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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.
1 Tempest.
2 Two Gentlemen of Verona.
3 Merry Wives of Windsor.
4 Twelfth Night.
5 Measure for Measure.
6 Much Ado about Nothing.
7 Midsummer Night's Dream.
8 Love's Labour's Lost.
9 Merchant of Venice.
10 As You Like It.
11 All's Well that Ends Well,
12. Taming of the Shrew.
13 Winter's Tale.
14 Comedy of Errors.
15 Macbeth.
16 King John.
17 King Richard II.
18 ®King Henry IV.- Part 1st.
19. Ditto

Part 2d.
20 King Henry V.
21 King Henry VI.-- Part 1st.
22 Ditto

Part 2d.
23 Ditto

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.


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“It may be said of Shakspeare, that from his works may be collected

a system of civil and economical prudence,
He has himself been imitated by all succeeding writers; and it
may be doubted, whether from all his scccessors more maxims of
theoretical knowledge, or more rules of practical prudence, can
be collected, than he alone has given to his country.”





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

5-i. 1.


The same.

Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee.

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Faults, extenuation of.
Oftentimes, excusing of a fault,
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse ;
As patches, set upon a little breach,
Discredit more, in hiding of the fault,
Than did the fault before it was so patch’d.

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

ci.e. Blemish.

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