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witnessed the most painful effects from it in the unweighed expressions of young persons suddenly introduced into society; and therefore, I repeat, unless you are aware of anything in the text of Shakspeare that must be kept not only out of hearing, but, if possible, out of knowledge, 1 desire that the whole text may be placed unreservedly in my daughters' hands.”
I shall presume, then, that the persons into whose hands these my Readings fall, are in possession, or will in proper time be put in possession, of Shakspeare entire; and my apology for them is, that they are selected and adapted as exercises for the voice, (may I not add, for the heart and understanding also, and the formation of a healthy taste in poetry ?) to be used as auxiliary to, not in place of, the full, unmutilated text.—In this volume, the selections are only from the histories; but a second volume is in contemplation, with selections illustrative of character from the tragedies and comedies. 55, Connaught Terrace,
Hyde Park, 1839
READINGS FROM KING JOHN.
READINGS FROM RICHARD II.
The Murder of Thomas Duke of Gloucester at the instigation
The events of the latter years of Henry IV.; the reformation
READINGS FROM HENRY V.
READINGS FROM HENRY VI.; SECOND PART.
Jack Cade's rebellion, and the dawning of the times of civil
READINGS FROM HENRY VI.; THIRD PART.