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TEXT OF THE STANDARD EDITION BY ISAAC REED;
A SELECTION OF NOTES,
FROM THE COMMENTARIES OF STEEVENS, MALONE, AND JOHNSON:
Preface by Dr. Johnson;
A GLOSSARY OF OBSOLETE WORDS.
PRINTED BY W. LEWIS, FINCH-LANE;
FOR ISAAC, TUCKEY, AND CO.,
Whilst we studie to be thankful in our particular,
are made more precious, when they are dedicated to
for the many favors we have received from your L. L. The Preface of the Players. Prefixed to the first
we are falne upon the ill fortune, to mingle two the
folio edition published in 1623. To the great variety of Readers, From the most able, to him that can but spell. there you are number'd. We had rather you were weigh'd. Especially, when the fate of all Bookes depends upon your capacities: and not of your heads alone, but of your purses. Well! it is now publique, and you wil stand for your priviledges we know: to read, and censure. Do so, but buy it first. That doth best commend a Booke, the Stationer saics. Then, how odde soever your braines be, or your wisedomes, make your licence the same, and spare not. Judge your sixe-pen'orth, you shillings worth, your five shillings worth at a tim or higher, so you rise to the just rates, and welcome. But, whatever you do, Buy. Censure will not drive a Trade, or make the Jacke go. And though you be a Magistrate of wit, and sit on the Stage at Black-Friers, or the Cock-pit, to arraigne Playes dailie, know, these Playes have had their triall ́alreadie, and stood out all Appeales; and do now come forth quitted rather by a Decree of Court, than any purchas'd Letters of commendation.
It had bene a thing, we confesse, worthie to have bene wished, that the Author himselfe had lived to have set forth, and overseen his owne writings; But since it hath bin ordain'd otherwise, and he by death departed from that right, we pray you, doe not envie his Friends, the office of their care and paine, to have collected and publish'd them; and so to have publish'd them, as where (before) you were abus'd with divers stolne, and surreptitious copies, maimed and deformed by the frauds and stealthes of injurious impostors, that expos'd them: even those are now offer'd to your view cur'd, and perfect of their limbes; and all the rest, absolute in their numbers, as he conceived the: Who, as he was a happie imitator of Nature, was a most gentle