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DEDICATION.

Prefixed to the folio of 1623. To the most noble and incomparable pain of Brethren: William ? Earl of Pembroke, &c. Iroid Chamberlain to the King's most excellent Majesty :

% This was William Herbert, thought by some to be the “Mr. W. H.” to whom the Poet's Sonnets were inscribed, as “the only begetter of these ensuing Sonnets." Of this nobleman Lord Clar. endon writes, -" He was the most universally loved and esteemed of any man of that age. ..... And as he had a great number of friends of the best men, so no man had ever the wickedness to avow himself to be his enemy. He was a man of excellent parts, and a graceful speaker upon any subject, having a good propor. tion of learning, and a ready wit to apply it, and enlarge upon it; of a pleasant and facetious humour, and a disposition affable, generous and magnificent. ..... He lived many years about the court, before in it; and never by it. ..... After the foul fall of Somerset, he was made lord chamberlain of the king's house, more for the court's sake than his own; and the court appeared with the more lustre, because he had the government of that province. As he lived upon his own fortune, so he stood upon his own feet, without any other support than of his proper virtue and merit. ..... He was exceedingly beloved in the court, because he never desired to get that for himself, which others laboured for, but was still ready to promote the pretences of wor. thy men. ..... As his conversation was most with men of the most pregnant parts and understanding, so towards any, who needed support or encouragement, though unknown, if fairly recommended to him, he was very liberal. ..... He was master of a great fortune from his ancestors, and had a great addition by his wife, for which he paid much too dear, by taking her person into the bargain : but all served not his expense, which was only lim. ited by his great mind, and occasions to use it nobly. .... Yet his virtues and good inclinations were clouded with great infirmi. ties, which he had in 100 exorbitant a proportion. He indulged to himself the pleasures of all kinds, almost in all excesses. ..... To these he sacrificed himself, his precious time, and much of his fortune; ..... and died of an apoplexy, after a full and cheer. ful supper."

In

List of Actors prefired to the same edition.

THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

CONTAINING ALL HIS COMEDIES, HISTORIES, AND TRAGEDIES: Truly set forth, according to their first Original.'

The Names of the Principal Actors in all these Plays.

William Shakespeare. Samuel Gilburne.
Richard Burbadge. Robert Armin.
John Hemmings. William Ostler.
Augustine Phillips. Nathan Field.
William Kempt. John Underwood.
Thomas Poope. Nicholas Tooley
George Bryan.

William Ecclestone Henry Condell.

Joseph Taylor. William Slye.

Robert Benfield. Richard Cowly. Robert Goughe. John Lowine.

Richard Robinson. Samuell Crosse.

John Shancke. Alexander Cooke. John Rice.

| This heading precedes the list of the Actors in the first fou folio editions. The names here, as in all the rest of this intro ductory matter, are spelt precisely as in the original.

DEDICATION.

Prefixed to the folio of 1623. To the most noble and incomparable pair of Brethren : William ? Earl of Pembroke, &c. Lond Chamberlain to the King's most excellent Majesty :

% This was William Herbert, thought by some to be the " Mr. W. H.” to whom the Poet's Sonnets were inscribed, as “ the only begetter of these ensuing Sonnels." of this nobleman Lord Clar. endon writes, -" He was the most universally loved and esteemed of any man of that age. ..... And as he had a great number of friends of the best men, so no man had ever the wickedness to avow himself to be his enemy. He was a man of excellent parts, and a graceful speaker upon any subject, having a good proportion of learning, and a ready wit to apply it, and enlarge upon it; of a pleasant and facetious bumour, and a disposition affable, generous and magnificent. ..... He lived many years about the court, before in it; and never by it...... After the foul fall of Somerset, he was made lord chamberlain of the king's house, more for the court's sake than his own ; and the court appeared with the more lustre, becanse

ore lustre, because he had the government of that province. As he lived upon his own fortune, so he stood upon bis own feet, without any other support than of his proper virtue and merit. . .... He was exceedingly beloved in the court, because he never desired to get that for himself, which others laboured for, but was still ready to promote the pretences of worthy men. ..... As his conversation was most with men of the most pregnant parts and understanding, so towards any, who needed support or encouragement, though unknown, if fairly recommended to him, he was very liberal. . . ... He was master of a great fortune from his ancestors, and had a great addition by his wise, for which he paid much too dear, by taking her person into the bargain: but all served not his expense, which was only limited by his great mind, and occasions to use it nobly. .... Yet his virtues and good inclinations were clouded with great infirmilies, which he had in 100 exorbitant a proportion. He indulged to himself the pleasures of all kinds, almost in all excesses. . .... To these he sacrificed himself, his precious time, and much of his fortune; ..... and died of an apoplexy, after a full and cheerful supper."

And Philip : Earl of Montgomery, &c. Gentleman of his Majesty's Bed-chamber: Both Knights of the most noble Order of the Garter, and our singular good Lords.

Right-IIonourable,

Whilst we study to be thankful, in our particular, for the many favours we have received from your Lordships, we are fallen upon the ill fortune, to mingle two the most diverse things that can be, fear, and rashness; rashness in the enterprise, and fear of the success. For, when we value t'le places your Highnesses sustain, we cannot but know their dignity greater than to descend to the reading of these trifles; and, while we name them trifles, we have depriv'd ourselves of the defence of our Dedication. But, since your Lordships have been pleas'd to think these trifles something heretofore; and have prosecuted both them, and their Author living, with so much favour; we hope that — they outliving him, and he not having the fate, common with some, to be executor to his own writings - you will use the like indulgence toward them, you have done unto their parent. There is a great difference, whether any book choose his patrons, or find them: This hath done both. For, so much were your Lordships' likings of the several parts, when they were acted, as before

3 This was Philip Herbert, a younger brother of William, and succeeded to him as Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery; though as different from him as darkness from light. Southey justly pro. nounces him “ one of the meanest wretches that ever brougłt infamy upon an old and honourable name.” He afterwards became one of Cromwell's vilest footlickers; and for his servility to that faction of the Commons which abolished all the government bat themselves, and the great usurper who in turn abolished them, Mr. Hallam says: "The Earl of Pembroke, basest among the base, condescended to sit in the House of Commons as knight for the county of Berks; and was received, notwithstanding his proverbial meanness and stupidity, with such excessive honour as displayed the character of those low-minded upstarts." #

they were published the volume ask'd to be yours. We
have but collected them, and done an office to the dead, to
procure his Orphans Guardians, without ambition either
of self-profit or fame; only to keep the memory of so
worthy a Friend and Fellow alive, as was our SHAKE-
SPEARE, by humble offer of his plays to your most noble
patronage. Wherein, as we have justly observed no man
to come near your Lordships, but with a kind of religious
address, it hath been the height of our care, who are the
Presenters, to make the present worthy of your Highnesses
by the perfection. But there we must also crave our abili-
ties to be consider'd, my Lords. We cannot go beyond
our own powers. Country hands reach forth milk, cream,
fruits, or what they have; and many Nations, we have
heard, that had not gums and incense, obtained their re-
quests with a leavened Cake. It was no fault to approach
their Gods by what means they could: And the most,
though meanest, of things are made more precious, when
they are dedicated to Temples. In that name, therefore,
we most humbly consecrate to your Highnesses these
remains of your servant SHAKESPEARE; that what delight
is in them may be ever your Lordships', the reputation
his, and the faults ours, if any be committed by a pair so
careful to show their gratitude both to the living, and the
dead, as is
Your Lordships' most bounden,

John HEMINGE.
HENRI CONDELL.

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