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The
BEAUTIES

Shakespeare
Selected from his

PLAYS and POEMS.

He was a Man, take him for all in all,
look upon his like agains.

We shall

not

Printed for G. Kearsley, at N. 46, in Flect Street -1783.

Price Half a Crown Sewed.

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PRE FACE.

THE excellencies of our great Dramatic Poet

are fo well known, and fo univerfally acknowledged, that it may feem unneceffary to dwell on perfections which every one confeffes, and which even Envy itself has no longer the effrontery to deny. If any author is entitled to the appellation of a Univerfal Genius, on whom can that honourable diftinction be more readily conferred, than on him, who, with the most fubtle penetration, has pierced through the dark developements of the human heart; who has painted the most beautiful scenes of Nature; who has given life and action to Virtue inculcating the nobleft fyftem of morality, and animating mankind to tread thofe fteps which lead to the happiness of individuals, and, in confequence, to the general good of the Community?.

Poetry too often is confidered as a mere relief, to fill up the vacancy of indolence, or to diffipate the languor of diffipation; and fo feldom is it employed in effecting its nobleft purposes, that the neglect of it can neither be wondered at, nor condemned. It is, however, calculated to anfwer ends more important than the gratification of idlenefs: the purpofes of amufement are, and ought to be, only its fecondary confiderations. It has, for its ultimate object, the intereft and welfare of fociety; and, if properly directed, may be made inftrumental in enlarging the mind, extending the views; and, by fupplying materials for reflection, imperceptibly leads mankind to the knowledge and practice of virtue.

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