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ACCORDING TO THE PLAYS, &e.
A PREFACE AND NOTES;
NUMERAL REFERENCES TCZACH SUBJECT;
A COPIOUS INDEX.
TAKE HIM FOR ALL IN ALL,
THE HEAD OF SHAKESPEARE
Prefixt to these Aphorisms, is copied from the original
Print (by Droeshout) to the Folio Editions of his Works printed in 1623 and 1632, to which was annexed the Inscription of Ben Jonson, inserted in page xxxi of the. Introduction.
An APHORIŠM is a deor, circise, detacht, and pithy Sen
tence; impressively conveying to Observation and Memory some imporiant Truth
Delivery of Opinions or Precepts by way of APHORISMS,
shews whether an Author have entered deeply into his Subject sor not : for they are ridiculous unless drawn from the central parts of Science.
Hominem Pagina nostra sapit.
R. ROWE, in his Biographical Introduction, which he has modestly call's “Some Ace count of the Life, &c. of Mr. William Shakespeare, has related an Anecdote, which, perhaps, can no where be better plac'd than at the head of this Collection of APHORISMS. He informs us, that in a Conversation between Sir John Suckling, Sir William Davenant, Endymion Porter, Mr. Hales of Eton, and Ben Jonson*, Sir John Suckling, who was a professt. Admirer of Shakespeare, had undertaken bis Defence against Ben Jonson
* I was not aware of this being the correct orthography, until it was pointed out to me by the Author of the Life of Chaucer, (Mr. Godwin) but I since find it was the spelling adopted in Mr. Capell's Life of Shakespeare, and also by Mr. Walter Scott, in his elegant Edition of Dryden's Works: just publish'a.