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First Gent. God save yon, Sir! where have you been broiling?
Third Gent. Among the crowd i'the Abbey; where a fuger

Could not be wedg'd in more.
Second Gent.

You saw
The ceremony?
Third Gent.

That I did.
First Gent.

How was it?
Third Gent. Well worth the seeing.
Second Gent.

Good Sir, speak it to us.
Third Gent. As well as I am able.

Shukspeare's Henry VIII. Act iv. Sc. i

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR JOHN MAJOR,

18, SKINNER STREET.

1820.

PREFACE.

Events which are rare in their occurrence, impressive in themselves, and magnificent in their auxiliaries, will always excite a great degree of interest, of expectation, and even of anxiety, to witness them. Such were the Jubilees of the ancient Hebrews, the Festivals of the Sun in Peru, the grand Druidical Assemblies of the early Britons, the Inauguration of a Cardinal to the Pontificate; and to bring the resemblance home to our own knowledge, such is the splendid Ceremonial of a Royal Coronation. Then the mind turns as it were dissatisfied with the every-day actions of life, to the records of former proceedings, or to anticipations of the future; while the eye is no longer delighted with its common objects of interest, but would gladly exchange them for

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