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SIR T. HANMER's

PRE FACE.

What the publick is here to expect is a true and correct edition of Shakspere's works, cleared from the corruptions with which they have hitherto abounded. One of the great admirers of this incomparable author hath made it the amusement of his leisure hours for many years past to look over his writings with a care. ful eye, to note the obscurities and absurdities introduced into the text, and, according to the best of his judgment, to restore the genuine sense and purity of it. In this he proposed nothing to himself, but his private satisfaction in making his own copy as perfect as he could ; but, as the emendations multiplied upon his hands, other gentlemen, equally fond of the author, desired to see them, and some were so kind as to give their assistance, by communicating their observations and conjectures upon difficult passages which had occurred to them. Thus, by degrees, the work growing more considerable than was at first expected, they who had the opportunity of looking into it, too partial perhaps in their judgment, thought

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