The interesting version of the Menaecmidi Plautus, published in 1 595 by " W. These lines are, distinctly, "comic trimeters" or " fourteeners " or " rime dogerel,* as Chaucer called this metre ; and the obvious and remarkable blunder of arranging them in three lines beyond doubt originated in the careless printing of the Folio, and has been, strangely enough, perpetuated, in most sheepish fashion, by every subsequent editor for close on two hundred years, viz.^ since the first edition of Rowe in 1709.
Public domain books belong to the public and we are merely their custodians. A devil in an everlasting garment hath him by the keek IV. No one but a trained lawyer, who is also a lifelong student of the great dramatist, for example, Mr. William Lowes Rushton, the author of Shakespeare a Lawyer and other works, who is, fortunately still with us, is really competent to discuss the subject ; and it is to be feared that in this matter Mr. In the present edition the Editor has consciously left no difficulty, either of text or explanation, unfaced ; and the views he has expressed, except of course where previous commentators are quoted, are his own. The Introduction deals with many necessary and impor- tant points, particularly as to the text, the date, the sources of the play, and Shakespeare's knowledge of Latin. I 79 ; and the arrangement in two lines of the last three lines of the play, as the latter are printed in the Folio. Copyright infringement liabili^ can be quite severe. About Google Book Search Google's mission is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful. k- First Published in 1907 PREFATORY NOTE " A CAREFUL Study of the text of Romeo and Juliet will show how little we can rely upon having the true text, as Shakespeare wrote it, in those plays for which the Folio 13 our earliest autht Mity." So wrote the Cambridge Editors in 1865, and the remark remains no less true and forcible at the present day in its applicability to The Errors as to the other plays for which the Folio is our earliest and only authority. Nevertheless, this work is expensive, so in order to keep providing tliis resource, we liave taken steps to prevent abuse by commercial parties, including placing technical restrictions on automated querying. We also ask that you: Make non-commercial use of the files We designed Google Book Search for use by individuals, and we request that you use these files for personal, non-commercial purposes. Google Book Search helps readers discover the world's books while helping authors and publishers reach new audiences. The immense importance of a correct text of Shakespeare is the Editor's justification for the effort to arrive, as nearly as may be, at the goal of a true text in this edition of The Comedy of Errors. You can search through the full text of this book on the web at | //books .google .com/I ■ ■ ^ ^^B ^^^ ■ 13 H 77. But the enormous and almost insuperable difficulties in the way of ascertaining Shakeqeare's own text can be appreciated only by the life student of his wc»'ks and of Elizabethan literature, and all allowances must in that respect be made for the defects of the present edition, defects of which the Editor is painfully consdoua At any rate he has attempted no mean standard of attainment An Editor who is incapable of advancit^ our knowledge either in the critical or ex^etical department of Shakespearian study had better hold his peace.