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THE

DRAMATICK WRITINGS

OF

WILL. SHAKSPERE,

With the Notes of all the various Commentators;

PRINTED COMPLETE FROM THE BEST EDITIONS OF

SAM. JOHNSON and GEO. STE EVENS.

Uolume the Thirteenth.

CONTAINING

KING HENRY VI. Part 1.
KING HENRY VI. Part 2.

LONDON:
Printed for, and under the Direction of,

John Bell, British Library, STRAND,
Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Walesa

MDCC LXXXVIII.

H E N R Y VI.

PARTI.

BY

WILL. SHAKSPERE:

Printed Complete from the TEXT of

SAM. JOHNSON and GEO, STEEVENS,

And revised from the last Editions.

When Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes
First rear'd the Stage, immortal SHAKSPERE rose ;
Each change of many-colour'd life he drow,
Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new:
Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign,
And panting Time toil'd after him in vain :
His pow'rful strokes presiding Truth confess'd,
And unresisted Passion storm'd the breast.

DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON.

LONDON : Printed for, and under the direation of, John Bell, British Library, STRAND, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the PRINCE of WALES

MDCCLXXXVI.

12.2 S 1788

B4

& a Warnes
9.10.hu

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H 2 historical transactions contained in this play, take in the compass of above thirty years. I must observe, however, that our author, in the three parts of Henry VI. has not been very precise to the date and disposition of his facts ; but shuffled them, backwards and forwards, out of time. For in. stance ; the lord Talbot is kill'd at the end of the fourth act of this play, who in reality did not fall till the 13th of July, 1453: and The Second Part of Henry VI. opens with the marriage of the king, which was solemniz'd eight years before Talbot's death, in the year 1445. Again, in the second part, dame Eleanor Cobham is introduced to insult queen Margaret ; though her penance and banishment for sorcery happened three years before that princess came over to England. I could pointout many other transgressions against history, as far as the order of time is concerned. Indeed, though there are several master-strokes in these three plays, which incontestably

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