In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

The concluding speeches of Love's Labor's Lost present a puzzle, for neither the 1598 Quarto nor the 1623 Folio indicates speech prefixes for the songs of Spring and Winter. And since we do not know the identity of the speakers, or singers, we also do not know what the actors looked like. Were they represented on Shakespeare's stage as male or female? Young or old? How were they costumed? And what hand props may they have brought onto stage?