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O N T a E
WRITINGS And GENIUS

O F

SHAKE SPEAR,

COMPARED WITH THE

GREEK And FRENCH Dramatic Poets.

WITH

SOME REMARKS

Upon the Misrepresentations of

Mons de VOLT Al RE.

LONDON:
Printed for J. Dodsley, Pall-mall; Mess. Baker and
Leigh, York-street, Covent-garden; J. Walter,
Charing-cross; T. Cadeli, in the Strand; and
J. Wilkie, N° 71. St. Paufs Church-yard.

M.DCC.LXIX.

f Page 25. to 51. Dele On the Drama.

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P. 27. L. 17. For Odysly, read Qdysiey.

P. 39. L. 18. For Phorbus, rWPhorbas.

P. 73. L. 19. For Lusitcanians, rai Lufitanians.

P. III. L. 12. Or a valiant, dele or.

P. 157. L. 14. far Promotheus, read Prometheus.

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INTRODUCTION.

MR. Pope, in the preface to his edition of Shakespear, sets out by declaring, that, of all English poets, this tragedian offers the fullest: and fairest subject for criticism. Animated by an opinion of such authority, some of the most learned and ingenious of our critics have made correct editions of his works, and enriched them with notes. The superiority of talents and learning, which I acknowledge in these editors, leaves me no room ta entertain the vain presumption of attempting to correct any passages of this celebrated author; but the whole, as corrected and elucidated by them, lies open to a thorough enquiry into the genius of our great English classic. Unprejudiced and candid judgment will be the surest bans of A his

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