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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
7 This and the foregoing are perhaps the original work on which Shakfpeare founded his play of Romeo and Juliet.
& 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.
Sung the faire blossome, thou the withered tree:
Afterwards entered by
oa. 19, 1593.
Roman History, of Titus Andro-
March 12, 1593.
First Part of the Contention of the
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.
torie called the Tayminge of a
Victories of Henry the Fift, con-
Chronicle Historie of Leire King
May 22, 1594.
· 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.
June 19, 1594.
Tragedie of Richard the Third,
of Locrine, the eldest Son of K.
to be staied.
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.
The dates scattered over these pages are from 1595 to 1615.
Dec. 1, 1595.
ward the Third and the Black
Aug. 5, 1596.
Aug. 15, 1597.
and second parts of the Widowe
Aug. 29, 1597.
Oct. 20, 1597.
chard the Third, with the Deathe
Feb. 25, 1597.
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.