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lings eight-pence, to buy him a ring; to William Reynolds, gent, twenty-six shillings eight-pence, to buy him a ring; to my godson William Walker twenty shillings in gold; to Anthony Nash", gent, twenty-six shillings eightpence; and to Mr. John Nash t twenty-six shillings eight-pence; and to my fellowes, John Hemynge f, Richard Burbage S, and Henry Cundell ||, twenty-six shillings eight-pence a-piece, to buy them rings. Item, I give, will, bequeath, and devise, unto my daughter Susanna Hall", for better enabling of her to perform this my will, and towards the performance thereof, all that capital messuage or tenement, with the appurtenances, in Stratford aforesaid, called the New Place, wherein I now dwell, and two messuages or tenements, with the appurtenances, situate, lying, and being in Henley-street, within the borough of Stratford aforesaid; and all my barns, stables, orchards, gardens, lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever, situate, lying, and being, or to be had, received, perceived, or taken, within the towns, hamlets, villages, fields, and grounds of Stratfordupon-Avon, Old Stratford, Bishopton, and Welcombe, or in any of them, in the said county of Warwick; and also all that messuage or tenement, with
1024. Isis wife, Judith Sadler, who was god-mother to Shakspeare's youngest daughter, was buried there, March 23, 1613-14. Our poet probably was god-father to their son William, who was baptized at Stratford, Feb. 5, 1597-8.”—Malone.
* “Anthony Nash was father of Mr. Thomas Nash, who married our poet's grand-daughter, Elizabeth Hall. He lived, I believe, at Welcombe, where his estate lay; and was buried at Stratford, Nov. 18, 1622.”— Malone.
+ “Mr. John Nash died at Stratford, and was buried there, Nov. 10, 1623.”— Malone.
! John Hemynge died in October, 1630.
4 Burbage died in March, 1619.
| Cundell died in December, 1627. For accounts of these three celebrated performers, see Iteed's Shakspeare, vol. iii. pp. 228.232. 245., as drawn up by Mr. Malone.
* Susanna Hall, the poet's favourite daughter, died on the 11th of July, 1649, aged 66, and was buried in Stratford church on the 16th of the same month. On her tomb-stone were formerly the following lines preserved by Dugdale : —
“Witty above her sexe, but that's not all,
Wise to salvation was good Mistriss Hall.
Something of Shakspeare was in that, but this
wholy of him with whom she's now in blisse.
Then, passenger, hast ne're a teare,
To weepe with her that wept with all:
That wept, yet set her selfe to chere
Them up with comforts cordiall.
Her love shall live, her mercy spread,
When thou hast ne're a teare to shed.”
the appurtenances, wherein one John Robinson dwelleth, situate, lying, and being, in the Blackfriars in London near the Wardrobe “; and all other my lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever; to have and to hold all and singular the said premises, with their appurtenances, unto the said Susanna Hall, for and during the term of her natural life; and after her decease to the first son of her body lawfully issuing; and to the heirs males of the body of the said first son lawfully issuing ; and for default of such issue, to the second son of her body lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said second son lawfully issuing; and for default of such heirs, to the third son of the body of the said Susanna lawfully issuing, and to the heirs males of the body of the said third son lawfully issuing ; and for default of such issue, the same so to be and remain to the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh sons of her body, lawfully issuing one after another, and to the heirs males of the bodies of the said fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh sons lawfully issuing, in such manner as it is before limited to be and remain to the first, second, and third sons of her body, and to their heirs males; and for default of such issue, the said premises to be and remain to my said niece Hall, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to my daughter Judith, and the heirs males of her body lawfully issuing; and for default of such issue, to the right heirs of me the said William Shakspeare for ever. Item, I give unto my wife t my second best bed, with the furniture. Item, I give and bequeath to my said daughter Judith my broad silver gilt bowl. All the rest of my goods, chattels, leases, plate, jewels, and houshold stuff whatsoever, after my debts and legacies paid, and my funeral expences discharged, I give, devise, and bequeath to my son-in-law, John Hall f, gent.
