canute and

[Edward King, the subject of this Monody, Emma, wife to Henry 111. emperour, was the son of sir John King, knight, secretary accus'd of inchastitie ; defended by her

for Ireland, under queen Elizabeth, James the English page in combat against a giant- first, and Charles the first. He was sailing like adversary; who by him at two blows

from Chester to Ireland, on a visit to his is slaine, &c. Speed in the life of Ca

friends and relations in that country: these nute.

were, his brother sir Robert King, knight; xciv. Hardiknule dying in his cups: an exam- and his sisters, Anne wife of sir George Caul. ple to riot.

field lord Claremont, and Margaret, abovexcv. Edward the Confessor's divorsing and im

nientioned, wife of sir George Loder, chief prisoning his noble wife Editha, God

justice of Ireland ; Edward King bishop of win's daughter. Wherin is showed his

Elphin, by whom he was baptized ; and Wilover-affection to strangers, the cause liam Chappel, then dean of Cashel, and proof Godwin's insurrection, Wherein

vost of Dublin college, who had been his tutor Godwin's forbearance of battel, prais'd;

at Christ's college Cambridge, and was afterand the English moderation on both wards bishop of Cork and Ross, and in this passides, magnifi'd. His [Edward's] slack- toral is probably the same person that is styled nesse to redresse the corrupt clergie, old Danoetas, v. 36. When, in calm weather, and superstitious prætence of chas- not far from the Eoglish coast, the ship, a very titie,

crazy vessel, a fatal and perfidious bark, struck on a rock, and suddenly sunk to the bottom with all that were on board, nol one escaping, Aug. 10, 1637. King was now only twenty

five years old. He was perhaps a native of IreSCOTCH STORIES, OR RATHER BRI.


At Cambridge, he was distinguished for his piety,

and proficiency in polite literature. He has

no inelegant copy of Latin iambics prefixed to xcvi. Athirco slain by Natholochus, whose a Latin comedy called Senile Odium, acted at

daughters he had ravish'l; and this Na- Queen's college, Cambridge, by the youth of
tholocus, usurping thereon the kingdom, that society, and written by P, Hausted, Can-
seeks to slay the kindred of Athirco, who tab. 1633, 12mo. From which I select these
scape him and conspire against him. He lines, as containing a judicious satire on the
sends a witch to know the event. The false taste, and the customary mechanical or
witch tells the messenger, that he is unnatural expedients, of the drama that then
the man, that shall slay Natholocus. subsisted.
He detests it; but, in his journie home,
changes his mind, and performs it. Non hic cothurni sanguine insonti rubent,
Scotch Chron. English. p. 68, 69.

Nec flagra Megæræ ferrea horrendum intoxcvil. Luc. and Lonwald. A strange story

nant ;
of witchcraft and murder discover'd and Noverca nulla sævior Erebo furit ;
reveng'd. Scotch story, 149 &c.

Venena nulla, præter illa dulcia
xcviii. Haie, the plowman, why, with his two Amoris; atque bis vim abstulere noxiam

sons there at plou, running to the bat- Casti lepores, innocua festivitas,
tell That was belueen the Scots and l'anes Nativa suavitas, proba elegantia, &c.”
in the next field, sta in piht of his
countrymen, renew'd the battell, and He also appears with credit in the Cambridge

Public Verses of his time. He has a copy of What could the Muse herself that Orpheus bore,
Latin iambics, in the Anthologia on the The Muse herself, for her enchanting son,
King's Recovery, Cantab. 1632. 4to. p. 43. Whom universal Nature did lament, 60
Of Latin elegiacs, in the Genethliacum Acad. When, by the rout that made the hideous roar,
Cantabrig. Ibid. 1631. 4to. p. 39. Of Latin His goary visage down the stream was sent,
iambics in Rex Redur, Ibid. 1633. 4to. p. 14. Down the swift Hebrus to the Lesbian shore?
See also EYNSAIA, from Cambridge, Ibid. Alas! what boots it with incessant care
1637. 4to. Signat. C. 3.]

