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Is revising the Text for this Edition of Shakspere's Plays, the Editor has given due consideration to the reasonings and suggestions of later commentators, but, on full consideration, he has very rarely deemed it advisable to deviate from the readings of Malone. The punctuation throughout has been diligently corrected; and much, it is hoped, has in this particular alone been done to facilitate the comprehension of difficult passages.

On looking into the notes and prefaces of the most intelligent and careful annotators, it will be seen that they have ever found it impossible, with all their care, and with the | advantage of taking their own time, to avoid occasional mischances from this source.

In taking a respectful leave of his readers, the Editor can only hope for a candid I consideration of what little he has done; and regret, with his predecessors of greater i estimation and desert, that he has not been able, in his department, to realise that absolute

perfection which of right should characterize every attempt to increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the greatest of our Poets and literary Benefactors.

J. 0.

December, 1852.

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