Stage-plays?are sinfull, heathenish, lewd, ungodly Spectacles and most pernicious Corruptions, condemned in all ages as intolerable Mischiefes to Churches, to Republickes, to the manners, mindes and soules of men. And that the Profession of Play-poets, of Stage-players; together with the penning, acting and frequenting of Stage-plays are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians.
In such green palaces the first kings reign'd,Slept in their shades, and angels entertain'd;With such old counsellors they did advise,And by frequenting sacred groves grew wise.Edmund Waller
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