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witnessed the most painful effects from it in the unweighed expressions of young persons suddenly introduced into society; and therefore, I repeat, unless you are aware of anything in the text of Shakspeare that must be kept not only out of hearing, but, if possible, out of knowledge, 1 desire that the whole text may be placed unreservedly in my daughters' hands."
I shall presume, then, that the persons into whose hands these my Readings fall, are in possession, or will in proper time be put in possession, of Shakspeare entire; and my apology for them is, that they are selected and adapted as exercises for the voice, (may I not add, for the heart and understanding also, and the formation of a healthy taste in poetry?) to be used as auxiliary to, not in place of, the full, unmutilated text.-In this volume, the selections are only from the histories; but a second volume is in contemplation, with selections illustrative of character from the tragedies and comedies.
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READINGS FROM KING JOHN.
The contending interests under which the reign of John com-
CONNECTING MEMORANDA, INCLUDING THE INTERVALS OF HENRY
Scene The Murder of Edward II.-Marlowe
The Murder of Thomas Duke of Gloucester at the instigation
Gad's Hill; and at the Boar's Head Tavern, in Eastcheap
READINGS FROM HENRY IV.; SECOND PART.
Henry V.; indicated by scenes supposed to occur at the
READINGS FROM HENRY VI.; SECOND PART.