To tend the homely, slighted, shepherd's trade,

Aud strictly meditate the thankless Muse? Yer once more, O ye laurels, and once more

Were it not better done, as others use, Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never-sere,

To sport with Amaryllis in the shade, I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude :

Or with the tangles of Neæra's hair? And, with forc'd fingers rude,

Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year:

(That last infirmity of noble mind)

71 Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear,

To scorn delights and live laborious days; Compels me to disturb your season due :

But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,

And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer :

Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears, Who would not sing for Lycidas ? he knew

" But not the 10

And slits the thin-spun life. Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.

praise,” He must not float upon his watery bier

Phæbus replied, and touch'd my trembling ears; Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,

“ Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil, Without the meed of some melodious tear.

Nor in the glistering foil Begin then, Sisters of the sacred well,

Set off to the world, nor in broad rumour lies : That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring ;

But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes, Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string.

And perfect witness of all-judging Jore; 81 Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse :

As he pronounces lastly on each deed, So may some gentle Muse

Of so much fame in Heaven expect thy meed." With lucky words favour my destin'd urn; 30

O fountain Arethuse, and thou honour'd flood, And, as he passes, turn,

Smooth-sliding Mincius, crown'd with vocal reeds! And bid fair peace be to my sable shroud.

That strain I heard was of a higher mood : For we were nurs'd upon the self-same hill,

Bat now my oat proceeds, Fed the same flock, fountain, shade, and rill.

And listens to the herald of the sea Together both, ere the high lawns appear'd

That came in Neptune's plea ;

90 Under the opening eye-lids of the Morn,

He ask'd the waves, and ask'd the felon winds, We drove afield, and both together heard

What hard mishap hath doom'd this gentle swain} What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn,

And question'd every gust of rugged wings Battening our focks with the fresh dews of night, That blows from off each beaked promontory : Oft till the star, that rose, at evening bright, 30 They knew not of his story; Toward Heaven's descent had slop'd his wester

And sage Hippotades their answer brings, ing wheel.

That not a blast was from his dungeon stray'd; Mean while the rural ditties were not mute,

The air was calm, and on the level brine Temper'd to the oaten fute ;

Sleek Panope with all her sisters play'd. Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Pauns with cloven heel

It was that fatal and perfidious bark, 100 From the glad sound would not be absent long ;

Built in the eclipse, and rigg'd with curses dark, And old Damotas lov'd to hear our song.

That sunk so low that sacred head of thine. But, О the heavy change, now thou art gone,

Next Camus, reverend sire, went footing slow, Now thou art gone, and never must return !

His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge, l'hee, shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves

Inwrought with figures dim, and on the edge With wild thyme and the gadding rine o'er. Like to that sanguine Power inscrib'd with woe.

“Ah! who hath reft" (quoth he)" my dearest grown, And all their echoes mourn :


Last came, and last did go, [pledge?" The willows, and the hazel copses green,

The pilot of the Galilean lake; Shall now no more be seen

Two massy keys he bore of metals twain, 110 Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays.

('The golden opes, the iron shuts amain) As killing as the canker to the rose,

He shook his miter'd locks, and stern bespake: Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,

“ How well could I have spard for thee young Or frost to flowers, that their gay wardrobe wear,

swain, When first the white-thorn blows;

Enow of such, as for their bellies' sake Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherds' ear.

Creep, and intrude, and climb into the fold ? Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorse

Of other care they little reckuning make, less deep

Than how to scrainble at the shearers' feast, Clos'd o'er the head of your lov'd Lycidas? 51

And shove away the worthy bidden griest; For neither were ye playing on the steep,

Elind mouths! that scarce themselves know how Where your old bards, the famous Druids, lie,

to hold Nor on the shaggy top of Mona high,

A sheep-hook, or have learn'daught else the least Nor yet where Deva spreads her wizard stream:

That to the faithful herdman's art belongs! 121 Ay me! I fondly dream!


What recks it them? What need they? They Had ye been there--for what could that have

are sped;

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