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A KEY to the figures at the end of each piece ;
as, 16-iv.2. id est, King John, act iv, scene 2.
Part 3d. 24 King Richard III. 25 King Henry VIII. 26 Troilus and Cressida. 27 Timon of Athens. 28 Coriolanus. 29 Julius Cæsar. 30 Antony and Cleopatra. 31 Cymbeline. 32 Titus Andronicus. 33 Pericles, Prince of Tyre. 34 King Lear. 35 Romeo and Juliet. 36 Hamlet. 37 Othello.
Several pieces were mislaid, and not discovered until it
was too late to have them inserted in their respective Sections: they are therefore placed in the Miscellaneous part.
“It may be said of Shakspeare, that from his works may be collected
a system of civil and economical prudence,
Gifts, not our own. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do ; Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not.a Spirits are not finely touch’d, But to fine issues : nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.b
Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.
Faults, extenuation of.
16-iv. 2. 4 Modern and present opinions contrasted. In this, the antique and well-noted face Of plain old form is much disfigured :
a Matt. v. 15, 16. b Interest. Matt, xxv. 20, &c