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Again, Feb. 18. 1582. Vol. B. M. Tottell.] Romeo and Juletta. Again, Aug. 5, 1596,--as a newe ballet, for Edward White.

C. p. 12. b. April 3, 1592. Edw. White.] The tragedie of Arden of Feversham and Black Will.

286 April 18, 1593. Rich. Field. ] A booke entitled Venus and


297 b.

7 This and the foregoing are perhaps the original work on which Shakfpeare founded his play of Romeo and Juliet.


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& This play was reprinted in 1770 at Feversham, with a preface attributing it to Shakspeare. The collection of parallel passages which the editor has brought forward to justify his fuppofition, is such as will make the reader smile. The following is a specimen : Arden of Feversham, p. 74:

Fling down Endimion, and snatch him up." Merchant of Venice, Ac V. sc. i:

" Peace, ho! the moon flceps with Endymion.' Arden of Feversham, p. 87: " Let my death makc amends for all my

fin.” Much Ado about Nothing, Ac IV. sc. ii :

Death is the faireft cover for her shame.” STEEVENS. 9 The last stanza of a poem entitled Mirrha the Mother of Adonis ; or Luftes Prodegies, by William Barkited, 1607, has the following praise of Shakspeare's Venus and Adonis :

" But ftay, my muse, in thy own confines keepe,

" And wage not warre with fo deere-lov'd a neighbor; " But, having fung thy day song, rest and sleepe,

" Preserve thy small fame and his greater favor.
" His fong was worthie merit, (Shakspeare hee)

Sung the faire blossome, thou the withered tree:
36 Laurel is due to him ; his art and wit
* Hath purchas'd it; cypres thy brow will fit."


Afterwards entered by
Harrison, sen. June 23, 1594: by
W. Leake, June 23, 1596: by
W. Barrett, Feb. 16, 1616: and
by John Parker, March 8, 1619.

oa. 19, 1593.
Symon Waterson.) A booke entitled the
Tragedie of Cleopatra."

3o1 ъ.
Feb. 6, 1593.
John Danter. ] A booke entitled a noble

Roman History, of Titus Andro-

304 b.
Entered also unto him by war- ,
rant from Mr. Woodcock, the
ballad thereof.

March 12, 1593.
Tho. Millington.) A booke entituled the

First Part of the Contention of the
twoo famous Houses of Yorke and
Lancaster, with the Deathe of the
good Duke Humphrie, and the
Banishment and Deathe of the
Duke of Yorke, and the tragical
Ende of the proude Cardinall of
Winchester, with the notable Re-
bellion of Jacke Cade, and the
Duke of Yorke's first Claime unto
the Crown,

305 b.

9 I suppose this to be Daniel's tragedy of Cleopatra, Simon Waterson was one of the printers of his other works.

STELVENS, Daniel's Cleopatra was published by Waterson in 1594; this entry therefore undoubtedly related to it. ' MALONE,


May 2, 1594.
Peter Shorte.] A pleasaunt conceyted hyl-

torie called the Tayminge of a

306 b.
May 9, 1594.
Mr. Harrison Sen. ] A booke entitled the
Ravyshment of Lucrece.

306 b.
May 12, 1594.
Tho. Strode,] A booke entitled the famous

Victories of Henry the Fift, con-
taining the honorable Battell of

So6 b.
May 14, 1594.
Edw. White.] A booke entituled the famous

Chronicle Historie of Leire King
of England and his three Daugh-

May 22, 1594.
Edw. White. ) A booke intituled a Winter
Nyghts Pastime.'s

307 b.






· I conceive it to be the play that furnished Shakspeare with the materials which he afterwards worked up into another with the same title. STEEVENS.

3. This might have been the very displeasing play mentioned in the epilogue to the second part of King Henry IV.

STEEVENS. The earliest edition of this play now known to be extant, was printed in 1598. Of that edition I have a copy. This piece furnished Shakspeare with the outline of the two parts of King Henry IV. as well as with that of King Henry V.

MALONE. 4 I suppose this to be the play on the fame subject as that of our author, but written before it. STEEVENS,

s Query, if the Winter's Tale. STEZYENS.

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June 19, 1594.
Tho. Creede.) An enterlude entitled the

Tragedie of Richard the Third,
wherein is shown the Death of
Edward the Fourthe, with the
Smotheringe of the twoo Princes
in the Tower, with the lament-
able End of Shore's Wife, and the
Contention of the two Houses of
Lancaster and York. 6

309 b.
July 20, 1594.
Tho. Creede.] The lamentable Tragedic

of Locrine, the eldest Son of K.
Brutus, discoursinge the Warres
of the Britains, &c.

310 b.

Vol. C.
Before the beginning of this volume are
placed two leaves containing irregular en-
tries, prohibitions, notes, &c. Among these
are the following

Aug. 4th.
As You like it, à book.
Henry the Fift, a book."

to be staied.
Comedy of Much Ado about


6. This could not have been the work of Shakspeare, as the death of Jane Shore makes no part of his drama. STEEVENS.

? Probably the play before that of Shakspeare. STEEVENS.

Surely this must have been Shakspeare's Henry V. which, as well as Much Ado about Nothing, was printed in 1600, when this entry appears to have been made. See the Effay on the chronological order of Shakspeare's plays; article, As yout like il. MALONE.


12 b.

The dates scattered over these pages are from 1595 to 1615.

Dec. 1, 1595.
Cuthbert Burby,] A booke entituled Ed-

ward the Third and the Black
Prince, their warres with King
John of France.

Aug. 5, 1596.
Edw. White.] A new ballad of Romeo and

Aug. 15, 1597.
Rich. Jones.] Two ballads, being the first

and second parts of the Widowe
of Watling-strect.

Aug. 29, 1597.
Andrew Wife.] The tragedye of Richard

the Seconde.

Oct. 20, 1597.
Andrew Wise.] The tragedie of King Ri-

chard the Third, with the Deathe
of the Duke of Clarence.

Feb. 25, 1597.
Andrew Wise. ] A booke entitled the Hif-

22 b.



8 This is afcribed to Shakspeare by the compilers of ancient catalogues. STEEVENS. 9

Query, if Shakfpeare's play, the first edition of which appeared in 1597. STEEVINS.

? Perhaps the songs on which the play with the same title was founded. It may, however, be the play itself. It was not uncommon to divide one dramatick piece, though designed for a single exhibition, into two parts. See the King John before that of Shakspeare. STLEVENS.

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