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ON THE Fable AND Composition of
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST.
I have not hitherto discovered any novel on which this comedy appears to have been founded ; and yet the story of it has most of the features of an ancient romance. STEEVENS.
In this play, which all the editors have concurred to cen. sure, and some have rejected as unworthy of our poet, it must be confessed that there are many passages mean, childish, and vulgar; and some which ought not to have been exhibited, as we are told they were, to a maiden queen. But there are scattered through the whole many sparks of genius ; nor is there any play that has more evident marks of the hand of Shakspere. JOHNSON,
Lords, attending upon the Princess of France.
FERDINAND, King of Navarre.
Three Lords, attending upon the King in LONGAVILLE,
Princess of France.
SCENE, the King of Navarre's Palace, and the Country
This enumeration of the persons was made by Mr. Rowe.
LOVE'S LABOUR's LOST.
ACT I. SCENE 1.
Navarre. The Palace. Enter the King, BIRON, LON
GAVILLE, and DUMAIN.
T fame, that all hunt after in their lives, Live registred upon our brazen tombs, And then grace us in the disgrace of death; When, spight of cormorant devouring time, The 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 so you are, That war against your own affections, And the huge army of the world's desires, 10 Our late edi&t shall strongly stand in force : Navarre shall be the wonder of the world;
Our court shall be a little Academe,
Long. I am resolv'd : 'tis but a three years fast;
Dum. My loving lord, Dumain is mortify’d;
30 To love, to wealth, to pomp, I pine and die; With all these living in philosophy.
Biron. I can but say their protestation over,