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ACCURATELY PRINTED FROM
THE TEXT OF MR, STEEVENS'S LAST EDITION,
A SELECTION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTES.
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR T. LONGMAN, B. LAW, C. DILLY, J. JOHNSON,
G. G. AND J. ROBINSON, R. BALDWIN, H. L. GARDNER,
It has been the with and the intention of the Reviser of these Volumes to effectuate an idea which the last very intelligent Editor of SHAKSPEARE predicted would some time take place.
--'To other defects of our late editions,” he says, “ may be subjoined, as not the least notorious, an exuberance of comment. Indulgence to the remarks of others, as well as partiality to our own; an ambition in each little Hercules to set up pillars, ascertaining how far he had travelled through the dreary wilds of black letter; and perhaps a reluctance or inability to decide between contradictory sentiments, have also occasioned the appearance of more annotations than were absolutely wanted, unless it be thought requisite that our author, like a Dauphin Classick, should be reduced to marginal profe for the use of children; that all his various readings (assembled by Mr. Capell) fhould be enumerated, the genealogies of all his real personages deduced ; and that as many of his plays as are founded on Roman or British history, should be attended by complete transcripts from their originals in Sir Thomas North's Plutarch, or the Chronicles of Hall and Holinshed. These faults, indeed,-si quid prodejt delicta fateri,-within half a century, (when the present race of voluminous criticks is extinct) cannot fail io he remedied by a judicious and frugal selection from the labours of us all. Nor is such an event to be deprecated even by ourselves; since we may be certain that some ivy of each individual's growth will fill adhere to the parent oak, though not enough, as at present, to hide the princely trunk, and suck the verdure out of it a.'-- It may be feared a Tempeft.