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THE RIVAL QUEENS.

A TRAGEDY.

BY NATHANIEL LEE, ESQ.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRES,

BY
THOMAS DIBDIN,
OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE;

Author of several Dramatic Pieces, &c.

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Printed at the Chiswick Press,

BY C. WHITTINGHAM;
FOR WHITTINGHAM AND ARLISS, PATERNOSTER

ROW, LONDON.

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ALEXANDER THE GREAT Was first acted under the title of the RIVAL Queens in 1677; and, in spite of the strange me"lange of bombast and beautifully poetic imagery it presents, it was extremely well received, and is still a very attractive play; to which probably the necessary splendour of its appointments may not a little contribute. There are passages however of so much intrinsic merit in it, that if, as some biographers report, the author was a little insane, it is a pity he had not bitten some of his brethren, who lacked his glowing, though extravagant, fire of fancy.

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