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THE CORRECTIONS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
DR. JOHNSON, G. STEEVENS, AND OTHERS.
Time, which is contioually washing away the dissoluble Fabrics of other pčers,
All's WELL THAT ENDS WELL.] The story of All's well that ends well, or, as I suppose it to have been sometimes called, Love's Labour Wonne, is originally indeed the property of Boccace, but it came immediately to Shakespeare from Painter's Giletta of Narbon, in the First Vol. of the Palace of Pleasure, 4to. 1566, p. 88.
FARMER. Shakespeare is indebted to the novel only for a few leading circumstances in the graver parts of the piece. The comic business appears to be entirely of his own fore mation.
This comedy, I imagine, was written in 1598. See An Attempt to ascertain the Order of Shakespeare's Plays, Vol. II.