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Morality of Shakspeare's dramas, ii. 552. Morgan (Mr.), vindicates Shakspeare from the calumnies of Voltaire, ii. 553, 554. Morley's (Thomas), Collection of Madrigals, quotations from, illustrative of Maygames, i. 165, 166. Account of his "Collections," 731-733.

Morris-dance, origin of, i. 157. Dress of the Morris-dancers, 158. Morris dances performed at Easter, i. 147. note. And especially at May-day, 158, 159. Music by which these dances were accompanied, 164, 165. Morris-dances introduced also at Whitsuntide, 175. "Morte D'Arthur," a celebrated romance, account of, i. 524. Its popularity censured by Ascham and Meres, 524, 525. Notice of its principal editions, 526, 527. Specimen of its style, 528. Furnished Spenser with many incidents, 528, 529. Allusions to it by Shakspeare, 562. Moseley (Mr.), discovers John Shakspeare's will, i. 9.

Moryson (Fynes), critical notice of his "Iti"i. 479. His character of" Ama


dis of Gaul," 546. Much Ado about Nothing, date of, ii. 430. Strictures on its general character, and on the conduct of its fable, ibid. 431. Original of the character of Dogberry in this play, 589.

Passages of this drama illustrated in the present work.

Act i. scene 1., i. 308.

scene 3., ii. 114.

Act. ii. scene 1., i. 540. 564. ii. 175. scene 3., i. 288. 472. ii. 92. Act iii. scene 1., i. 296.

scene 2., i. 573.

Act v. scene 2., i. 580. Mufflers, an article of female dress in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 95. Mulberry-tree, when planted by Shakspeare, ii. 599, 600. Cut down, ii. 584. note. Mulcaster (Richard), notice of the grammatical labours of, i. 455.

Muncaster (Richard), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 693. Munday (Anthony), notice of his Versions of " Palmerin of England," i. 547. "Palmerin d'Oliva," and " Historie of Palmendo," 548. List of his poems,


693, 694. Murdered persons, blood of, supposed to flow on the touch or approach of the murderer, i. 372, 373. Murray (David), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 694, and note. Music of the Morris-dance and May-games, i. 164, 165. Description of the music of the fairies, ii. 342, and note. Shakspeare passionately fond of music, 390. "Myrrour of Knighthood," a popular ro

mance, alluded to by Shakspeare, i. 570. Mythology of the ancients, a favourite study in the time of Elizabeth and James I., i. 449. Critical account of the fairy mythology of Shakspeare, ii. 302-337.

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Natural History, works on, translated in the time of Shakspeare, i. 485. Needlework, admirable, of the ladies, in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 146. and note, 153. Newcastle, Easter amusements at, i. 149. Newspapers, origin of, i. 506. Newton (Thomas), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 694.

Newton's "History of the Saracens," notice of, i. 476.

New-Year's Day, ceremonies observed on, i. 123. Presents usually made then, 124. Account of those made to Queen Elizabeth, 125, 126.

Nicholson (Samuel), a minor poet in the time of Shakspeare, i. 694.

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Niccols (Richard), critical notice of the poetical works of, i. 637, 638. Additions to the "Mirrour for Magistrates,' 709, 710. Nightmare, poetical description of, i. 348,

note. Supposed influence of St. Withold, against it, 347–349. Nixon (Anthony), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 694.

Noises, sudden and fearful, supposed to be forerunners of death, i. 361. Norden (John), notice of the topographical works of, i. 480, 481. And of his poetical productions, 694. Novels (Italian), account of, translated in Shakspeare's time, i. 538-544. List of those most esteemed in the 15th and 16th centuries, 544, note. Nutcrack Night, i. 341.

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Pageants, splendid, in the age of Shakspeare, account of, ii. 187-190. Allusions to them by the poet, 191–193.

Oberon, the fairy king of Shakspeare, de- Paint, used by the ladies in Shakspeare's

rivation of his name, ii. 337, note. Analysis of his character, 337-340. Ockland's EIPHNAPXIA sive Elizabetha, a school-book in Shakspeare's time, account of, i. 26.

Omens, prevalence of, in Shakspeare's time, i. 349-351. Warnings of danger or death, 351-354. Dreams, 354. Demoniacal voices, 355. Corpse, candles, and tomb-fires, 358. Fiery and meteorous exhalations, 360. Sudden noises, 361, 362.

