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EDITOR'S PREFACE MAN
TO THE GLOBE EDITION
IN preparing the text of this volume, we have in general followed the same rules as in the so-called Cambridge Shakespeare": rules which we adopted originally after much deliberation, and of which the soundness has been confirmed by our subsequent experience.
As however the two editions differ in plan, the one recording in footnotes all the various readings and conjectural emendations, the other giving only the text, we have in some particulars modified our rules.
For instance, in cases where the text of the earliest editions is manifestly faulty, but where it is impossible to decide with confidence which, if any, of several suggested emendations is right, we have in the “Cambridge Shakespeare " left the original reading in our text, mentioning in our notes all the proposed alterations: in this edition, we have substituted in the text the emendation which seemed most probable, or in cases of absolute equality, the earliest suggested. But the whole number of such variations between the texts of the two editions is very small.
In'this volume, whenever the original text has been corrupted in such a way as to affect the sense, no admissible emendation having been proposed, or when
BY A. BRISBANE
The world's great writers are Homer, Dante, Shakespeare. Shakespeare is greatest of the three.
The five great men in the history of humanity are Aristotle, Archimedes, Michael Angelo, Shakespeare, Beethoven.
Shakespeare is equal in genius to any of the others.
The greatest quality in the mind of man is IMAGINATION—the power to see with the spirit that which the eye does not see, to hear what is not heard by the ears, and to create that which is infinitely superior to Nature's creation.
And Shakespeare possessed probably the most powerful imagination ever born on this planet.
To know the English language you must know Shakespeare.
To know the power that has inspired the human race for three centuries, you must know Shakespeare.
Shakespeare lives as the greatest of all writers because of his imagination, and the power of comparison that made his thought shine with a clear light.
He wants his readers to feel jealousy as he feels it, and he finds this comparison :
“ I had rather be a toad, And live upon the vapour of a dungeon, Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others' uses." Macbeth learns that the Queen is dead; the only friend he could trust, is gone. Shakespeare in a few
lines tells life's emptiness. It is as brief as the candle
“She should have died hereafter;
Shakespeare knew other men better than they knew themselves. Of his wide powers the greatest was his - power to understand and express ambition.
He must express the idea that Cæsar in his stead-
If I could pray to move, prayers would move me: