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Wlars CSE from the most regret edition

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SHAKE SPEARE

PERTH

Printed by R. Morrirenkremom Re Morrison b-Son Bockrellery

HONERO POBLIC LIBRARY

ABTOA, LENOX THE FOUNDATIONS

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OF THE

LIFE, &C. .

OF

WILL. SHAKESPEARE.

WRITTEN BY Mx ROWE.

11 T seems to be a kind of respect due to the memo

ry of excellent men, especially of those whom their wit and learning have made famous, 'to deliver some account of themselves, as well as their works, to posterity. For this reason, how fond do we fee fome people of discovering any little perfonal story of the great men of antiquity! their families, the common incidents of their lives, and even their shape, make, and features, have been the subject of critical inquiries. How trifling foever this curiclity may seem to be, it is certainly very natural ; and we are hardly satisfied with an account of any remarkable person, till we have heard him described even to the very clothes he wears. As for what relates to men of letters, the knowledge of an author may sometimes conduce to the better understanding his book; and though the works of Mr Shakespeare may seem to many not to want a

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