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The Sixth Edition,
Printed for 6 Kearsley, F&C Rivington, S. Walker, S. Scatchare, Lackington Allen 3C."Samilton (and Lee i Hurst.
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T no period of time has the study of SHAKSPEARE
been so universal as at present; nor is there any circumstance more honourable to the good taste of the Public to be pointed out. New editions make their appearance, and new editions are projected, with a rapidity which can only be equalled by the eagerness with which they are received. Amidst the various publications of this immortal Author, the present Selection from his works has had the honour to receive the most ample testimony in its favour, by the sale of five numerous impressions. Being again called for, the publishers have reprinted it in a larger type, with Corrections and Amendments, which they Aatter themselves will do credit to their own liberality and attention. Concerning the work itself they deem it unnecessary to add any thing to the eulogium which the rapid fale bears the best teftimony of; being convinced, in the words of their Author, that
" Age cannot wither it, nor custom stale
Its infinite variety."
P R E FACE
HE excellencies of our great Dramatic Poet are so well known, and so universally acknowledged, that it may seem unnecessary to dwell on perfections which every one confesses, and which even Envy itself has no longer the effrontery to deny. If any author is entitled to the appellation of a Universal Genius, on whom can that hourourable distinction be more readily conferred, than on him who, with the most subtle penetration, has pierced through the dark recesses of the human heart; who has painted the most beautiful scenes of nature; who has given life and action to virtue, inculcating the noblest system of morality, and animating mankind to tread those steps which lead to the happiness of individuals, and, in consequence, to the general good of the community.
Poetry too, often is considered as a mere relief, to fill up the vacancy of indolence, or to dissipate the langour of inattention; and fo feldom is it employed in effecting its noblest purposes, that the neglect of it can neither be wondered at nor condemned. It is, howA 2