Hamburg Dramaturgy by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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But how is it that no one has noticed that only half this title belongs to Plautus? lled his play Glori0BU8, as he named another TnwulentUB. Miles must be the addition of some grammarian. It is true that the boaster whom Plautus portrays is a soldier, but his boasts do not only concern his position and his military deeds. He is quite as boastful on the subject of love; he vaunts himself to be not only the bravest, but also the most amiable and beautiful of men. Both call 282 LESSING'S PROSE WORKS.

It is a little too long and it is therefore generally shortened at most theatres. Whether the author would be well satisfied with all these excisions, I almost incline to doubt. We know what authors are, if we want to take from them a mere bit of padding they cry out: You touoh my life I It is true that by leaving out parts the excessive length of a play is clumsily remedied, and I do not understand how it is possible to shorten a scene without changing the whole sequence of a dialogue. But if the author does not like these foreign abbreviations, why does he not ourtail it himself, if he thinks it is worth the trouble and is not one of those persons who put children into the world and then withdraw their hands from them for ever.

LNo. US. FrenCh" I hear my readem aak? That annoys us, because we cannot read him. I seize this opportunity to remind the publio of what it seems purposely to have forgotten. We have a translation of Shakespeare. It is scarcely finished and yet seems already forgotten. Oritics have spoken ill of it. I have a mind to speak very well of it. med men, nor to defend the faults they have diBCOvered, but because I believe there is no need to make so much ad,{) about these faults. The undertaking waa a diffioult one, and any other person than Herr Wieland would have made other slips in their haate, or have paSBed over more p888ages from ignorance or laziness and what parts he has done well few will do better.

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