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ON THE

WRITINGS AND GENIUS

OF

SH A KES P E A R,

COMPARED WITH THE

GREEK AND FRENCH Dramatic Poets.

WITH
SOME REMARKS

Upon the MisrEPRESENTATIONS of

Mons. de VOLTA I R E.

Au Trizuhel Montagna.
THE THIRD EDITION.

LON D.ON,
Printed by H. Hughs, near Lincoln's-Inn-Fields ;
For EDWARD and Charles Dilly, in the Poultry,

M.DCC.LXXII.

CON TE N T S.

Page 1.

INTRODUCTION.

On Dramatic Poetry.
On the Historical Drama.
The First Part of Henry IV.
The Second Part of Henry IV.
On the Præternatural Beings.
The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Upon the Cinna of Corneille.
Upon the Death of Julius Cæfar.

P. 89. P.11. P. 133.

P. 207.
P. 245.

INTRODUCTION.

M R . Pope, in the preface to his edition IV of Shakespear, sets out with declaring, that, of all English poets, this author offers , the fullest and fairest subject for criticism. Animated by an opinion of such authority, some of the most learned and ingenious, of our critics have made correct editions of his works, and enriched them with notes. The fuperiority of talents and learning, which I acknowledge in these editors, leaves me no room to entertain the vain presumption of attempting to correct any passages of this cea lebrated Author; but the whole, as correcte ed and elucidated by Them, lies open to a thorough enquiry into the genius of our great English classic. Unprejudiced and candid Judgment will be the surest basis of his fame.

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