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authority, that this play was touched in different parts by Shakespeare, but written by some other poet. I do not find Shakespeare's touches very discernible.
Johnson. It may not be amiss to remark, that this tragedy, which (setting aside the feebleness of composition) would be regarded as too bloody on the modern stage, appears to have been highly relihed in 1686, when it was revived with alterations by Ravenscroft. Instead of diminishing any of its horrors, he seized every opportu; nity of making large additions of them, infomuch that when Tamora stabs her child, the Moor utters the following lines :
She has out- done me, ev'n in mine own art,
END OF VOLUME TME EIGHTH.
turned his genius to stage-writing before he affor". players, and became one of their body. Howev wards introduced it a-new on the stage, with own masterly touches, is inconteftible, and grew his title to it. The diction iu geng taken the pains to raise it, is even benea: of Henry VI. The story we are to sur dronicus is a sur-name of pure Greel ther mentioned by Ammianus Marc can find. Nor had Rome, in th with the Goths that I know of. empire, I mean to Byzantium at Rome, and Saturninus i
All the editors and fing this play spurious for the colour of th plays, and there i closes, not alwa of the spectacl bited, can fr are told That Sh incorte!