University of Toronto
for the Shakespeare Association of America
San Francisco 1999
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COMEDY: comedy k. stage playe.
cmedie, (k) stage play,
Comedie: f. A Comedie; a Play, or Enterlude (that begins in dissention, or sorrow, and ends with agreement or meriment.)
COMEDY: Comedie. A play or interlude, the beginning whereof is euer full of troubles, and the end ioyfull. Among the Greekes Eupolis, Aristophanes and Cratinus, were the chiefe comicall Poets, among the Latines Plautus and Terence.
COMEDY: Comedie. A Play or Enterlude, whose beginning is full of trouble, the end thereof is mirth and ioy.
COMEDY: Comedy (comaedia) a Play or interlude. It is a kind of fable representing, as in a Mirror, the similitude of a civil and private life, begining for the most part with some troubles, but ending with Agreement or joy. These Plays are called Comaediae from , which signifies Villages, because Comaedians did go up and down the Country, acting these Comaedies in the Villages, as they passed along. Godwin. See Tragedy.
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