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TO

SAMUEL SIMPSON, ESQ. OF STRETFORD,

NEAR MANCHESTER,

THIS VOLUME OF EXTRACTS

FROM THE WORKS OF SHAKSPERE

IS DEDICATED

BY HIS SINCERE FRIEND

THE COMPILER.

PREFACE.

WHILST numerous selections from Shakspere have been published, it is to be feared that, for the most part, they contain many passages which it is scarcely expedient to place before youthful readers. One object of this compilation is to present a book specially adapted to the youth of both sexes for use in scholastic and family circles, which, whilst embodying the most prominent beauties, excludes everything which may be deemed objectionable by the most fastidious per

sons.

Another aim of the Compiler has been to

make the book one which it is believed cannot

fail to impart to its readers some knowledge of Shakspere's works generally; thus, extracts from every play have been included, varying in length according to its interest and popularity, and at the commencement of each play a short account of the plot or fable is given.

The communications which the Compiler has received from the principals of high-class educational establishments in various parts of the kingdom, on the desirability of imparting Shaksperean knowledge to their pupils, prove conclusively that some acquaintance with the undying works of Shakspere is by many instructors deemed a desi

deratum, if not a necessity.

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