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King Richard the Second

By Shakespeare

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: King Richard the Second  
Author: Shakespeare
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Shakespeare Index, First Folio
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Internet Sacred Text Archive (ISTA)


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Description: To the best of my judgment, the internal evidence of style, the abundance of rhymes, the frequent passages of elaborate verbal trifling, the smoothflowing current of the verse, and the comparative uncompactness of texture, make strongly in favour of as early a date as 1594, when the author was thirty years old. In all these respects, a comparison of the play with the First Part of King Henry the Fourth, which could not have been written later than 1597, will, I think, satisfy almost any one that there must have been an interval of several years between the two. And we have another sort of argument which, it seems to me, carries no little force towards the same conclusion. The first four Books of Daniel s History of the Civil Wars, three of which are wholly occupied with the closing passages of Richard sgovernment and life, were originally published in 1595. Samuel Daniel was a star, not indeed of the first magnitude, nor perhaps of the second, but yet a star in that matchless constellation of genius contemporary with Elizabeth and James which has since made England the brightness of the whole Earth. As he was himself a writer of plays, and an aspirant for dramatic honours, it is hardly to be supposed that he would be away from the theatre when th applause, delight, the wonder of our stage was making the place glorious with his Delphic lines. The poem and the play have several passages so similar in thought and language as to argue that one of the authors must have drawn from the other. This, to be sure, will of itself conclude nothing as to which way the obligation ran. But there is another sort of resemblance much more to the point.


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