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PHILLIPS, SAMPSON, SPORT,

THE

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LIFE AND BEAUTIES

COMPRISING

CAREFUL SELECTIONS FROM EACH PLAY;

GENERAL INDEX,
DIGESTING THEM UNDER PROPÉRHEADS.

REV. WILLIAM DOLD, D'D.

ILLUSTRATED.

BOSTON:

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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

409221

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1908

PREFACE.

Isanslør from Circ. Dept. (Wastingowy PT zeama WL 10 WIB

I SHALL not attempt any labored encomiums on Shakspeare, or endeavour to set forth nis perfections, at a time when such universal and just applause is said him, and when every lui.gue is big with his boundless fanie. he nimseli tells us,

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the icc, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heav'n to garnish,

Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
And wasieful and ridiculous indeed it would be, to say any
thing in his praise, when prestuting ine world with such a
collection of BEAUTies as perhaps is no where to be met
with, and, I may very sately affirm, cannot be parallelee from
the productions of any other single author, ancient or modern
There is scarcely a topic, con ngon with other writers, on which
he has not excelled them all; there are inany nebiy: peciliar to
himself, where he shines unrivalled,"anid, like the eagle, roper
est emblem of his daring genius, spars, beyond the common
reach, and gazes undazzlea on the san. Hisilights are soft times
so bold, frigid criticism almost dares ide disapprove them anu
those narrow miads which are incapable of elevating their wicas
to the sublimity of their author's, are williág to bring them town
to a level with their own. Hence many siec.passages have been
condemned in Shakspeare, as rant and fustian, intolerabie son.
oasi, aud turgid nonsense, which, if read' with the least glewat
the sane imagination that warmed the writer's bosom, w uld
blaze in the robes of sublimity, and obtain the commendation of
a Longinus. And, unless some of the same spirit that elevated ho
poet, elevate the reader too, he must not presume to talk of t.ste
and elegance; he will prove a languid reader, an indiffer nu
judge, and a far more indifferent critic and commentator.

It is some time since I first proposed publishing this collechi n; for Saakspeare was ever, of all modern authors, my chief favor ite; and during my relaxations from my more severe and nec ssary studies at college, I never omitted to read and indulg?mys i in the rapturous flights of this delightful and sweetest child of fancy: and when my imagination has been heated by the glow.. ardour of his uncommon fire, have never failed to lament, that is

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