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insisture, defacinaté, dividable." Avd'in
the next act: past - proportion, unrespective, ** propugnation, self-assumption, selfadmission, - assubjugate, kingdom'd, &c. .
TYRWHITT, P. 25n, 1. 29. Till then I'll sweat, 1 i, ca adopt the regimen then used for curing what Pistol calls “ The malady of France.?" STEEVENS,
P. 250, last 1. This play iş more correctly written than most of Shakspeare's compositions, but it is not one of those in which either the extent of his views' or elevation of his faucy is fully displayed. As the story abounded with inaterials he has exerted little invention; but he has diversified his characters with great variety and preserved them with great exactness.
His vicious characters, disgust, but cannot corrupti
for both Cressida and Pandarus are detested aud contemped, The, comiek characters seem to bave been the favourites, of the writer; they are of the superficial kiud, and exhibit more of manners than nature ; but they are copiously filled and powerfully impressed. Shakspeare' has in his story, followed, for the greater part, the old book of Caxtou, wich war theo very popular; but the character of Thersites, of which it inakos do mention, is a proof that this play was written after Chapman þad published his version of Homer, Johnson,
The first seven books of Chapman's Homer were published in the year 1596, and again in 2598. They were dedicated as follows; to the most honoured now living instance of the Achilleian virtues eternized by divine Homere, - the Earle of Essexe, Earl Marshall, &c, aud 454 NOTES TO TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. 1
an anonymous Interlude, called TAERSYTES his Humours and Conceita, had, been published in 1598.. Puttenhamn also, in his Arte of English Poesy, 1589, p. 35, makes mention of “ Thersites the glorious noddie,” &c. STEEVENS.
The interlude of Thersites was, I believe, pnblished long before 1598. Tbat date was one of the numerons forgeries of Chetwood the Promp
as well as the addition to the title of the piece,
“Thersites his Humours and Conceits," for no such words are found in the catalogue published in 1671, by Kirkman, who appears to have seen it. MALONE,
END OF THE THIRTEENTH VOLUME.