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Mr. WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR.
The Seventh VOLUME.
To which is Prefix'd,
An ES SAT on the Art, Rise, and PROGRESS of
the STAGE, in Greece, Rome, and England.
The Whole Revis’d and Corrected, with a P R E FACE,
By Dr. SEWELL.
LON DO N;
Printed by J. DARBY, for A. BetteS WORTH, F. FAYR A M,
W. MEARS, J. PEMBERTON, J. HOOKE, C. RIVINGTON,
SHOULD not have dared to ap
Hand than SHAKESPEAR; the dead Ornament of the English Nation,
being the most proper Present to its Living Glory. He, My LORD, has shared the Fate common to every great Genius, receiving very
ill Returns for all his Beauties and Benefits; in amends for which, my prefent Endeavour is to wipe off the Duft of Age, Error and Ignorance, and screen his valuable Remains under Your Lordship’s Protection.
YOUR Lordship knowing his Excellencies, can happily compare them with the Antients, and have thereby a peculiar Right to this Offering. That Nurse of Arts and Sciences, that Builder and Refiner of Mankind, (with what Pride I say our common Mother, Eron!) has furnished you with a true Taste of Letters; fo that tho SHAKESPEAR might fear You, as a Judge, yet he now prides himself in courting You, as a Patron.
IN Your Travels, Your Name, the best Harbinger, prepared for You at every Court a Reception fuitable to the Son of Mr. WALPOLE. You was then the Representative of the English Genius Abroad, difplaying that Probity, Integrity, and Openness of Soul, that distinguishes this Nation from all others.
IN the Situation You are now in, My LORD, You have nothing to do but to imitate the Great
Pattern before You, to the Joy of Your Friends, and
Te pater Æneas & Avunculus excitat Hector.
Your Lordship's most obedient