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My mate, that's never to be found again,
So I alone, now left disconsolate,
Mourn to myself the absence of my love;
And wand'ring here and there all desolate,
Seek, with my plaints, to match that mournful deve.
To the Story-book, or, " Pleasant History (as it is called) oj Dorajius and Faivnea," written by Robert Greene, M. A. we are indebted for S's Winter's Tale. Greene joined with Dr. Lodge in writing a play, called "A Looking Glass for London and Englai.d," printed in 1 598, in quarto, and black letter; and many of his other works, which are very numerous, were published about that time, and this amongst the rest. It went through many impressions, all of the same form and letter as the play; and that so low down as the year 1664., of which year I have a copy, fays Capetl.
This play, throughout, is written in the very spirit of its author. And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable country tale,
Our sweetest Sbakespear, fancy's child, Warbles his native wood-notes wild. This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the playi as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had misled some of a great name into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as it regards sentiment and character, is scarcely inserior to any in the whole collection. W. J. allows this play to be very entertaining; and the character of Autolycus very naturally conceived, and stronglj represented.
Antony and Cleopatra.
A C T I. fe C E N E I.
I IlS captain's heart Which in the scuffles of great sights hath burst The buckles in his breast, reneges (i) all temper . And is become the bellows, and the fan, To cool a gipsy's lust 1
Love, the Nobleness of Life.
Let (2) Rome in Tyber melt, and the wide arch Of the rang'd empire fall ; here is my space,
(1) Reneges.'] i. e. Renounces. Pope. J. observes, that in the two last linqs, something seems to be wanting. The bellonus and fan being commonly used for contrary purposes, were probably opposed by the author, who might perhaps have written bellows and the fan, to kindle and to ceol a gipsy's lust. Gipsy it here used both in the original meaning of an Egyptian, and in its accidental sense, for a bad woman.
(a) Let, &c] It is remarked by Plutarch, of Antony, that his language and manner of speaking were, like his temper, turgid and ambitious; and that he asfected the Asiatic manner: S., we sind, not only from the style of the present, but many other of Antony's speeches, was no stranger to this particular, which is an additional proof of his learning: as well as his inimitable excellence in keepi»g up the historical truth of bis characters.
Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alike
Feeds beast as man ; the nobleness of lise
Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair, [embracing.
And such a twain can do't ; in which I bind,
On pain of punishment, the world to weet
We stand up peerless.
Fie, (3) wrangling queen! J'
Scene II. Great Minds respect Truth.
Me/. The nature of bad news insects the teller.
Ant. When it concerns the fool, or coward On:
Speak to me home; mince not the general tongue:
Things loji valued.
There's a great spirit gone! Thus did I desire it;
(3) Tie, &c] See Winter's Tale, where Florizel speaks of Perdita nearly the fame thing, but with greater elegance.
(4) Quick winds lie flill-} The fense is, that man, not agitated by censure, like foil not ventilated by quick winds, produces more evil than good. y. 4