* This messuage or tenement was the house which was mortgaged to Henry Walker.
f The poet's wife died on the 6th of August, 1623, and was buried between her husband's grave and the north wall of the chancel. A brass plate affixed to her tomb-stone exhibits the following inscription : —
“ Ubera, tu mater, tu lac vitamq. dedisti,
Vae mihi; pro tanto munere Saxa dabo
Quam mallem, amoveat lapidem, bonus Angel' ore'
Exeat ut Christi Corpus, imago tua
Sed nil vota valent, venias cito Christe resurget,
Clausa licet tumulo mater, et astra petet.
i John Hall, M.D. died Nov. 25. 1635, aged 60. His grave-stone in Stratford church is thus inscribed : —
and my daughter Susanna his wife, whom I ordain and make executors of this my last will and testament. And I do entreat and appoint the said Thomas Russel, esqr. and Francis Collins, gent. to be overseers hereof. And do revoke all former wills, and publish this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand, the day and year first above written. By me, WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE. Witness to the publishing hereof,
Probatum fuit testamentum suprascriptum apud London, coram Magistro William Byrde, Legum Doctore, &c. vicessimo secundo die mensis Junii, Anno Domini 1616; juramento Johannis Hall unius ear. cui, &c. de bene, &c. jurat. reservata potestate, &c. Susannae Hall, alt. ea. &c. eam cum venerit, &c. petitur,
*...* The Roman Numerals refer to the Volumes; the Figures to the Pages of
ACHELEY (Thomas), a minor poet of
the age of Shakspeare, i. 676.
Acting, art of, consummately known to
Shakspeare, i. 423. Parts chiefly per-
formed by him, 424, 425.
Actors, companies of, when first licensed,
ii. 202. Placed under the superintend-
ence of the masters of the revels, 203.
Their remuneration, 204. Patronized
by the court, 205, and also by private
individuals, whose names they bore, 205,
206. Days and hours of their perform-
ance, 215, 216. Their remuneration,
Admission to the theatre, in the time of
Shakspeare, prices of, ii. 216, 217.
Adonis, beautiful address of Venus to, ii. 25,
26. See Venus and Adonis.
AEgeon, exquisite portrait of, in the Co-
medy of Errors, ii. 288.
AEschylus, striking affinity between the cele-
brated trilogy of, and Shakspeare's Mac-
beth, ii. 472, 473.
Affection (maternal), exquisite delineation
of, ii. 421. -
Affections (sympathetic), account of, i. 373,
Agate stone, supposed virtue of, i. 368.
Agnus Dei, a supposed charm against thun-
der, i. 364. -
Air, spirits of, introduced into the Tem-
pest, ii. 524.
Akenside's “Pleasures of the Imagination”
quoted, i. 321, 322.
Alchemistry, a favourite pursuit of the age
of Shakspeare, ii. 154.
Alderson (Dr.), opinion of, on the cause of
spectral visitations, ii. 405, 406. His
application of them to the character of
Ale, synonymous with merry making, i.
175. Different kinds of Ales, I76.
Leet-ale, 176. Clerk-ale, ibid. Church-
Alehouses, picture of, in Shakspeare's time,
ii. 216–218. -
Alfs, or bright and swart elves of the Scan-
dinavians, account of, ii. 308, 309.
All-Hallow-Eve, festival of, i. 341. Fires
kindled on that eve, ibid. Prayers of.
fered for the souls of the departed, 342.
Supposed influence of fairies, spirits, &c.
342–344. Spells practised on that eve,
Alliterations, in the English language, sa-
tirised by Sir Philip Sidney, i. 444.
All's Well that Ends Well, probable date of,
ii. 422. Analysis of its characters, – the
Countess of Rousillon, 423. Helen, ib.
424, 425. Remarks on the minor cha-
Passages of this drama, which are illus-
trated in this work.
Act i. scene 3., ii. 424.
Act ii. scene 1., i. 108. 175. ii. 434.
scene 2., i. 143. 159.
scene 5., ii. 434.
scene 7., ii. 434.
