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Which pierces so that it assaults
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
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.
DUKE of Milan, father to Silvia,
? the two gentleme”.
Julia, a lady of Verona, beloved of Protheus.
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.
OF :2 V E R O N A.
: ACT I. SCENE I.
An open place in Verona.
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,
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.