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ACCORDING TO THE PLAYS, &e.
A PREFACE AND NOTES;
NUMERAL REFERENCES TCZACH SUBJECT;
A COPIOUS INDEX.
TAKE HIM FOR ALL IN ALL,
THE HEAD OF SHAKESPEARE Prefixt to these Aphorisms, is copied from the original
Print (by Droeshout) to the Folio Editions of his Works printed in 1623 and 1632, to which was annexed the Inscription of Ben Jonson, inserted in page xxxi of the. Introduction.
An APHORISM is a deor, cincise, detacht, and pithy Sen
tence; impressively tonveying to Observation and Memory some imporiant Tyüthăm
Delivery of Opinions or Precepts by way of APHORISMS,
shews whether an Author have entered deeply into his Subject eor not: for they are ridiculous unless drawn from the central parts of Science.
Hominem Pagina nostra sapit.
tion, which he has modestly call'd “ Some Aco count of the Lift, &c. of Mr. William Shakespeare,” has related an Anecdote, which, perhaps, can do where be better plac'd than at the head of this Collection of APHORISMS. He informs us, that in a Conversation between Sir John Suckling, Sir William Davenant, Endymion Porter, Mr. Hales of Eton, and Ben Jonson *, Sir John Suckling, who was a professt Admirer of Shakespeare, had undertaken bis Defence against Ben Jonson
I was not aware of this being the correct orthography, until it was pointed out to me by the Author of the Life of Chaucer, (Mr. Godwin) but I since find it was the spelling adopted in Mr. Capell's Life of Shakespeare, and also by Mr. Walter Scott, in his elegant Edition of Dryden's Workss just publish'a.