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With ALTERATIONS, and an additional
By D. GARRICK.
As it is Performed at the Theatre-Royal
Printed for J. and R. TONS o N and S. DRAPER.
M DCC LIII.
The fudden Change of Romeo's Love from Rofaline to Juliet, was thought by many, at the firft Revival of the Play, to be a blemish in his Character; an Alteration in that particular has been made more in Compliance to that Opinion, than from a Conviction that Shakespeare, the best Judge of human Nature, was faulty.
Bandello, the Italian Novellift, from whom Shake. fpeare has borrow'd the Subject of this Play, has made Juliet to wake in the Tomb before Romeo dies: This Circumftance Shakespeare has omitted, not perhaps from Judgment, but from reading the Story in the French or English Tranflation, both which have injudiciously left out this Addition to the Catastrophe.
Mr. Otway in his Caius Marius, a Tragedy taken from Romeo and Juliet, has made use of this affecting Circumftance, but it is matter of Wonder that fo great a dramatic Genius did not work up a Scene from it of more Nature, Terror and Distress Such a Scene was attempted at the Revival of this Play, and it is hop'd, that an Endeavour to supply the failure of fo great a Mafter will not be deem'd arrogant, or the making use of two or three of his Introductory Lines, be accounted a Plagiarifm.
The Perfons who from their great Good nature and Love of fuftice have endeavour'd to take away from the prefent Editor the little Merit of this Scene by afcribing it to Otway, have unwittingly, from the Nature of the Accufation, paid him a Compliment which he believes they never intended him.