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THE

Dramatic Works

OF

BEN JONSON,

AND

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER :

THE FIRST

Printed from the Tert,

AND

WITH THE NOTES OF PETER WHALLEY;

THE LATTER,

From the Text, and with the Notes

OF

THE LATE GEORGE COLMAN, Esq.

EMBELLISHED WITH PORTRAITS.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

London:

PRINTED FOR JOHN STOCKDALE, PICCADILLY,

1811.

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London: Printed by B. M.Millan,

bow Street, Covent Garden. .

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This Play is by Gardiner, in his Commendatory Verses, ascribed to Fletcher singly; but

the Prologue speaks of it as the production of both authors, although again the Epilogue takes notice of but one. There never were any alterations made in this Comedy, nor bas it been acted for many years past.

PROLOGUE, AT THE REVIVING OF THIS PLAY.

STATUES and pictures challenge price and Beaumont's, and Fletcher's, whose desert fame,

out-weighs If they can justly boast and prove they came The best applause, and their least sprig of From Phidias or Appelles. None deny, bays Poets and painters hold a sympathy; (grace, Is worthy Phæbus; and who comes to gather Yet their works may decay, and lose their Their fruits of wit, he shall not rob the trea. Receiving blemish in their limbs or face; sure.

When the mind's art has this preheminence, Nor can you ever surfeit of the plenty,
She sull retaineth her first excellence. Nor can you call them rare, though they be
Then why should not this dear piece be

dainty: esteem'd

The inore you take, the more you do them Child to the richest fancies that e'er teem'd? right; When not their meanest offspring, that came And we will thank you for your own delight,

forth, But bore the image of their fathers' worth.

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