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BRITISH THEATRE;

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A COLLECTION OF PLAYS,
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VOL. V.

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EV E R Y MAN IN HIS HU MOU it.

LONDON :

PRINTED FOR LONG MAN, H U RST, RE ES, AND ORM E,
PA'i F. R N OST E. R. R.O.W.

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THE ROMAN MATRON;
A HISTORICAL PLAY,

1 N F 1 VE ACTS ;
By WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE,

AS PERFORMED AT THE

THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.

PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGEI*

FROM THE PROM PT BOOK.

WITH REMA R RS

BY MRS. INCHBALD.

LONDON t

Pitt NTED FOR LONG MAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME, PATER NOSTER ROW,

sAvAGE AND EASINGWOOD, PRINTERS, LoNDON.

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This play comprehends a period of about four years; and the whole story is exactly followed, and many of the principal speeches exactly copied, from the life of Coriolanus in Plutarch.

Dr. Johnson says, “the tragedy of Coriolanus is one of the most amusing of our author's performances.” To those persons, who do not prefer a love

tale to every other dramatic subject, this opinion

must appear just; for the hero and heroine of the
drama are both so inimitably drawn, that it is impos-
sible not to feel the deepest interest in all their con-
flicts.
The vices and virtues of Coriolanus are blended,
by the poet's hand, with the nicest observance of filial
similitude, as well as of filial piety. He possesses,
in his military character, all the fire, courage, and
ambition of his mother—and, as a politician, all the
woman's vanity, and petty pride. Yet no one can be
offended with this spoiled child for his humours, as
he retains a most grateful sense of that maternal ten-
derness which inspired his thirst of fame; though it
possibly had impeded the philosophical strength of

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