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With no other view, in the publication of this trifle, than to afford an hour's amusement, the author solicits for it an exemption from severe and minute criticism ; and, trusting to an indulgent and liberal reception of his work, he respectfully submits it to the public.
THE former Edition of this work having been
very generally approved, I have endeavoured, by
careful revision, to render the present Edition no
ess deserving of the public approbation. In the
ubject, I have made such alterations as I conceived
vould tend to the general improvement of the piece;
nd the numerous additions which I have made to the
Annotations, will not, I hope, deprive this portion
f the work of the favour with which it has hitherto
The Annotations having been very currently
attributed to one of our most esteemed dramatists,
I feel it incumbent upon me, in justice to the
gentleman alluded to, to declare, that I am alone
CLAUDIUS, King of Denmark.
GERTRUDE, Queen of Denmark, and Mother to Hamlet. OPHELIA, Daughter to Polonius.
LADIES, GENTLEMEN, PLAYERS, AND ATTENDANTS.