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Good traders in the flesh, set this in your painted
cloths. 3 As many as be here of pander's hall, Your eyes,
half out, weep out at. Pandar's fall : Or, if you cannot weep, yet give some groans, Though not for me, yet for your aching bones, Brethren, and sisters, of the hold-door trade, Some two months hence my will shall here be made: It should be now, but that my fear is this, Some galled goose of Winchester would hiss : Till then I'll sweat, and seek about for eases; And, at that time, bequeath you my diseases. [Exit.
3 Canvas hangings for rooms, painted with emblems and mottoes.
This play is more correctly written than most of Shakspeare's compositions, but it is not one of those in which cither the extent of his views or elevation of his fancy is fully displayed. As the story abounded with materials, he has ex. crted little invention ; but he has diversified his characters with great variety, and preserved them with great exactness. His vicious characters disgust, but cannot corrupt, for both Cressida and Pandarus are detested and contemned. The com mick characters seem to have been the favourites of the writer; they are of the superficial kind, 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 Caxton, which was then very popular; but the character of Thersites, of which it makes no mention, is a proof that this play was written after Chapman had published his version of Homer. Johnson.
END OF VOLUME SEVENTH.
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