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W O R KS
SHA K SP E A RE,
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;
ORIGINAL DEDICATION AND
PLA YERS' EDITION.
The Delication of the Players. Prefired to the first are made more precious, when they are dedicated to folio, 1623.
Temples. In that name, therefore, we most humbly To the Most Noble and Incomparable Paire of Bre- consecrate to your H. H. these remaines of your
thren, William Earle of Pembroke, &c. Lord servant SHAKESPEARE; that what delight is in them Chamberlaine to the Kings Most Excellent Ma- may be ever your L. L. the reputation his, and the jesty, and Philip Earle of Montgoinery, &c. faults ours, if any be committed, by a payre so careGentleman of his Majesties Bed-chamber. “Both full to shew their gratitude both to the living, and Kuights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the dead, as is and our singular good Lords.
Your Lordshippes most bounden,
John Heminge, Right Honourable,
HENRY CONDELL. Wailst we studie to be thankful in our particular, for the many favors we have received from your L.L. The Preface of the Players. Prefi.red to the first we are falne upon the ill fortune, to mingle two the bet diverse things that can bee, feare, and rash
folio edition published in 1623. Desse; rashnesse in the enterprize, and feare of the To the great variety of Readers, saccesse. For, when we valew the places your From the most able, to him that can but spell · H. H. sustaine, we cannot but know their dignity there you are number’d. We had rather you were greater, then to descend to the reading of these tri- weigh'd. Especially, when the fate of all Bookes Bex; and, while we name them trifles, we have de- depends upon your capacities : and not of your priv'd ourselves of the defence of our Dedication. heads alone, but of your purses. Well! it is now But since your L. L. hare been pleas'd to thinke publique, and you wil stand for your priviledges we these trifles some-thing, beeretofore; and have pro- know: to read, and censure. Do so, but buy it sequuted both them, and their Authour living, with first. That doth best commend a Booke, the Sta. so much favour: we hope that (they out-living him, tioner saics. Then, how odde soever your braines and he pot having the fate, common with some, to be, or your wisedomes, make your licence the same, be exequutor to his owne writings) you will use the and spare not. Judge your sixe-pen'orth, yos. tame iodulgence toward them, you have done unto shillings worth, your five shillings worth at a tim. their parent. There is a great difference, whether or higber, so you rise to the just rates, and welcome. any booke choose his Patrones, or finde them: This But, whatever you do, Buy. Censure will not drive baih done both. For, so much were your L. L. a Trade, or make the Jacke go. And though you hikings of the severall parts, when they were acted, be a Magistrate of wit, and sit on the Stage at as before they were published, the Volume ask'd to Black-Friers, or the Cock-pit, to arraigne Playes be yours. We have but collected them, and done dailie, know, these Playes have had their triall'alan office to the dead, to procure his Orpbanes, Guar- readie, and stood out all Appeales; and do now dians; without ambition either of selfe-profit, or come forth quitted rather by a Decree of Court, fame: onely to keepe the memory of so worthy a than any purchas'd Letters of commendation. Priend, and Fellow alive, as was our SHAKESPEARE, It had bene a thing, we confesse, worthie to have by humble offer of his playes, to your most noblé bene wished, that the Author bimselfe had lived to patronage. Wherein, as we have justly observed, I have set forth, and overseen his owne writings; Do man to come neere your L. L. but with a kind But since it hath bin ordaind otherwise, and he by of religious addresse, it hath bin the height of our death departed from that right, we pray you, doe care, who are the Presenters, to make the present not envie his Friends, the office of their care and worthy of your H. H. by the perfection. But, there paine, to have collected and publish'd them; and we must also crave our abilities to be considered, so to have publish'd them, as where (before) you my Lords. We cannot go beyond our owne powers. were abus'd with divers stolne, and surreptitious Coaptry bands reach foorth milke, creame, fruites, copies, maimed and deformed by the frauds and of what they have: and many Nations (we bave stealthes of injurious impostors, that expos'd them : beard) that had not gummes and incense, obtained even those are now offer'd to your view cur’d, and their requests with a leavened Cake. It was no perfect of their limbes; and all the rest, absolute faalt to approch their Gods by what meanes they in their numbers, as he conceived thể: Who, as he could: And the most, though mea est, of things was a happie imitator of Nature, was a most gentle