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NOTE BY THE EDITOR.
In the present volume the notes on the authority of Warburton MS.' are taken from a copy of Warburton's edition of 1747 (8 vols. 8vo.) annotated by himself, and now in the possession of Mr Norman Bennett of Trinity College, Cambridge. My best thanks are due to Mr Bennett for allowing me free access to these interesting volumes; to Mr J. W. Jarvis for enabling me to trace the edition of 1718 which formerly belonged to him; and to Mr Samuel Timmins for his kindness in comparing the readings of Hughs as given by Theobald with the corresponding passages of the 1718 edition.
After the publication of the first edition of the Cambridge Shakespeare the Editors modified their views of the relation between the Quarto of 1603 and the play as it appeared in the later Quartos and in the Folios. The conclusion at which they arrived was expressed in the Preface to the Clarendon Press edition of Hamlet (1871), and is briefly as follows: ‘That there was an old play on the story of Hamlet, some portions of which are still preserved in the quarto of 1603; that about the year 1603 Shakespeare took this and began to remodel it for the stage, as he had done with other plays; that the quarto of 1603 represents the play after it had been retouched by him to a certain extent, but before his alterations were complete; and that in the quarto of 1604 we have for the first time the Hamlet of Shakespeare.' From this opinion which was carefully considered I see no reason to dissent.
W. A. W.
7 June, 1892.
Timon, a noble Athenian.
servants to Timon.
servants to Timon's creditors and to the Lords.
mistresses to Alcibiades.
Cupid and Amazons in the mask.
Other Lords, Senators, Officers, Banditti, and Attendants.
SCENE: Athens, and the neighbouring woods.
1 DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.] THE ACTORS Names, at the end of the play
in F,F,F3, prefixed to the Play in F4. See note (1).
SCENE I. Athens. A hall in Timon's house.
Enter Poet, Painter, Jeweller, Merchant, and others, at several doors.
Poet. Good day, sir.
I am glad you 're well.
Ay, that's well known: But what particular rarity? what strange, Which manifold record not matches? See, Magic of bounty ! all these spirits thy power
ACT I. SCENE I.] Actus Primus.
Good day. Pain. Good day, sir. Poet. I am...... well. I have Farmer conj. See note (11).
1 Good day,] Good day, good day, Ca
pell. Good day, good Seymour
you are Capell.
matches ? ] Pope. matches : Ff.
Hath conjured to attend. I know the merchant.
Pain. I know them both; th' other 's a jeweller.
Nay, that 's most fix'd. Mer. A most incomparable man, breathed, as it were, To an untirable and continuate goodness :
Jew. I have a jewel here-
let's see 't : for the Lord Timon, sir? Jew. If he will touch the estimate : but, for thatPoet. [Reciting to himself] 'When we for recompense have
praised the vile,
[Looking on the jewel] 'Tis a good form. Jew. And rich : here is a water, look ye.
Pain. You are rapt, sir, in some work, some dedication To the great lord. Poet.
A thing slipp'd idly from me. Our poesy is as a gum, which oozes
7 Hath...merchant.] One line in Pope.
Two in Ff. 8 th other's] ť other's Steevens. 10 A most] om. Seymour conj.
man] om. Capell.
breathed] bound Gould conj. 11, 12 goodness: He passes.] goodness. Pope (omitting He passes). good
passes- Theobald. goodness: Indeed, he passes. Seymour conj. goodness, He passes. Staun
ton. 12 passes] surpasses Jackson conj. 13 I] Look, I Steevens conj.
here—] Collier. here: Capell. heere. F F here. F,F.
Shewes it. Collier MS. 14 for...sir ?] A separate line in Pope.
16 [Reciting to himself] Repeating...
Hanmer (Warburton conj.).
vile] Pope. vild Ff.
Pope. Prose in Ff.
are...dedication] As one line, Sey.
which oozes] Johnson. goune, which uses F,F2. gown, which uses F;F4. gum which issues Pope.