Love Hath Found Out His Eyes
29 June 1660 (SR2, 2.271, CLIO)
|Entred . . . under ye hand of MASTER THRALE warden, the severall plays following, that is to say . . . . vs vjd
Fragment in Royal Arbor of Loyal Poesy (1663)
Jordan's own Royal Arbor of Loyal Poesy (1663) reproduces the Prologue and Epilogue from his otherwise lost play:
- A Prologue to a Play of mine, call'd, Love hath found his eyes; or Distractions.
- I Know ye did expect me, but for what,
- To say we have a Play, the Bills shew that;
- Why let's begin then, Sound---But some will say
- Are there no faults in th' Actors, or the Play
- To beg your patience for? Yes faith, there's store,
- Yet all we crave is you'l not make 'em more.
- A very just petition, and 'tis fit
- I think, we bear no more then we commit;
- Yet there are some, wise judges, that do seek
- To raise their laughter on what you dislike:
- The errors of the Actors, and they be
- The witty tribe of our own Quality;
- Why let them laugh, they paid for't, why should we
- Deprive a man of that felicity,
- That cannot help nor hurt us; and I pray
- How e're it prove, don't call't a Pretty Play:
- Let it be good or bad, that slight word pritty
- Shews the Play naught, and the depraver witty.
- The language is but low, and the invention
- No higher then a common apprehension,
- And (in a word) the Authours wish is such
- You'l not despair, nor yet expect too much. (EEBO-TCP, open access)
- The Epilogue spoken by Cupid.
- I Hope these mutual Marriages express
- My opticks are restor'd for each distress
- The Lovers once suppos'd they had by me,
- I have converted to a Jubilee.
- All's happy but my self, for I poor I
- That figure an eternal Deity,
- Must quit my glorious supremacy
- To stand the censure of mortality:
- Be curteous to a God, then whose high laws
- Commands all hearts, yet now must beg applause;
- For if you censure like rig'rous men,
- You spoil the plot and strike me blinde agen:
- All our distractions now are out of date,
- I would they were so too in Church and State,
- That Englands King and People were at rest
- Without confounding eithers interest;
- That jealousies and fears may never more
- Let loyal hearts lie weltring in their gore;
- That so the God of Love may often view
- This Island and present himself to you. (EEBO-TCP, open access)
These were later reprinted in A Nursery of Novelties in Variety of Poetry (1665?).
"Love hath found out his Eyes by Tho. Jorden" appears as the 18th play noted by John Warburton (1682-1759) in his list of the unprinted MS plays allegedly in his collection until destroyed by Warburton’s cook:
- (British Library, Lansdowne MS 807, fo.1r. Reproduced by permission of the British Library. Click image to view full page; click here for more information on Warburton's list)
Unknown; commercial playhouse (see Prologue above); Red Bull? (Munro et al).
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
References to the Play
Only those by Jordan himself and Warburton (possibly derived from Moseley's SR entry) above.
Bentley notes that "[t]he prologue is not very informative as to the character of the play, but it does show commercial and not occasional performance in the opening lines [and] a later reference in the prologue to paid admission" (4.684). In dating the play to between 1641-48/9, he notes that:
There are phrases in Jordan's epilogue which seem to refer to the wars, but I suppose it is possible that the mention of distractions in Church and State and the opposition of King and people could refer to affairs of 1640 and 1641, and the loyal hearts weltering in gore could refer to the execution of Strafford in May, 1641. ... The wish that 'Englands King and people were at rest' would surely be inappropriate after the execution of King Charles on 30 January 1648/9. (4.685)
He adds, conjecturally, that "[t]he title of the play, it might be observed, is more like Jordan's fanciful, allegorical titles of the Interregnum--Cupid His Coronation and Fancy's Festivals--than like his realistic and satiric Caroline titles--the Walks of Islington and Hogsdon and Money Is an Ass" (4.685).
In an "Issues in Review" section of Early Theatre focusing on "Popular Theatre and the Red Bull", Munro, Lancashire, Astington and Straznicky suggest that "Jordan seems to have returned to the Red Bull for surreptitious performances in the 1640s and 1650s. The epilogue to his play Love Hath Found his Eyes, or Distractions, printed in A Royal Arbor of Loyal Poesie (1663), contains references which seem to fit the period between 1642 and 1648 better than the 1660s" (107) then proceed to assert more confidently that "Love Hath Found his Eyes seems to have been performed at the Red Bull in May 1660" (108). Their evidence for this bolder claim is Van Lennep 128, who "follows a suggestion of W.J. Lawrence in unpublished notes preserved at Harvard and states that ‘Love Hath Found out his Eyes’ was performed about May 1660" (113, n28).
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