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Rof. It is not the fashion to see the lady the Epilogue ; but it is no more ynhandsome, than to see the lord the Prologue. If it be true, that good wine needs

, no bush, 'cis true, that a good Play needs no Epilogue. Yet to good wine they do use good bushes; and good Plays prove the better by the help of good Epilogues. What a case 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 furnish'd like a beggaro; therefore to beg will not become me. My way is to conjure you, and I'll begin with the women. J charge you, women', for the love you bear to men, 'to

, O like as much of this Play as pleases you: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women (as I

O perceive by your fimpring, none of you hate them)


bear to


s-What a cafe am I in then, men, for the love you bear 10 men, &c.) Here seems to be a chasm, to like as much of this play as or some other depravation, which pleajes THEM: and I charge you, destroys the sentiment here in: o men, for the love you tended. The reasoning probably women, stood thus, Good wine needs no AS PLEASES THEM, that between bush, good plays need no epilogue, you and the women, &c. With: but bad wine requires a good out the alteration of You into bush, and a bad play a good Epi- Them, the invocation is nonsense; logue. What cafe am I in then? and without the addition of the To restore the words is impof- words, 10 like as much as pleases fible; all that can be done with them, the inference of, that beout copies is, to note the fault. tween you and the women the play

---furnish'd like a beggar ;] may pass, would be unsupported That is, dressed: fo before, he by any precedent premises. The was furnished like a huntsman. words seem to have been struck

1-1 charge you, O women, out by some senseless Player, as for the love

bear to men, to

a vicious redundancy. like as much of this play as pleases

WARBURTON. You': and I charge you, O men,

The words you and ym written for the love you bear to women, as was the custom in that time, that between

and the women,

were in manuscript scarcely di&c.) This paffage should be stinguishable. The emendation read thus, I charge you, O wo- 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 sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will for


kind offer, when I make curt'sy, bid me farewel.

[Exeunt omnes


If I were a woman,] is natural and well preserved. Note that in this author's time The comick dialogue is very

the parts

of women were always sprightly, with less mixture of performed by men or boys. low buffoonery than in some

HANMER. Other plays; and the graver part s. Of this play the fable is is elegant and harmonious. By wild and pleasing. I know not hastening to the end of his work how the ladies will approve the Shakespeare suppressed the diafacility with which both Rosalind logue between the usurper and and Celia give away their hearts. the hermit, and loft an opportuniTo Celia much may be forgiven ty of exhibiting a moral lesson in for the heroism of her friends which he might haye found mat; hip. The character of Jaques' ter worthy of his highest powers.


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FERDINAND, King of Navarre,

three Lords, attending upon the King in

bis retirement.
Boyet, Lords, attending upon the Princess of

Don Adriano de Armado, a fantastical Spaniard.
Nathanael; a Curate.
Dull, a Constable.
Holofernes, a Schoolmaster.
Costard, a Clown.
Moth, Page to Don Adriano de Armado.
A Forefter.

Princess of France.
Maria, Ladies,, æftending on the Princess.
Jaquenetta, à 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 per- tion in 4to 1598, by W. W. for fons was made by Mr. Rowe. Cuthbert Burby, which I have

Of this Play there is an edi- not seen.




The P A LA CE.

Enter the King, Biron, Longaville, and Dumain.



ÉT Fame, that all hunt after in their lives,
Live registered upon our brazen tombs :

And then grace us in the disgrace of death :
When, spight of cormorant devouring time,
Th' endeavour of this present breath may buy
That honour which shall bate his scythe'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 desires;
Our late edict shall strongly stand in force.
Navarre shall 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 those Statutes,
That are recorded in this schedule here.
Your oaths are past, and now subscribe your names:


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