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tate angels of Andreini, though sometimes hideously and absurdly disgusting, yet occasionally sparkle with such fire as might awaken the emulation of Milton.
I shall not attempt to produce parallel passages from the two poets, because the chief idea that I mean to inculcate is, not that Milton tamely copied the Adamo of Andreini, but that his fancy caught fire from that spirited, though irregular and fantastic, composition—that it proved in his ardent and fertile mind the seed of Paradise Loft ;---this is mat. ter of mere conjecture, whose probability can only be felt in examining the Adamo-to the lovers of Milton it may prove a source of amusing specula. tion.
And as the original work of Andreini is seldom to be found, it may be pleasing to the reader, both of English and Italian, to see in these pages a brief analysis of his drama; with a short selection from
few of the most remarkable scenes.
God the Father.
The sEVEN mortal SINS.
ACT 1. SCENE I, Chorus of Angels, singing the glory of God. After their hymn, which serves 28 a prologue, God the Father, Angels, Adam and Eve. God calls to Lucifer, and bids him survey with confusion the wonders of his power. He creates Adam and Eve—their delight and gratitude.
SCENE 2. Lucifer, arising from hell-he expresses his enmity against God, the good Angels, and Man. - SCENE 3. Lucifer, Şatan, and Beelzebub --Lu. cifer excites his associates to the destruction of Man, and calls other Demons from the abyss to confpire for that purpose.
Scene 4, 5, and 6. Lucifer, summoning seven distinct Spirits, commissions them to act under the character of the seven mortal Sins, with the following names :
ACT II. SCENE I. The Angels, to the number of fifteen, separately fing the grandeur of God, and his munificence to Man. SCENE 2.
Adam and Eve, with Lurcone and Guliar watching unseen.-Adam and Eve exprefs their devotion to God fo fervently, that the evil Spirits, though invisible, are put to fight by their prayer.
Scene 3. The Serpent, Satan, Spirits. The Serpent, or Lucifer, announces his design of circumventing Woman. SCENE 4.
The Serpent, Spirits, and Volano. Volano arrives from hell, and declares that the confederate powers of the abyss designed to send a goddess from the deep, entitled Vain Glory, to vanquish Man,
Scene 5. Vain Glory, drawn by a giant, Vo. lano, the Serpent, Satan, and Spirits.-The Serpent welcomes Vain Glory as his confederate, then hidęs himself in the tree to watch and tempt Eve.
SCENE 6. The Serpent and Vain Glory at first concealed, the Serpent discovers himself to Eve, tempts and seduces her..Vain Glory closes the act with expressions of triumph.
ACT III. SCENE 1. Adam and Eve. After a dialogue of tenderness fhe produces the fruit.Adam expresses horror, but at last yields to her temptation.-When both have tasted the fruit, they are overwhelmed with remorse and terror: they fly to conceal themselves. SCENE 2.
Volano proclaims the Fall of Man, and invites the powers of darkness to rejoice, and pay their homage to the prince of hell.
SCENE 3. Volano, Satan, chorus of Spirits, with ensigns of victory.—Expression of their joy.
Scene 4. Serpent, Vain Glory, Satan, and Spirits.--The Serpent commands Canoro, a mufical spirit, to sing his triumph, which is celebrated with songs and dances in the 4th and 5th scenes ; the latter closes with expressions of horror from the triumphant demons, on the approach of God.
Scene 6. God the Father, Angels, Adam and Eve.-God summons and rebukes the finners, then leaves them, after pronouncing his maledi&ion.
Scene 7 An Angel, Adam and Eve.The Angel gives them rough skins for clothing, and exhorts them to penitence.
Scene 8. The archangel Michael, Adam and Eve.--Michael drives them from Paradise with a scourge of fire. Angels close the act with a cho. rus, exciting the offenders to hope in repentance.
ACT IV. Scene 1. Volano, chorus of fiery, airy, earthly, and aquatic Spirits.--They express their obedience to Lucifer.
Scene 2. Lucifer rises, and utters his abhorrence of the light; the demons console him--he questions them on the meaning of God's words and conduct towards Man-He spurns their tonjectures, and announces the incarnation, then proceeds to new machinations against Man.
Scene 3. Infernal Cyclops, summoned by Lucifer, make a new world at his command. He then commissions three demons against Man, under the characters of the World, the Flesh, and Death. Scene 4.
Adam alone.--He laments his fate, and at last feels his sufferings aggravated, in beholding Eve flying in terror from the hostile animals. SCENE 5. Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve. She excites her companion to suicide.
Scene 6. Famine, Thirst, Lassitude, Despair, Adam and Eve.-Famine explains her own nature, and that of her associates.
Scene 7. Death, Adam and Eve.- Death reproaches Eye with the horrors she has occasioned Adam clofes the aở by exhorting Eve to take refuge in the mountains.
ACT V. Scene I. The Flesh, in the shape of a woman, and Adam.He resists her temptation.
Scene 2. Lucifer, the Flesh, and Adam.-Lucifer pretends to be a man, and the elder brother of Adam.
Scene 3. A Cherub, Adam, the Flesh, and Lucifer.The Cherub secretly warns Adam against his foes; and at last defends him with manifest power.