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Ophelia, remarks on the affecting madness of, i. 589-591. And also on Hamlet's passion for her, ii. 394-396. Ordinaries, account of, in the speare, ii. 134, 135. Oriental romances, account of, i. 531538. Allusions to them by Shakspeare, 568, 569. Orthography of Shakspeare's name, i. 1720. Instances of want of uniformity in,

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time, ii. 95.

Palaces of Queen Elizabeth, account of the furniture of, ii. 111, 112.

"Palmerin d'Oliva," romance of, translated by Munday, i. 548. Alluded to by Shakspeare, 571.

"Palmerin of England," a popular romance, critical notice of, i. 547.

Palmistry, allusions to by Shakspeare, i. 363. Pancake Bell, account of, i. 143. note. Pancakes, the invariable accompaniment of Shrove-Tuesday, i. 141, 142. "Paradyse of Daynty Devises," account of the different editions of, i. 711, 712. And of the different contributors to this collection of poems, 713 715.

Paris, fashions of, imported into England, in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 94. Park (Mr.), remarks of, on the style of our elder poetry, i. 719, 720. Parish Tops, notice of, i. 312. Parker (Archbishop), a collector of curious books, i. 433.

Parkes (William), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 695. Parnassus" The Great Assizes holden. in Parnassus," &c. cited, i. 19. note. Parrot (Henry), a minor poet of the age. of Shakspeare, i. 695.

Partridge (John), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 695.

Pasche Eggs, given at Easter, i. 148. Pasquinade of Shakspeare, on Sir Thomas Lucy, i. 405, 406.

Passing Bell, supposed benefit of tolling, i. 232, 233, 234.

Passions, exquisite delineations of, in Shakspeare's dramas, ii. 546-549. "Passionate Pilgrim," a collection of Shakspeare's minor pieces, when first printed, ii. 41. Probable date of its composition, 42. An edition of this work published by Jaggard, without the poet's knowledge or consent, 43-45. Shakspeare vindicated from the charge of imposing on the public, in this edition, 45-48. Critical remarks on the Passionate Pilgrim, 49. Pastoral romances, account of, i. 548-552. Paul's (St.) Day, supposed influence of, on the weather, i. 323. and note. Paul's Walk, a fashionable lounge in St. Paul's Cathedral, during the age of Shakspeare, ii. 182-185.

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Pavin or Pavan, a fashionable dance in the time of Shakspeare, account of, ii. 173, 174.

Payne (Christopher), "Christmas Carrolles" of, i. 695.

Paynter's (William), "Pallace of Pleasure," a popular collection of romances, i. 541. Probable cause of its being discontinued, ibid. 542. Constantly referred to by Shakspeare, 542. Peacham (Henry), a minor poet in the time of Shakspeare, i. 695. Peacham's description of country-schoolmasters, i. 97, 98. Instruction on the

best mode of keeping books, and on the best scite for a library, 436, 437. And on the choice of style, 447, 448. Peacock Pies, anciently eaten at Christmas, i. 200.

Pearson (Alison), executed for supposed intercourse with fairies, ii. 318, 319. Peasantry, or Boors, character of, in the age of Elizabeth, i. 120-122. Peele (George), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 695, 696. Character of his dramatic productions, ii. 239, 240. Peend (Thomas de la), a minor poet in the age of Shakspeare, i. 696.


Peg Tankard, origin of, i. 131. note. Explanation of terms borrowed from it, ibid. Percy (Bishop), notice of his "Friar of Orders Grey," i. 579, 580. Pericles to Shakspeare, ii. 265. Percy (William), a minor poet of the of Shakspeare, i. 696.


Perdita, remarks on the character of, in the Winter's Tale, ii. 499, 500.

Peri, or benevolent fairies of the Persians, notice of, ii. 302.

Periapts, a sort of spell, supposed influence of, i. 364.

