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I have compared his biftorical plays with thiofe biftories, from whence he certainly cook, shem, and find him usually very exact, (fome few points of chronology excepted.). The emendations which I have attempted in the texts are put in the way of query; and I have not taken upon me dogmatically to affert any thing, withipuc fufficient warrant for fo doing. The si
Historical fasts will certainly stand the test, especially when proper vouchers are produced in fupport of them. Son 1013*3!
I have generally passed over the places already noted ; and where I have diffented from any of the editors, I hope I have done it with such tenderness, as not to give the least offence.
I am fo far from thinking my own notes the best, chat I shall with great readiness and pleafure, retract any mistakes, chat are pointed out to me, in a candid and good natur'd manner: sri Hard words I am far from approving let them come from what quarter) foever ; let the persons be never fo much dignified or diftinguisbed; especially when given without the least imaginable provocations and I fauld disclaim any correspondence or communication with such -persons as I am convinced, that fuch prejudices generally arise from the malevolent fpirit of parly and such afperfers cannot act in any cafe, «Where party is concerned, either with justice, or honour., PRIJE
L'w pa" For the man of honour must be a perfon porfelled of all those moral and intellectual per
festions, which make a consummate gentleman. Though not highly defcended, he must have vgreatness enough to raise his hame'r and if ad-vanced to a highh Itation; he will be prudent, sand not vain glorious :- if he is powerful, he will belas juft 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 fcorn to do any thing that misbecomes himself, disparages his reason, or intrenches upon religion :
and is as far advanced above comimon, and plebeian souls, as they themfelves above the brutes. -733Nay, such a person will always act the Chriftian; and follow-Saint Paul's rule of charity: Pils That thinkethi ne evil, rejoiceth-not-in iniquity,
bút rejoicetb in the truth. i e. He will not be 398 apt to fufpect the worst, nor to wrest any thing
to an ill conftruction, but to hear a false ac*** cusation disproved, and the innocent thereby sds vindicated such a seasonable discoveryoftruth, - will certainly be a matter of rejoicing to him.” - 3! But to beg pardon for this digreffion. I
cannot affirm with the last editor, " that Sbakeslots speare was among my younger amusements : - though I own I read him now and then, to 156 unbend myself from more serious application.”
Nor do I think that any discredit can arise even 740 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 exno
plains innocent ones in an obscene manners and should imagine the most learried, and celea brated profesor of divinity, (or in the modern phrase, of the cocult fciences) would not have the least ground for shame on such an accounts
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 assistant to Sir Thomas Hanmer in his edition of Shakespeare ; as he was to me in Hudibras ; for which he has been spitefully calld my coadjutor : but by a gentleman, whose fander stands for nothing with every candid, and ingenuous person.
Dr. Tathwell, a learned, and ingenious physician at Stamford in Lincolnshire, favoured me likewise with his affiftance.
His critical skill in the Clasicks, enabled him to point out to me several beauties in Shakespeare.
The notes of a learned and ingenious person, dead some time ago, whom I have diftinguishcd with the title of Anonymus, (and which were communicated by a very learned friend, to whom I am under great obligations on many 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. n. 1
* 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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Pag 38. line 10. read conference. 1. penult, curiofus. p. 44. I.
20. 1. Hieronymo. p. 46. I. 18. 1. Puck's. p. 49. I. 16. r. Puck. P: 52. 1. 8. 5. tears. p. 58.1. 8. dele tame. p. 64. 1. ult. add, “That we should read, all may to Arbens. p. 71. 1. 2. 1. riot. p. 75. I. ult. r. probably. p. 87.1.18 7. Dutch. p.90.1. 15. del. Id. ib. p. 103. 1. 18. 1. cxempted. p. 104.1. 9. r. I. p. 118. I. 22. r. 97. 119. 1. 4. del. gentul, and all the parenthefis. p. 122. 1. 12. del. sbou. p. 171. 1. ult. r. Pancirolli. p. 187. 1. 2. r. Varenius. p. 212. 1. 4. del. to her. 312 l. 26. auro. p. 332. I. 15. 1. Glareanus. p. 367.1. 23. r. Sullen's,