chapter  58
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JOHN GENEST on Valentinian, from Some Account of the English Stage 1832

Lord Rochester plainly saw what parts of the original ought to be omitted, and has very properly ended his play with the death of Valentinian-but he has not been fortunate in his additions, his language being very inferiour to Fletcher’s. Nothing could be more a-propos than the revival of this Tragedy at this time;1 as no Court Chaplain ever carried the doctrine of Passive obedience and Non-resistance to greater lengths than Fletcher does in the Maid’s Tragedy-The Loyal Subject-Rollo, and this play-his father, who was Bishop of London, had probably instilled good principles into him at an early age-Lord Rochester has added some similar sentiments of his own.