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The Socci is not any greater than we are saying in English (Seck), and utilized in Comedy merely; For Tragedy, with the refrain, and Comedy, have been decades the Greek and Roman Entertainments. The refrain may perhaps, certainly, be term'd Interludes, tho' their Substance have been in general relative to the tale, as recommendations of the foregoing [Page eleven] topic of the Scene, by means of Standers-by, or Over-hearers. but those, by way of levels, melted away, and Mimes or Pantomimes have been instituted of their room. a few of our English Authors have their refrain after the antient demeanour, viz. Shakespear in his Henry V. and Winter's story; Milton in his Samson Agonistes; Sandys in his Christ's ardour; and the overdue Duke of Buckingham in his Tragedies from the Julius Caesar of our Shakespear, and others. The Mimes and Pantomimes crept in, and shov'd out those antient Chorus's; a few have been free and wanton Mimics, that the Roman luxurious too good lik'd; others have been extra respectable, who by way of motion and Gesture might describe a narrative with out talking, in all its number of Passions.

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