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PLAYS AND POEMS
ONE HUNDRED and SEVENTY ILLUSTRATIONS,
FROM DESIGNS BY EMINENT ARTISTS.
A. J. VALPY, A. M.,
FELLOW OF Pembroke college, oxford.
IN FIFTEEN VOLUMES.
BELL & DALDY, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
Shakspeare pleases by his animated and masterly representations of character, by the liveliness of his descriptions, the force of his sentiments, and his possessing, beyond all writers, the natural language of passion:-beauties, which true criticism no less teaches us to place in the highest rank, than nature teaches us to feel.
Shakspeare was the first who painted moral affliction in the highest degree: the bitterness of those sufferings, of which he gives us the idea, might pass for the phantoms of imagination, if Nature did not recognize her own picture in them.
MADAME DE STAEL HOLSTEIN.