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Printed Complete from the TEXT of
SAM. 70HNSON and GE0. STEEVENS,

And revised from the last Editions.

when Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
First rear'd the Stage, immortal SHAKSPERE rose;
Each change of many-colour'd life he drew,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagin’d new :
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
And panting Time toil'd after him in vain:
His pow'rful strokes presiding Truth confess'd,
And unresisted Passion storm'd the breast.

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John Bell, Briticb-Librarp, STRAND,
Bookseller to His Royal Highness the PR is c s of Walk?"

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Ms. Pope supposed the story of this play to have been borrow'd from a novel of Boccace; but he was mistaken, as an imitation of it is found in an old story-book entitled, Westward for Smelts. This imitation differs in as many particulars from , the Italian novelist, as from Shakspere, though they concur in the more considerable parts of the fable. It was published in a quarto pamphlet 1603. This is the only copy of it which I have hitherto seen. There is a late entry of it in the books of the Stationers' Company, Jan. 1619, where it is said to have been written by Kitt of Kingston. ST E E v EN s. This play has many just sentiments, some natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes, but they are obtained at the expence of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fićtion, the absurdity of the condućt, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation. Joh N so N.

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Princess.
Bel A R us, a banished Lord, disguised under the Name of
- Morgan. -
Gu I D E R I Us, : disguised under the Names of Polydore awa.

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Jords, Ladies, Roman Senators, a Tribune, Apparitions, a
Soothsayer, Captains, Soldiers, Messengers, and other
Attendants.

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You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods
No more obey the heavens, than our courtiers',
Still seem, as does the king's.

2 Gent. But what's the matter

1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom,

whom He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow, That late he married), hath refer'd herself Unto a poor, but worthy gentleman : She's wedded: Her husband banish'd; she imprison'd : all Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king 1o Be touch'd at very heart. A i ij 2 Gent.

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