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It seemed not amiss to introduce the following Obser.
vations with one general Criticism on our Author's Dramatick Works, by dividing them into four Classes, and so giving an estimate of each Play reduced to its proper Class.
CLASS I. I Tempest. Vol. 1. 2 Merry Wives of Windsor. Vol. 1. 3 Measure for Measure. Vol. 1. 4 Merchant of Venice, Vol. 2. 5 Twelfth-Night. Vol. 3.
CLASS II. I Midsummer-Night's Dream. Vol. 1. 2 Much Ado about Nothing. Vol. 2. 3. As you like it. Vol. 2. 4 All's well that ends well. Vol. 3. 5 Winter's Tale. Vol. 3.
CLASS III. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Vol. 1, 2 Love's Labour's Loft. Vol. 2.
CLASS IV. I Taming of the Shrew. Vol. 2. 2 Comedy of Errors. Vol. 3.
· CLASS IV.
Henry VI. Part 2. Vol. 5.
The Comedies and Tragedies in the last Class are certainly not of Shakespear. The most that can be said of them is, that he has, here and there, corrected the dialogue; and now and then added a Scene. It may be just worth while to observe, in this place, that the whole first Act of Fletcher's Two Noble Kinsmen , was wrote by Shakespear, but in his worst manner.
· ALONSO, King of Naples.
Sebastian, bis Brother.
SCENE, An uninhabited Island.