Pericles, the first of Shakspeare's plays, ii. 262. Proofs, that the greater part, if not the whole of it, was his composition,

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262, 263. 265, 266. Its omission in the first edition of his works, accounted for, 264. Its inequalities considered, 265267. In what parts his genius may be traced, 268. Examination of the minor characters, 270, 271. Of the personage of Pericles, 272, 273. Admirable scene of his recognition of Marina, 274. And of his wife Thaisa, 275. Character of Marina, examined, 276-279. Strict justice of the moral, 279. This play imitated by Milton, ibid. note. Dryden's testimony to the genuineness and priority of Pericles, 281. Internal evidences to the same effect, 282. This play probably written in the year 1590, 282, 283. Objections to its priority considered and refuted, 285, 286. Probability of Mr. Steevens's conjecture that the hero of this drama was originally named Pyrocles, after the hero of Sidney's Arcadia, 283,


Passages of this drama illustrated in the present work.

Act i. scene 2., ii. 272.
Act ii. scene 1., ii. 273.

scene 5., ii. 268, 269, notes.
Act iii. scene 2., ii. 270, 271.
scene 4., ii. 276.

Act iv, scene 1., ii. 276, 277. scene 3., ii. 278. note.

scene 6., ii. 278.

Act v. scene 1., ii. 273, 274. 279.
scene 3., ii. 275.

Periwigs, when introduced into England, ii. 93.

Petowe (Henry), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 696.

Pett (Peter), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 696.

Pewter, a costly article in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 118.

Phillip (John), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 696,

Phiston (William), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 697.

"Phoenix Nest," a collection of poems, in

the time of Elizabeth, critical notice of, i. 718-720.

of the age of Shakspeare, account of, i. 728-730.

Pictures, an article of furniture in the age Poets, list of, who were rewarded by Eng

of Shakspeare, ii. 119. Pilgrimages made to wells, 1. 393.

Pilpay, notice of the fables of, i. 533, 534. Pipe and Tabor, the ancient accompani ment of the Morris-dance and May-games, i. 164, 165.

Plautus, the Menæchmi of, the basis of Shakspeare's Comedy of Errors, ii. 286


Pits (John), the biographer, character of, i. 482.

Plague, ravages of, at Stratford, i. 24.

Plantain roots, why dug up on Midsummer Eve, i. 333.

Plat (Hugh), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 697.

Players (strolling), state of, in the sixteenth

century, i. 248-250. Difference between them and licensed performers, 250. Exhibited at country fairs, 251. Companies of players, when first licensed, ii. 202. Placed under the direction of the Master of the Revels, 203. Patronized by the court, and also by private individuals, 205, 206. The amount of their remuneration, 204. Days and hours of their performance, 215. Concluded their performances always with prayers, 222, 223. How remunerated, 223, 224.

Play-bills, notice of, in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 214, 215. Plays, number of, performed in one day, ii. 217. Amusements of the audience, prior to their commencement, 217219. Disapprobation of them how testified, 221, 222. Authors of, how rewarded, 224, 225. List of anonymous plays extant previously to the time of Shakspeare, 252, 253. Chronological list of his genuine plays, 261, 262. Observations on each, 263-534. (And see their respective titles in this Index.) Humorous remark of Mr. Steevens on the value and high price of the first edition of Shakspeare's plays, 535. note. Remarks on the spurious plays attributed to him, 536, 537.

Plough Monday, festival of, i. 136. Sports

and customs usual at that season, 137. "Poetical Rapsodie," a collection of poems

lish sovereigns, i. 514, 515. Table of English poets, classed according to the subjects of their muses, 734.

Poetry (English), notice of treatises on, during the age of Shakspeare, i. 461470. Allusions to or quotations from the poetry of the minstrels, with remarks, 574-593. State of poetry (with the exception of the drama) during the time of Shakspeare, 594. et seq. Influence of superstition, literature, and romance on poetical genius, 595, 596. Versification, economy, and sentiment of the Elizabethan poetry, 597-599. Defects in the larger poems of this period, 599-601. Biographical and critical notices of the more eminent poets, 601-674. Table of miscellaneous minor poets, exhibiting their respective degrees of excellence, mediocrity, or worthlessness, 676-707. Critical notices of the collections of poetry, and poetical miscellanies, published during this period, 708-731. Brief view of dramatic poetry from the birth of Shakspeare to the year 1590, ij. 227—


Police of London, neglected in the time of Elizabeth, ii. 165. Regulations for it, 166.

"Polimanteia," or the means to judge of the fall of a commonwealth, bibliographical notice of, ii. 49. note +.

