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THE WINTER'S TALE. .
INTRODUCTION, AND NOTES EXPLANATORY AND CRITICAL
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.
Rev. HENRY N. HUDSON, LL.D.
PUBLISHED BY GINN & COMPANY.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, by
HENRY N. HUDSON, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
PRESSWORK BY GINN & Co., Boston.
Date of the Composition.
N Shakespeare's time there lived in London one Simon
Forman, M.D., to whom we are indebted for our earliest notice of THE WINTER's Tale. He was rather an odd genius, I should think; being a dealer in occult science and the arts or magic, and at the same time an ardent lover of the stage ; thus symbolizing at once with the most conservative and the most progressive tendencies of the age : for, strange as it may seem, the Drama then led the van of progress; Shakespeare being even a more audacious innovator in poetry and art than Bacon was in philosophy. Be this as it may, Forman evidently took great delight in the theatre, and he kept a diary of what he witnessed there. In 1836, the manuscript of this diary was discovered in the Ashmolean Museum, and a portion of its contents published. Forman was at the Globe theatre on Wednesday, the 15th of May, 1611, and under that date he records “how Leontes King of Sicilia was overcome with jealousy of his wife with the King of Bohemia, his friend that came to see him, and how he contrived his death, and would have had his cupbearer poison him, who gave the King warning thereof, and fied with him to Bohemia. Also, how he sent to the oracle of Apollo, and the answer of Apollo was that she was guilt