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abilities of genius and learning, which rendered her the most accomplished princess of her age, not availing her among a parcel of ferocious and enthusiastic barbarians, whom even the lyre of Orpheus had in vain warbled to humanize. Brantome, who accompadyed her, says she was welcome home by a mob of five or fix hundred ragamuffins, who, in discord with the most execrable inftruments, sung psalms ( which she was supposed to dislike) under her chamber window: .. He! adds he, quelle musique & quel repos pour la nuit !. However, it seems “ there is great juftness and beauty in this image, as the vulgar opinion, is that the mermaid always fings in storms. " This vulgar opinion," I am persuaded, is peculiar to the ingenious commentator; as, if the mermaid is ever supposed to fing, it is in calms, which presage storms. I can perceive no propriety in calling the insurreâion of the Northern earls the quarrel of Queen Mary, unless in so far as it was that of the religion the professed. But this perhaps is the least objeđionable part of a chimerical allegory of which the poet himself had no idea, and which the commentator, to whose creative fancy it owes its existence, seems to have very juftly chara&erized, in telling us it is “ out of nature; " that is, as I conceive, perfcaly groundless and unnatural. RITSON.

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STEEVENS. I suspect that there is an error in the title of this play, which, I believe, should be - Love's Labours loft.". M. MASON.

Love's Labour's lost I conjeâure to have been written in 1594. See An Attempt to ascertain the order of Shakspeare's plays, Vol. II.

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