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DRAMATIC POEM

CONTAINING ALSO GENERAL
REMARKS ON SOME OF THE

BEAUTIFUL PLAYS

of

SHAKSPEARE.

BY

ISSAN CHUNDER BENERJEEA

Sub-District Inspector

of

JUNQYPORE.

B E R H A M P O R E

DIANA-SINDHU PRESS.

1865,

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BABOO RAJKRISTO ROY,
Zemindar of Pergunnah Shurraleea

Cassim Bazar

Sir

I should give no offence to any

of
my

readers if I should dedicate my work to one who is universably acknowledged as one of the best men amidst the generations of the i9th Century.

Candour and openness of heart, as also an ardent passion for knowledge and love of truth, have always characterised your life, and these I assure you will exact the high esteem of all who have the honor to know you.

Nothing shall exceed my gladness to observe here that you possess that moderation in a high fortúne, and that affability of manners, which are so conspicuous through all parts of your life, & which cannot fail to be remarked by your most casual visitants, while those who cultivate

your acquaintance find in you the most agreeable companion. In short you have exhibited yourself to the world.

“As one in suffering all, who suffers nothing ;"
"A man, who fortune's buffets and rewards
“Has ta’en with equal thanks”

For my own part, Sir, familiarly connected with

you as I have been, for a long time, I have no other desire than to be able to express my gratitude to you, for the assistance which

you have promised to afford in the publication of my work ; and that I am with utmost gratitude for all your

favors.

Sir

Jungypore The 4th October

1865,

Your most obedient and

humble servant Issan Chunder Benerjeea

PREFACE.

In the early part of the past year 1862, it occurred to me that a dramatic work would be material benefit to the welfare of the public in the way of improving those youths who are not so capable as to apprehend the meanings of Shakspeare's Plays which shall always require the copiousness of explanation and the felicity of illustration from the most eminent and learned part of mankind.

With a view to render my humble services I was induced on the month of January of the year in question to undertake the composition of a work for assisting those youths who are not able to read Shakspeare, but unforeseen accidents frustrated the execution of my design and disheartened me from pursuing the object any further.

It was on the 26th August 1862 that I published

my

dramatic work on the First Part of the Life and Death of Hector and I must confess that

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