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THE

BEAUTIES

OF

SHAKS P E A RE,

REGULARLY

SELECTED FROM EACH PLAY.

WITH A

GENERAL INDEX,

DIGESTING THEM UNDER PROPER HEADS,

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THE

Beauties

OF

SHAKSPEARE.
William Shakespeare

BY THE LATE

REV. WILLIAM DODD, LL.J).

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From the Chiswick Press,

BY C. WHITTINGHAM.
SOLD BY R. JENNINGS, POULTRY; T. TEGG, CHEAPSIDE-
A, K. NEWMAN AND CO. LEADENHALL STREET; LONDONI.

J. SUTHERLAND, EDINBURGH ;
AND RICHARD GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW.

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1821.

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SHALL not attempt any laboured encomiums on Shakspeare, or endeavour to set forth his perfections, at a time when such universal and just applause is paid him, and when every tongue is big with his boundless fame. He himself tells us,

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of beav'n to garnish,

Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. And wasteful and ridiculous indeed it would be, to say any thing in his praise, when presenting the world with such a collection of BEAUTIES as perhaps is no where to be met with, and, I may very safely affirm, cannot be paralleled from the produce tions of any other single author, ancient or modern. There is scarcely a topic, common with other writers, on which he has not excelled them all; . there are many nobly peculiar to himself, where he shines unrivaled, and, like the eagle, properest emblem of his daring genius, soars beyond the common reach, and gazes undazzled on the sun. His flights are sometimes so bold, frigid criticism almost dares to disapprove them; and those narrow minds, which are incapable of elevating their ideas to the sublimity of their anthor's, are willing to bring them down to a level with their own. Hence many fine passages have been condemned in Shaks. peare, as rant, and fustian, intolerable bombast,

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