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A KEY to the figures at the end of each piece ; as, 16-iv. 2. id est, King John, act iv. scene 2.
1 Tempest. 2 Two Gentlemen of Verona. 3 Merry Wives of Windsor. 4 Twelfth Night. 5 Measure for Measure. 6 Much Ado about Nothing. 7 Midsummer Night's Dream. 8 Love's Labour's Lost. 9 Merchant of Venice. 10 As You Like It. 11 All 's Well that Ends Well. 12 Taming of the Shrew. 13 Winter's Tale. 14 Comedy of Errors. 15 Macbeth. 16 King John. 17 King Richard II. 18 King Henry IV.–Part 1st. 19
Ditto Part 2nd. 20 King Henry V. 21 King Henry VI.—Part 1st. 22
Ditto Part 2nd. 23
Ditto Part 3rd. 24 King Richard III. 25 King Henry VIII. 26 Troilus and Cressida. 27 Timon of Athens. 28 Coriolanus. 29 Julius Cæsar. 30 Antony and Cleopatra. 31 Cymbeline. 32 Titus Andronicus. 33 Pericles, Prince of Tyre. 34 King Lear. 35 Romeo and Juliet. 36 Hamlet. 37 Othello.
“ It may be said of Shakspeare, that from his works may be collected a system of civil and economical prudence.
He has himself been imitated by all succeeding writers; and it may be doubted, whether from all his successors more maxims of theoretical knowledge, or more rules of practical prudence, oan be collected, than he alone has given to his country.”
Gifts, not our own. Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; Not light them for themselves : for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 't were all alike As if we had them notá. Spirits are not finely touch'd, But to fine issues : nor nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and useb.
5-i. 1. 2.
Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. 5_ị. 1. 3.
There's none Can truly say, he gives, if he receives. 27-i. 2. 4.
* “ Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”—Matt. v. 15, 16.
D“He that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold I have gained beside them five talents more,” &c.-Matt. xxv. 20, &c.
14-ii. 1. 6.
Earth, Nature's mother. The earth, that's nature's mother, is her tomb; What is her burying grave, that is her womb: And from her womb, children of divers kind, We sucking on her natural bosom find; Many for many virtues excellent, None but for some, and yet all different. 35-ii. 3. 7.
Nature and Art. Labouring art can never ransom nature From her inaidable estate.
Nature is made better by no mean, But nature makes that mean : 80, o'er that art, Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art, That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock; And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race; This is an art Which does mend nature,-change it rather: but The art itself is nature. 11-i, 1 & 13–iv. 3. 8.
Omnipotence. Can we outrun the heavensc?
22-v. 2. 9.
Divine sovereignty. The words of heaven ;-on whom it will, it will ; On whom it will not, so; yet still 't is justa. 5-i. 3.
c"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee."Ps. cxxxix.
a This shows that Shakspeare had a most correct idea of the nature of Divine sovereignty:—“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."—Rom. ix. 15.