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authority, that this play was touched in different parts by Shakefpeare, but written by fome other poet. I do not find Shakespeare's touches very difcernible. JOHNSON.
It may not be amifs to remark, that this tragedy, which (fetting afide the feebleness of compofition) would be regarded as too bloody on the modern ftage, appears to have been highly relished. in 1686, when it was revived with alterations by Ravenscroft. Inftead of diminishing any of its horrors, he feized every opportu nity of making large additions of them, infomuch that when Tamora ftabs her child, the Moor utters the following lines:
She has out-done me, ev'n in mine own art,
Out-done me in murder
END OF VOLUME THE EIGHTH.
turned his genius to ftage-writing before he affor players, and became one of their body. Howev wards introduced it a-new on the stage, with own masterly touches, is inconteftible, and grew his title to it. The diction in gene taken the pains to raise it, is even benea of Henry VI. The story we are to fur dronicus is a fur-name of pure Greel ther mentioned by Ammianus Marc can find. Nor had Rome, in th with the Goths that I know of. empire, I mean to Byzantium at Rome, and Saturninus i