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Upon a day of joy, here is a text " of joy, upon a day of joy for the King; a text. “ of a King in joy. For, fo we fee there is in “ the text a King, and hee joyful and glad.

P. 835. “ And upon these two, (namely, fas “ cisfaction to the heart and lips) there is a fela,

For these two, one would think, were able to

content any. But this sela is no sela to God; " he hath a fela; or an ela above this sela, and

this is the prævenijti of his goodness.de

“ Satisfie the lips ; petite, et dabitur, fpeak, " and speed. Satifie the heart, ave et babe, “ wish and have. Not only open thy mouth; but is

enlarge thy heart never so wide, and I will “ fill it, this is able to satisfie David, I think, " and make him fing sela, which is cheir Sucκαι πασων.

. : I come now to give an account of what I have done in the following notes;

I have with tolerable care collated the two first folio editions of 1623, and 1632. (especially the latter) with Mr. Theobald's, Sir Thomas Harmer's, and Mr. Warburton's : (whose text I have generally made use of). by which I think it will appear, that there are many alterations for the worse, in these modern editions. I have read over the works of Chaucer, Skelton, and Spenfer, and have endeavoured to point out those passages, whichShakespeare probablyborrowed from thence; and to shew what things have been copied from him by the dramatic writers who lived in, or near his own time.

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I have compared his historical plays with those biftories, from whence he certainly took them, and find him usually very exact, (some few points of chronology excepted.). The emendations which I have attempted in the text, are


query ; and I have not taken upon me dogmatically to affert any thing, without sufficient warrant for so doing.

Historical facts will certainly stand the test, especially when proper vouchers are produced in support of them.

I have generally passed over the places already noted; and where I have dissented from any of the editors, I hope I have done it with such tenderness, as not to give the least offence.

I am so far from thinking my own notes the best, that I shall with great readiness and pleasure, retract any mistakes, that are pointed out to me, in a candid and good natur'd manner.

Hard words I am far from approving let them come from what quarter foever ; let the persons be never fo much dignified or distinguish. ed; efpecially when given without the least imaginable provocation; and I should disclaim any correspondence or communication with such persons ; as I am convinced, that such prejudices generally arise from the malevolent spirit of party, and such aspersers cannot act in any case, where party is concerned, either with justice or honour.

For the man of honour must be a perfon poffelled of all those moral and intellectual per

fections, fections, which make a consummate gentleman. Though not highly descended, he must have greatness enough to raise his name : and if advanced to a high station, he will be prudent, and not vain glorious : if he is powerful, he will be as just and punctual as truth itself: generous and yet

humble, magnanimous and brave, and yet compassionate and merciful : in short, he will have such a lively sense of honour, as to scorn to do

any thing that misbecomes himself, disparages his reason, or intrenches upon religion : and is as far advanced above common, and plebeian souls, as they themselves above the brutes.

Nay, such a person will always act the Chriftian; and follow Saint Paul's rule of charity.

That thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoicetb in the truth. i. e. He will not be

apt to suspect the worst, nor to wrest any thing * to an ill construction, but to hear a false ac“ cusation disproved, and the innocent thereby $6 vindicated:such a feasonable discovery of truth, “ will certainly be a matter of rejoicing to him."

But to beg pardon for this digression. I cannot affirm with the last editor, “ that Shake

Speare was among my younger amusements : " though I own I read him now and then, to “ unbend myself from more serious application.” Nor do I think that any discredit can arise even to a clergyman, for writing notes upon ShakeSpeare ; nor will he want the authority of Saint Chryfoftom to bear him out; provided he makes no comment upon the obscene pasages, or explains innocent ones in an obscene manner: and should imagine the most learned, and celebrated profesor of divinity, (or in the modern phrafe, of the occult sciences) would not have the least ground for shame on such an account.

I am now to make my acknowledgments to, those worthy gentlemen, who afforded me their friendly, and kind assistance in this work.

And the first to whom I am indebted, is the reverend Mr. Smith of Harleston in Norfolk, the most friendly, and communicative man living, who was greatly affiftant to Sir Thomas Hanmer in his edition of Shakespeare ; as he was to me in Hudibras ; for which he has been spitefully call?d my coadjutor : but by a gentleman, whose Nander stands for nothing with every candid, and ingenuous person.

Dr. Tathwell, a learned, and ingenious pbyfician at Stamford in Lincolnshire, favoured me likewise with his aslistance.

His critical skill' in the Classicks, enabled him to point out to me feveral beauties in Sbakefpeare.

The notes of a learned and ingenious person, dead some time ago, whom I have distinguished with the title of Anonymus, (and which were communicated by a very learned friend; to whom I am under great obligations on mariy accounts) have furnished me with many emendations of the text, and meter.

A few notes were communicated by other friends, to whom (though I am not at liberty


to mention their names) I take this opportunity of making my acknowledgments.

If there is any thing in these notes, (which have cost me no small pains,) that may be of ufe to the publick, or service to the candid reader, I have my reward,

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