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A COLLECTION OF PLAYS,
WHICH ARE ACTED AT
THE THEATRES ROYAL,
DRURY LANE, COVENT GARDEN, AND HAYMARKET.
PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS
FROM THE PROMPT BOOKS.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL REMARKS,
IN TWENTY-FIVE VOLUMES.
EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR.
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
THE ROMAN MATRON;
A HISTORICAL PLAY,
IN FIVE ACTS;
BY WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE
AS PERFORMED AT THE
THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.
PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGEIS
FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.
BY MRS. INCHBALDU
POINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
This play comprehends a period of about four years; and the whole story is exactly followed, and many of the principal speeches exactly copied, from the life of Coriolanus in Plutarch. Dr. Johnson says,
“ the tragedy of Coriolanus is one of the most amusing of our author's performances.” To those persons, who do not prefer a love tale to every other dramatic subject, this opinion must appear just; for the hero and heroine of the drama are both so inimitably drawn, that it is impossible not to feel the deepest interest in all their conflicts.
The vices and virtues of Coriolanus are blended, by the poet's hand, with the nicest observance of filial similitude, as well as of filial piety. He possesses, in his military character, all the fire, courage, and ambition of his mother-and, as a politician, all the woman's vanity, and petty pride. Yet no one can be offended with this spoiled child for his humours, as he retains a most grateful sense of that maternal tenderness which inspired his thirst of fame; though it possibly had impeded the philosophical strength of