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This is to distinguish rightly between Horror and Fer
The latter is a proper passion of Tragedy, but the former ought always to be carefully avoided. And certainly no dramatick Writer ever fucceeded better in raising Terror in the minds of an audience than Shakespear has done. The whole Tragedy of Macbeth, but more efpecially the scene where the King is murder!d, in the second act, as well as this Play, is a noble proof of that manly spirit with which he writ; and both shew how powerful he was, in giving the strongest motions to our souls that they are capable of. I cannot leave Hamlet, without taking notice of the advantage with which we have seen this Master-piece of Shakespear distinguish itself upon the stage, by Mr. Betterton's fine performance of that part. A man, who tho' he had no other good qualities, as he has a great many, must have made his way into the esteem of all men of letters, by this only excellency. No man is better acquainted with Shakespear's manner of expression, and indeed he has study'd him so well, and is so much a master of him, that whatever part of his he performs, he does it as if it had been written on purpose for him, and that the Author had exactly coneeiv'd it as he plays it. I must own a particuları obligation to him, for the most considerable part of the paffages relating to this life, which I have here transmitted to the publick ; his - veneration for the memory of Shakespear having engaged him to make a journey into Warwickshire, on purpose to gather up what remains he could, of a name for which he had fo great-a veneration
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The following Instrument was transmit
ted to us by John Anstis, Elg; Garter King at Arms : It is mark'd, G. 13. P: 349.
[There is also a Manuscript in the Heralds
Office, mark'd W. 2. p. 276; where notice is taken of this Coat, and that the Perfon to whom it was granted, had born Magistracy atStratford upon Avon.]
O all and singular Noble and Gentlemen of all
Estates and Degrees, bearing Arms, to whom these Presents Thall come; William Dethick, Garter Principal King of Arms of England, and William Camden, alias Clarencieulx, King of Arms for the South, East, and West Parts of this Realm, fend Greetings. Know ye, that in all Nations and Kingdoms the Record and Remembrance of the valiant Facts and virtuous Dispositions of worthy Men have been made known and divulged by certain Shields of Arms and tokens of Chivalrie; the Grant or Testimony whereof apperteineth unto us, by virtue of our offices from the Queen's moft Excellent Majesty, and her Highness's most noble and victorious Progenitors: Wherefore being sollicited, and by credible Report informed, that John Shakespere, now of Stratford upon Avon in the County of Warwick, Gentleman, whose Great Grandfather for his faithful and approved Service to the late most prudent Prince, King Henry VII. of famous Memory, was advanced and rewarded with Lands and Tenements, given to him in thofe Parts of Warwickshire, where they have continued by fome Descents in good Reputation and Credit ; And for that the said John Shakespere having married the Daughter and one of the Heirs of Robert Arden of Vol. 1.
Wellingcote in the said County, and also produced this his ancient Coat of Arms, heretofore assigned to him whilft he was her Majesty's Officer and Bailiff of that Town. In confideration of the Premises, and for the Encouragement of his Pofterity, unto whom such Blazon of Arms and Archievements of Inheritance from their faid Mother, by the ancient Custom and Laws of Arms, may lawfully descend ; We the said Garter and Clarencieulx have assigned, granted, and confirmed, and by these Presents exemplified unto the faid John Shakespere, and to his Pofterity, that Shield and Coat of Arms, viz. In a Field of Gold upon a Bend Sables a Spear of the first, the Point upward, headed Argent; and for his Crest or Cognisance, A Falcon, Or, with his 1Vings displayed, standing on a Wreathe of bis Colours, supporting a Spear armed headed, or peeled Silver, fixed upon an Helmet with Mantles and Talsels, as more plainly may appear depicted in this Mar gent; And we have likewise impaled the fame with the ancient Arms of the said Arden of Wellingcote; signi, fying chereby, that it may and shall be lawful for the said John Shakespere, Gent. to bear and use the same Shield of Arms, single or impaled, as aforesaid, during his natural Life, and that it shall be lawful for his Children, Iflue, and Pofterity, lawfully begotten, to bear, use, and quarter, and shew forth the fame, with their due Differences, in all lawful warlike Featš and civil Use or Exercises, according to the Laws of Arms, and Custom that to Gentlemen belongeth, without Leț or Interruption of any Person or Persons, for use or bearing the fame, In Witness and Testimony whereof we have subscribed our Names, and faftned the Seals of our Offices. Given at the Office of Arms, London, the Day of in the Forty second Year of the Reign of our most Gracious Sove reign Lady Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. 1599.
o draw na envy (Shakespear) on tby Name,
Am I thus ample to thy Book, and Fame: While I confess thy writings to be such, As neither Man, nor Muse can praise too much, 'Tis true, and all mens suffrage. But these wayes Were not the paths I meant unto thy praise : For feeliest Ignorance on these may light, Which, when it sounds at best, but ecchoes right Or blind Affection, which doth ne'er advance The truth, but gropes, and urgeth all by chance ; Or crafty Malice might pretend this praise, And think to ruine, where it seem'd to raise. These are, as some infamous Baud, or Whore, Should praise a Matron. What could hurt her more? But thou art proof against them, and indeed 'Above th' ill fortune of them, or the need. I therefore will begin, Soul of the Age! The applause ! delight ! the wonder of our Stage ! My Shakespear rife; I will not lodge thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lye A little further, to make thee a room : Thou art à Monument without a Tomb, And art alive still, while thy Book doth live, And we have wits to read, and praise to give. That I not mix thee so, my brain excuses ; I mean with great, but disproportion X Muses: For if I thought my judgment were of years, I pould commit thee surely with thy Peers,
And tell how far thou didst our Lily out-fhine, ?10