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And revised from the last Editions.
when Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
John Bell, Briticb-Librarp, STRAND,
Ms. Pope supposed the story of this play to have been borrow'd from a novel of Boccace; but he was mistaken, as an imitation of it is found in an old story-book entitled, Westward for Smelts. This imitation differs in as many particulars from , the Italian novelist, as from Shakspere, though they concur in the more considerable parts of the fable. It was published in a quarto pamphlet 1603. This is the only copy of it which I have hitherto seen. There is a late entry of it in the books of the Stationers' Company, Jan. 1619, where it is said to have been written by Kitt of Kingston. ST E E v EN s. This play has many just sentiments, some natural dialogues, and some pleasing scenes, but they are obtained at the expence of much incongruity. To remark the folly of the fićtion, the absurdity of the condućt, the confusion of the names, and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation. Joh N so N.
Jords, Ladies, Roman Senators, a Tribune, Apparitions, a
You do not meet a man, but frowns: our bloods
2 Gent. But what's the matter
1 Gent. His daughter, and the heir of his kingdom,
whom He purpos'd to his wife's sole son (a widow, That late he married), hath refer'd herself Unto a poor, but worthy gentleman : She's wedded: Her husband banish'd; she imprison'd : all Is outward sorrow; though, I think, the king 1o Be touch'd at very heart. A i ij 2 Gent.