Porta (Luigi da), the "Giuletta" of, the source of Romeo and Juliet, ii. 360— 362.

Portuguese romances, account of, i. 545—


Possessed, charm for, i. 364. Possets, prevalence of, in Shakspeare's time, i. 82.

Powder (sympathetic), marvellous effects ascribed to, i. 375, 376.

Powell (Thomas), a minor poet of the age
of Shakspeare, i. 697.
Prayer Book of Queen Elizabeth, i. 432.
Pregnant women, supposed influence of
fairies on, ii. 324.

Presents, anciently made on New-Year's
Day, i. 124. Account of those made to
Queen Elizabeth, 125, 126.
Preston (Thomas), a minor poet of the age

of Shakspeare, i. 697. Character of his Quincy (Mr. Thomas), married to Shak

dramatic pieces, ii. 236, 237. Prices of admission to the theatre, ii. 216,


Pricket (Robert), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 697. Primero, a fashionable game of cards in Shakspeare's time, how played, ii. 169. Printing, observations on the style of, in Queen Elizabeth's reign, i. 437, 438. Proctor (Thomas), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 697. Notice of his "Gorgeous Gallery of Gallant Inventions," 715-717.

Prologues, how delivered in the time of Shakspeare, ii. 219.

Prose writers of the age of Shakspeare, observations on, i. 439-447. Causes of their defects, 448. Prospero, analysis of the character of, ii,

505. 515.

Provisions, annual stock of, anciently laid in at fairs, i. 215. Prudentius, passage of, supposed to have been imitated by Shakspeare, ii. 415. Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, analysis of the character of, ii. 347. Probable source of it, 348-350. Description of his functions, 349, 350. Resemblance between Puck and the Cobali or benevolent elves of the Germans, 350. And to the Brownie of the Scotch, 351. Other functions of Puck, 352, 353.

Puppet-shows, origin of, i. 253. Purchas's "Pilgrimage," critical notice of, i. 477.

Purgatory, Popish doctrine of, ii. 415, 416. Seized and employed by Shakspeare with admirable success, 416, 417. 455, 456. Puritans' opposition to May-games, ridiculed by Shakspeare, i. 171. By Ben Jonson, 172, 173. note. And Beaumont and Fletcher, 172.

Puttenham (George), remarks of, on the corruptions of the English language, i. 441. Critical notice of his "Arte of English Poesie," 465, 466. And of his smaller poems, 697. and note.


Quarrelling reduced to a system in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 159.

speare's daughter Judith, ii. 609. Their issue, 610.

Quintaine, a rural sport in the sixteenth century, i. 300. Its origin, 301. Description of, 301–304.

"Quippes for upstart new-fangled Gentlewemen," cited and illustrated, ii. 95, 98.


Race-horses, breeds of, highly esteemed, i.


Raleigh (Sir Walter), improved the English language, i. 446, 417. Character of his "History of the World," 476. His "Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd," cited by Shakspeare, 578. Notice of his poetical pieces, 639. Remarks on them, ibid. 640. Estimate of his poetical character, 640-6-12.

Rams Laurence), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 698.

Rankins (William), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 698. Rape of Lucrece, a poem of Shakspeare's, when first printed, ii. 32. Dedicated to the Earl of Southampton, 3. Construction of its versification, 33. Probable sources whence Shakspeare derived his fable, ibid. Exquisite specimens of this poem, for their versification, descriptive, pathetic, and sublime excellences, 34— 38. Complimentary notices of this poem by contemporaries of the poet, 38-40. Notice of its principal editions, 41. Rapiers, extraordinary length of, in the age of Shakspeare, ii. 108, 109. Ravenscroft (Thomas), hunting song preserved by, i. 277.

Raynolds (John), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 698.

Reed (Mr.), his Illustrations of Shakspeare cited, passim.

Register (parochial), of Stratford-uponAvon, extracts from, i. 4. Births, Ear

riages, and deaths of Shakspeare's chilldren recorded there, 414, 415, note. Remuneration of actors and dramatic poets in the time of Shakspeare, ii. 223-223Repartees of Shakspeare and Tarketce the comedian, i. 66. Ascribed to speare and Ben Jonson, ii. 593, 7zie.

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