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THE DRAMATIC WORKS WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE; with NOTES, original and selected, by SAMUEL WELLER SINGER, F.S. A. and A LIFE of the POET, by CHARLES SYMMONS, D.D.
That, in the modern editions of Shakspeare, the pages are overcharged with Notes, which confound rather than enlighten the mind of the reader, has been the subject of very frequent and very just complaint. To remedy this evil, as far as his powers would enable him, and to confine the comment to the illustration of his Author, has been the aim of the present Editor; to this purpose all preceding Commentators who have devoted their learning and sagacity to the elucidation of our great Poet have been made tributary, while their redundances have been pruned, and their contentious cavils omitted. In many instances he has explained and corrected for himself; and he feels a persuasion that several of his explanations of obsolete words and obscure passages will be acknowledged as more fortunate than those of his predecessors. Regarding the Text, he has principally availed himself of the labours of Steevens and Malone, but without servile adherence, and not without occasional reference to the old copies, the readings of which he has sometimes preferred to those of either of these conflicting critics.
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"Of still higher importance is the well edited Biography of the Bard, from the able pen of Dr. Symmons; and many of the original Notes by Mr. Singer, which display much research, and a very intimate acquaintance with his subject.
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