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THE

WISDOM AND GENIUS

OF

SHAKSPEARE.

“We are apt to consider Shakspeare only as a Poet, but he was certainly one of the greatest moral philosophers that ever lived."

Mrs. Montague.

“ He was a man, take him for all in all,
We shall not look upon his like again."

36--. 2.

THE

WISDOM AND GENIUS

SHAKSPEARE;

COMPRISING

MORAL PHILOSOPHY-DELINEATIONS OF CHARACTER-

PAINTINGS OF NATURE AND THE PASSIONS-SEVEN
HUNDRED APHORISMS AND MISCELLANEOUS PIECES:

WITH

Select and original Notes, and Scriptural References :

THE WHOLE MAKING A TEXT BOOK FOR THE $ .
PHILOSOPHER, MORALIST, STATESMAN, POET, AND PAINTER.

BY THE
REV. THOMAS PRICE,
Chapiain in Her Majesty's Convict Establishment at Woolwich.

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LONDON:
SCOTT, WEBSTER, AND GEARY,

CHARTERHOUSE SQUARE.

1838.

Malone 6D716.154

LONDON : PRINTED BY A. SWEETING, 15, BARTLFIT'S BUILDINGS.

PRE FACE.

Many works consisting of compilations from the writings of SHAKSPEARE have already appeared under different forms, but I am not aware that any thing has ever been attempted on the plan of the work now presented to the public. My principal object has been to exhibit the Wisdom and Genius of our author, as these are reflected in his lucid pages, which have been justly characterized 'the richest, the purest, the fairest, which genius uninspired ever laid open.'*

The first Section contains the Morals of Shakspeare, which are very numerous and of an exalted character. There is more moral knowledge contained in a few lines, or a sentence of our author, than is to be found in a whole chapter of those works which treat expressly of Moral science. There is one thing worthy of special observation in the Morals of Shakspeare, which presents his character in a very interesting light; I refer to the strong tincture which they have of Divine truth, affording evidence of his mind having been deeply imbued with the pure morality of the Gospel. This highly interesting feature

* Times Newspaper, Dec. 14, 1837.

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