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Rof. It is not the fashion to fee the lady the Epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome, than to fee the lord the Prologue. If it be true, that good wine needs no bufb, 'tis true, that a good Play needs no Epilogue. Yet to good wine they do ufe good bushes; and good Plays prove the better by the help of good Epilogues. What a cafe am I in then, that am neither a good Epilogue, nor can infinuate with you in the behalf of a good Play? I am not furnifh'd like a beggar'; therefore to beg will not become me. My way is to conjure you, and I'll begin with the women. I charge you, O women', for the love you bear to men, 'to like as much of this Play as pleafes you: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women (as I perceive by your fimpring, none of you hate them)
5-What a cafe am I in then, &c.] Here feems to be a chafm, or fome other depravation, which deftroys the fentiment here intended. The reafoning probably ftood thus, Good wine needs no bush, good plays need no epilogue, but bad wine requires a good bufh, and a bad play a good Epilogue. What cafe am I in then? To reftore the words is impoffible; all that can be done with out copies is, to note the fault. -furnish'd like a beggar;] That is, dreed: fo before, he was furnished like a huntfman.
7 -1 charge you, for the love bear to men, to like as much of this play as pleases YOU: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women,that between you and the women, &c.] This paffage fhould be read thus, I charge you, O wo
men, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as pleases THEM: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women,TO LIKE AS MUCH AS PLEASES THEM, that between you and the women, &c. Without the alteration of You into Them, the invocation is nonsense; and without the addition of the words, to like as much as pleases them, the inference of, that between you and the women the play may pass, would be unfupported by any precedent premifes. The words feem to have been ftruck out by some senseless Player, as a vicious redundancy.
WARBURTON. The words you and ym written as was the cuftom in that time, were in manufcript fcarcely diftinguishable. The emendation is very judicious and probable.
that between you and the women, the Play may please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleas'd me, complexions that lik'd me, and breaths that I defy'd not: and, I am fure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will for my kind offer, when I make curt'fy, bid me farewel. [Exeunt omnes.
8 If I were a woman,] Note that in this author's time the parts of women were always performed by men or boys. HANMER. Of this play the fable is wild and pleafing. I know not how the ladies will approve the facility with which both Rosalind and Celia give away their hearts. To Celia much may be forgiven for the heroism of her friendhip. The character of Jaques
is natural and well preferved. The comick dialogue is very fprightly, with lefs mixture of low buffoonery than in fome other plays; and the graver part is elegant and harmonious. By haftening to the end of his work Shakespeare fuppreffed the dialogue between the ufurper and the hermit, and loft an opportunity of exhibiting a moral leffon in which he might have found mat ter worthy of his highest powers,
FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
three Lords, attending upon the King in
Lords, attending upon the Princess of
Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard.
Holofernes, a Schoolmaster.
Coftard, a Clown.
Moth, Page to Don Adriano de Armado.
Princess of France.
Ladies, attending on the Princess.
Jaquenetta, a Country Wench.
Officers, and others, Attendants upon the King and
SCENE, the King of Navarre's Palace, and the Country near it.
This enumeration of the perfons was made by Mr. Rowe.
Of this Play there is an edi
tion in 4to 1598, by W. W. for Cuthbert Burby, which I have not feen.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
ACTIS CENE I.
Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.
ET Fame, that all hunt after in their lives, Live registered upon our brazen tombs: And then grace us in the disgrace of death: When, fpight of cormorant devouring time, Th' endeavour of this prefent breath may buy That honour which fhall bate his fcythe's keen edge; And make us heirs of all eternity. Therefore, brave Conquerors! for fo you are, That war against your own Affections, And the huge army of the world's defires; Our late edict shall strongly stand in force. Navarre fhall be the wonder of the world; Our Court shall be a little academy, Still and contemplative in living arts. You three, Biron, Dumain, and Longaville, Have fworn for three years' term to live with me, My fellow Scholars; and to keep thofe Statutes, That are recorded in this schedule here. Your oaths are paft, and now fubfcribe your names: