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players, he adds: Yes, truft them not; for there is an upftart crow beautified with our feathers, that with his tygres head wrapt in a players hyde, fuppofes hee is as well able to bombafte out a blanke verfe as the best of you; and being an abfolute Johannes fac totum is, in his own conceit, the onely Shake-fcene in a countrey. There can be no doubt, I think, that Shake-scene alludes to Shakspeare; or that his tygres head wrapt in a players hyde, is a parodie upon the following line of York's fpeech to Margaret, Third Part of King Henry VI. A&t I. fc. iv;
"Oh tygres heart, wrapt in a woman's hide."
THE fubject ftated. The inferior parts in these three plays being of a different complexion from the inferior parts of Shakspeare's undoubted performances, a proof that they were not written originally and entirely by him, p. 223.-Mr. Malone's hypothefis. The First Part of K. Henry VI. not written by him. The Second and Third Part of King Henry VI. formed by Shakspeare on two elder plays, the one entitled The First Part of the Contention of the Two famous Houfes of Yorke and Lancaster, with the Death of the good Duke Humphrey, &c. the other, The true Tragedie of Richarde Duke of Yorke, and the Death of good King Henry the Sixt. p. 224.
THE FIRST PART OF KING HENRY VI.
The diction, verfification, and allufions, of this piece all different from the diction, verfification, and allufions of Shakspeare, and corresponding with those of the dramatifts that preceded him, p. 224-231. Date of this play fome years before 1592; p. 231. Other internal evidence (befide the diction, &c.) that this piece, was not written by Shakspeare; nor by the author of The First Part of the Contention of the Two Houfes, &c. nor by the author of The true Tragedie of Richarde Duke of Yorke, p. 231 -234. Prefumptive proof that this play was not written by Shakspeare, from its not containing any fimilarities of thought to his undisputed plays, nor of expreffion, (except in a single inftance,) and from its general paucity of rhymes, p. 234, 235.
THE SECOND AND THIRD PART OF KING HENRY VI.
I. EXTERNAL EVIDENCE. 1. The entry of The First Part of the Contention of the Two Houfes &c. at Stationers' Hall in 1594, anonymous. 2. That piece, and The true Tragedie of Richard Duke of Yorke, printed in 1600, anonymously. Shakspeare's name afterwards fraudulently affixed to these pieces, and why. The fame artifice practifed with refpect to other plays on which he had conftructed dramas, p. 235, 236. 3. These two old plays performed by Lord Pembroke's Servants, by whom Titus Andronicus, and The old Taming of a Shrew were performed, and by whom not one of Shakspeare's undifputed plays were reprefented, p. 236. 4. Reasons afligned for fuppofing Robert Greene, or George Peele, or both, the author or authors of the old plays, p. 237, 238. 5. These pieces new-modelled and re-written by Shakspeare, with great additions, which in the prefent edition are diftinguished by a peculiar mark, p. 238, 239. The mode taken by Shakspeare, p. 239-242. 6. The fraud of Pavier the