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Galabio and Marchant, Printers,

Ingram-Court, London,

IN THREE ACTS.

WITH

Burlesque annotations,

AFTER THE MANNER OF

DR. JOHNSON AND GEO. STEEVENS, Esg.

AND THE

VARIOUS COMMENTATORS.

BY JOHN POOLE, Esq.

Quantum mutatus ab illo.

VIRGIL.

Commentators each dark passage shun,
And hold their farthing candle to the sun.

Young.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. M. RICHARDSON, NO. 23, CORNHILL,

OPPOSITE THE ROYAL EXCHANGE.

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PREFACE.

Conscious that any attempt to treat with levity the works of our IMMORTAL Poet is in some danger of being received with displeasure, the following production is submitted to the public with that diffidence which the delicacy of its subject must, naturally, excite. In order, however, to remove such objections as may arise, solely out of partiality or of prejudice, a few observations may not be, altogether, unneces

sary.

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