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THE

YOUTH

OF

SH A K S P E A R E.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

6 SHAKSPEARE AND HIS FRIENDS."

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women nierely players,
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.

SHAKSPEARE.

Triumph, my Britain ! thou hast one to show
To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe.

Bex Joxsox.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

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LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

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PRINTED BY W. WILCOCKSON, ROLLS BUILDINGS FETTER LANE.

TO

THE ADMIRERS

OF

Honie-Tong'o Shakspeare,”

AND OF THE OTHER ILLUSTRIOUS SPIRITS OF

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ENGLAND,

THESE VOLUMES,

WITH TRUE HUMBLENESS,

AND ENTIRE DEVOTEDNESS TO THE SCBJECT,

ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY

THEIR FELLOW-WORSHIPPER,

AND VERY OBEDIENT SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

ADDRESSED BY THE AUTHOR, WITH A SUITABLE PROPER RESPECT IN HIM,

TO HIS SINGULAR GOOD FRIEND,

THE COURTEOUS READER.

METHINKS an apology is necessary, for adventuring on a subject of the extreme difficulty essayed in these volumes ; but the cause of my entering on so notable ambitious a task, will, perhaps, hold me excused in some measure ; for this was it:- I had noted with exceeding sorrowfulness, and a becoming indignation, divers small biographers, muddleheaded commentators, and insolent cyclopædia scribblers, with as scarce a commodity of truth as of wit, garnishing their silly conceits of the noblest heart and brain that ever laboured for universal humanity, with a prodigal store of all manner of despicable vileness, and wretched impudent folly; and having had much deep study, and moreover, being possessed of a very boundless love of the subject, I thought I would strive, as far as lay within the compass

of
my

humble ability, to put to shame these pitiful traducers, and set up before the world a statue of this High Priest of Nature, as he ought to be entitled, as like as might be unto the wondrous admirableness of his natural gifts.

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