Act iii. scene 2., ii. 107.425.
Activ. scene 10., i. 362.
scene 12., ii. 192.
All Saints' Day, festival of, i. 341. Super-
stitious observances on its vigil, 341–
Allot (Robert), “ English Parnassus,”
i. 723. List of contributors to this col-
lection of poems, 724. Critical remarks
on the merits of his selection, ibid. 725.
Amadis of Gaul (Romance of), popularity
of, i. 545. Notice of English translations
of it, 546, 547.
Amusements of the fairies, ii. 342–345.
Amusements, national, in the age of Shak-
speare, enumerated, i. 246, 247. Ac-
count of the itinerant stage, 247–252.
The Cotswold games, 252–254. Hawk-
ing, 255. Hunting, 272. Fowling, 287.
Bird-batting, 289. Fishing, 289. Horse-
racing, 297. The Quintaine, 300. Wild-
goose chace, 304. Hurling, 305. Sho-
vel-board, 306. Shove-groat, 307.
Juvenile sports, 308—312. Amusements
of the metropolis and court, ii. 168.
Card playing, 169. Tables and dice, 171.
Dancing, 172. Bull-baiting and bear-
baiting, 176. Archery, 178. Frequent-
ing of Paul's Walk, 182. Sagacious
horses, 186. Masques and pageants, 187.
Royal progresses, 193. Dramatic per-
Anderson (James), a minor poet of the age
of Shakspeare, i. 676.
Andrewe (Thomas), a minor poet of the
age of Shakspeare, i. 676.
Angels, different orders of, i. 335. Ac-
count of the doctrine of guardian angels
prevalent in Shakspeare's time, 336. Sup-
posed number of angels, 337–339. Re-
marks on this doctrine by Bishop Hors-
ley, 339, 340. The supposed agency of
angelic spirits, as believed in Shakspeare's
time, critically analysed, ii. 399–405.
And applied to the introduction of the
spirit in Hamlet, 407—416. Superi-
ority of Shakspeare's angelic spirits over
those of all other dramatists, ancient or
modern, 417, 418.
Angling, notice of books on the art of,
i. 290, 291. Contemplations of an an-
gler, 292, 293. His qualifications de-
scribed, 294–296. Encomium on, by
Sir Henry Wotton, 297.
verses on, by Davors, 614.
Anglo-Norman romances, account of, i. 523
Animals, sagacious, in the time of Shak-
speare, notice of, ii. 186, 187.
Anneson (James), a minor poet of the age of
Shakspeare, i. 676.
Ante-suppers, when introduced, ii. 128.
Anthropophagi, supposed existence of, i.
385, 386. Allusions to by Shakspeare,
Antony and Cleopatra, date of, ii. 492.
Character and conduct of this drama,
Passages of this drama which are illus-
trated in the present work.
Act i. scene 4., i. 129.
Act ii. scene 3., i. 338.
Actiii. scene 9., i. 138.
Activ. scene 10., i. 308.
Apemantus, remarks on the character of,
ii. 451, 452.
Apes, kept as companions for the domestic
fools, ii. 146.
Aphorisms of Shakspeare, character of, i.
Apparitions, probable causes of, ii. 406.
Application of them to the character of
Arcadia of Sir Philip Sidney, critical notice
of, i. 548–552. Alluded to by Shak-
speare, 573, 574.
Archery, a favourite diversion in the age of
Shakspeare, ii. 178. The knights of
Prince Arthur's round-table, a society of
archers, instituted by Henry VIII., 179.
Encouraged in the reign of Elizabeth,
179, 180. Decline of archery, 181, 182.
Arden or Ardern family, account of, i. 3.
Shakspeare probably descended from, by
the female line, ibid.
Ardesoif (Mr.), terrific death of, i. 146.
Ariel, analysis of the character of, ii. 506.
Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, as translated by
Sir John Harington, remarks on, i. 629.
His “Supposes,” a comedy, translated by
Gascoigne, ii. 233.
Armin (Thomas), complaint of, against the
critics of his day, i. 456.