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* MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. ] The Rory is taken from Ariosto, Orl. Fur. B. V. POPE.

It is true, as Mr. Pope has observed, that somewhat refembling the story of this play' is to be found in the fifth book of the Orlando Furioso. In Spenser's Faery Queen, B. II. c. iv. as reinote an original may be traced. A novel, however, of Bellefoiest, copied from another of Bandello, seems to have furnished Shakspeare with his fable, as it approaches nearer in all its particulars to tlic play before us, than any other performance knowu to be extant. I have seen so many versions from this once popular colle&ion, that I entertain no doubt but that a great majority of the tales it comprehends, have made their appearance in an English dress. Of that particular story which I have just mentioned. viz. the 18th history in the third volume, no translation has hitherto been met with. This play was entered at Stationers' Hall, Aug. 23, 1600.

STEEVENS. Ariosto is continually quoted for the fable of Muchado about Nothing; but I suspeå yur poet to have been satisfied with the Geneura of Turberville. " The tale (says Harington) is a pretic comical matter, and hath bin written in English verse some few ycars paft, learncdly and with good grace, by M. George Turbervil." Ariosto, fol. 1591, p. 39. FARMER.

I suppose this comedy to have been written in 2600, 'in which year it was printed. See An Attempt to afcertain the Order of Shakspeare's Plays, Vol. II, MALONE,

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Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon.
Don John, his bastard brother.
Claudio, a young lord of Florence, favourite to Don

Pedro.
Benedick, a young lord of Padua, favoured likewise

by Don Pedro.
Leonato, governor of Messina.
Antonio, his brother.
Balthazar, servant to Don Pedro.
Borachio,
Conrade,

followers of Don John. Dogberry, ?

two foolish oficers. A Sexton. A Friar.

A Boy. .

Hero, daughter to Leonato.
Beatrice, niece to Leonato.
Margaret
Ursula

Messengers, Watch, and Attendants.

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