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BRITISH THEATRE,

Consisting of the most esteemed

ENGLISH PLAYS.

VOLUME THE SIXTEENTH.

Being the Eighth VOLUME of TRAGEDIES.

CONTAINING

ELECTRA, by LEW. THEOBALD.
AMBITIOUS STEP-MOTHER, by N. Rowe.
EDWARD the BLACK PRINCE, by WILLIAM

SHIRLEY, Esq.
BUSIRIS, by Dr. YOUNGE.
EURYDICE, by Mr. MALLET.

L O N D ON:

Printed for John Bell, near Exeter Exchange,

in the Strand.

MIDCCLXXVII.

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Ως αν δόλω κλείνανε, άνδρα τίμιον,
Λόλω τε και ληφθώσιν εν ταυλα βρόχω
Θανόνες, ή και Λοξίας φήμισεν,
"Αναξ 'Απόλλων, μάλις αψευδής, το πρίν.

Aischyl. in Coeplio

CB

ס ! * * ; דאגגגגלית

יות, ירושלים.

ENGLIS

LONDON
Printed for JOVENERDIL Linneas Exegera exc konge, in the Strans'

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TO

JOSEPH ADDISON, Esq.

SIR,
HIS poem presumes to throw itself at your feet, as

a piece more wanting your protection, than worthy of your patronage. But it is as necessary for young authors, who should be conscious of their imperfections, to ikreen themselves under great names; as it has been always natural to criminals, to fly to a sanctuary.

Permit me then, Sir, more than to hope a Melter ; to promise myself some reputation from this honour. Ox', even should the world determine of my performance to my disadvantage; the satisfaction I take in being allowed the privilege of this addrels, yields me more pleasure. than their censure could give me pain.

But I am so far from entertaining any fears of its mis. carriage ; that if my own partiality and the judgment of those chosen friends,

- Quibus hæc, fint qualiacumque, arridere velim,

have not conspired to deceive me in its favour: I may presume, that little inerit they are pleased to allow it, will be my best excuse for pretending, in this public manner, to declare myself,

SIR,

Your moft obedient

Humble servant,

LEW. THEOBALD,

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