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duction of many characters, diversified with bound. less invention, and preserved with profound skill in nature, extensive knowledge of opinions, and accurate observation of life. In a single drama are here exhibited princes, courtiers, and sailors, all speaking in their real characters. There is the agency of airy spirits, and of an earthly goblin; the operations of magic, the tumults of a storm, the adven. tures of a desert island, the native effusion of un. taught affection, the punishment of guilt, and the final happiness of the pair for whom our pasions and season are equally interested. JOHNSON,
Duke of Milan, father to Silvia.
: Gentlemen of Verona.
Julia, a lady of Verona, beloved by Proteus. Silvia, the duke's daughter, beloved by Valentino. Lucetta, waiting-woman to Julia.
Scene, sometimes in Verona ; sometimes in Milan;
and on the frontiers of Mantua.
LEASE to persuade, my loving Proteus ;
Pro. Wilt thou be gone? Sweet Valentine, adieu !
Commend thy grievance to my holy prayers,
Val. And on a love-book pray for my success.
Val. That's on some shallow story of deep love, How young Leander cross'd the Hellespont.
Pro. That's a deep story of a deeper love, For he was more than over shoes in love.
Val. 'Tis true; for you are over boots in love,
Pro. Over the boots ? nay, give me not the boots.
To be In love, where scorn is bought with groans; coy
Pro. So, by your circumstance, you call me fool.
Vul. Love is your master, for he masters you:
Pro. Yet writers say, As in the sweetest bud The eating canker dwells, so eating love Inhabits in the finest wits of all.
Val. And writers say, As the most forward bud Is eaten by the canker ere it blow, Even so by love the young and tender wit Is turn'd to folly; blasting in the bud, Losing luis verdure even in the prime, And all the fair effects of future hopes.
• A humorous punishment at harvest-home feasts, &c.