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THE

YOUTH

OF

SH A K S P E A R E.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

" SHAKSPEARE AND HIS FRIENDS."

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women nierely players,
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.

SHAKSPRARE.

Triumph, my Britain ! thou hast one to show
To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe.

BEN JONSON.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1839.

NEW YORK

FENOX LIBRARA

PRINTED BY W. TILCOCK SON, ROP LS BUILDINGA FOTTER LANB.

THE YOUTH OF SHAKSPEARE.

CHAPTER I.

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O fortune, now my wounds redress,

And help me from my smart,
It cometh well of gentleness,
To ease a mourning hearte.

Old Song.
Away with these self-loving lads,
Whom Cupid's arrow never glads !
Away poor souls that sigh and weep
In love of those that lie asleep!

For Cupid is a merry god,
And forceth none to kiss the rod.

LORD BROOKE.
These strange and sudden injuries have fallen
So thick upon me, that I lose all sense
Of what they are.

Methinks I am not wronged;
Nor is it aught, if from the censuring world
I can but hide it. Reputation !
Thou art a word, no more.

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.

On recovering consciousness, the youthful Shakspeare found himself lying stretched on the grass, with a confused sense of pain and sickness, which prevented him from forming any distinct idea of where he was. He could just discern divers black masses of sundry shapes, moving around and about him, whilst above, myriads of stars were twinkling

VOL. II.

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