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teacher. With the extracts from Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, the charming narrative in Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare may be read with advantage; with the historical pieces, Holinshed and North's Plutarch. An attempt is made in the Introduction to show the dramatic significance of the sources.

Lastly, I am under the deepest obligation to Mr. Sidney Lee, and to his publishers, Messrs. Smith, Elder & Co., for permission to reproduce from the illustrated edition of Mr. Lee's Life of William Shakespeare the old sketch of the Swan Theatre which reappears as the frontispiece of this book. The original is preserved in the University Library at Utrecht, and Mr. Lee's reproduction of it is more accurate in detail than earlier presentations. What use I have made of the privilege will be seen from the Introduction; those who use this book will be grateful to the distinguished scholar who has enabled them to see the old theatre instead of merely reading about it.

P. S.

ST. OLAve's GRAMMAR SCHOOL,
TOWER BRIDGE, S.E.

December 28, 1905.

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ward IV, Part I

i. A Royal Guest (Act iii, Sc. ii)

ii. The Return Visit (Act v, Sc. v)

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