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HIS FRIENDS;

OR,

" THE GOLDEN AGE" OF MERRY ENGLAND.

His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in hirn, that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world—This was a man!

JULIUS CÆSAR.

He was not of an age, but for all time.

BEN JONSON.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,
GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1838.

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PRINTED BY WILLIAM WILCOCKSON, ROLLS BUILDINGS, FETTER LANE.

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SHAKSPEARE AND HIS FRIENDS.

CHAPTER I.

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Each scene of many coloured life he drew,
Exhausted worlds and then imagined new,

JOHNSON,
-Whom she lifted up into a throne
Of high renown.

SACKVILLE,
It is the mind that maketh good or ill,
That makes a wretch, or happy, rich, or poor,
For some that have abundance at their will
Have not enough but want in greatest store,
Another that hath little asks for more,
But in that little is both rich and wise.

SPENSER.
Divine Philosophy!
Not harsh and crabbed as dull fools believe,
But musical as is Apollo's lute.

SHAKSPEARE.

Now must I make such amends to the courteous reader for keeping him away so long from the chiefest person in this my story as may hold him in good humour until he cometh to the end of the narration, for doubtless some may think Master Shakspeare hath not been well used of me, inasmuch as so much less hath lately been said of him than of others, but it be beyond all manner of con

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