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It appears, however, that frauds were practised by writers as well as actors. It stands on record against Robert Greene, the author of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, and Orlando Furioso, 1594 and 1599, that he sold the last of these pieces to two different theatres: “Master R. G, would it not make you blush, &c. if you sold not Orlando Furioso to the Queen's players for twenty nobles, and when they were in the country, sold the same play to the Lord Admiral's men for as much more? Was not this plain Coneycatching, M. G.? Defence of Coneycatching, 1592.
This note was not merely inserted to expose the craft of authorship, but to show the price which was anciently paid for the copy of a play, and to ascertain the name of the writer of Orlando Furioso, which was not hitherto known. Greene appears to have been the first poet in England who sold the same piece to different people. Voltaire is much belied, if he has not followed his example. COLLINS.
Notwithstanding what has been said by a late editor, (Mr. Capell,] I have a copy of the first folio, including Troilus and Cressida. Indeed, as I have just now observed, it was at first either unknown or forgotten. It does not however appear in the list of the plays, and is thrust in between the histories and the tragedies without any enumeration of the pages; except, I think, on one leaf only. It differs entirely from the copy in the second folio. FARMER.
I have consulted at least twenty copies of the first folio, and Troilus and Cressida is not wanting in any of them.
PRIAM, king of Troy:
Trojan and Greek Soldiers, and Attendants.
SCENE, Troy, and the Grecian Camp before it.
In Troy, there lies the scene. From isles of Greece
Leaps o'er the vaunt and firstlings of those broils,
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. .
SCENE 1.—Troy. Before Priam's palace.
Enter Troilus armed, and PANDARUS.
Pan. Will this geer ne'er be mended ?
Pan. Well, I have told you enough of this : for my part, I'll not meddle nor make no further. He, that will have a cake out of the wheat, must tarry the grinding.
Tro. Have I not tarried ?
Pan. Ay, the grinding; but you must tarry the bolting