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Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.

As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free!

invention, and preserved with profound kill in nature, extenfive knowledge of opinions, and accurate observation of life. In a single drama are here exhibited princes, courtiers, and sailors, all speaking in their real characters. There is the agency of airy fpirits, and of an earthly goblin. The operations of magick, the tumults of a storm, the adventures of a desart island, the native effusion of untaught affection, the punishment of gailt, and the final happiness of the pair for whom our passions and reason arc equally interefted. Johnson.

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Persons Represented.

DUKE of Milan, father to Silvia,
Valentine, ?
Protheus,

? the two gentleme.
Anthonio, father to Protheus.
Thurio, a foolish rival to Valentine.
Eglamore, agent for Silvia in her escape.
Hoit, where Julia lodges in Milan.
Out-laws.
Speed, a clownish servant to Valentine.
Launce, the like to Protheus.
Panthino *, servant to Anthonio.

Julia, a lady of Verona, beloved of Protheus.
Silvia, the duke of Milan's daughter, beloved of Va-

latite.
Lucetta, waiting-woman to Julia.

Servants, musicians.

SCENE, sometimes in Verona; fometimes in Milan;

and on the frontiers of Mantua,

* Pantbino.] In the enumeration of characters in the old copy, this attendant on Anthonio is called Panthion, but in the play alwa s Panthino. STEEVENS.

TWO GENTLEMEN

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An open place in Verona.
Enter Valentine and Protheus,

VALENTINE.
M EASE to persuade, my loving Protheus ;

3 Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits :

Wer't not, affection chains thy tender days To the sweet glances of thy honour'd love,

I rather

Some of the incidents in this play may be supposed to have been taken from The Arcadia, book 1. chap. 6. where Pyrocles consents to head the Helots. The love-adventure of Julia resembles that of Viola in Twelfth Night, and is indeed common to many of the ancient novels. STEEVENS.

3 It is observable (I know not for what cause) that the stile of this comedy is less figurative, and more natural and unaffected than the greater part of this author's, though supposed to be one of the first he wrote. Pope.

It may very well be doubted, whether Shakespeare had any other hand in this play than the enlivening it with some speeches and lines thrown in here and there, which are easily distinguished, as being of a different stamp from the rest.

HANMER,

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