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DRAMATIC WORKS AND POEMS
NOW FIRST COLLECTED;
BY THE LATE WILLIAM GIFFORD, Esq.
ADDITIONAL NOTES, AND SOME ACCOUNT OF SHIRLEY
AND HIS WRITINGS,
BY THE REV. ALEXANDER DYCE.
IN SIX VOLUMES.
HONORIA AND MAMMON.
THE TRIUMPH OF PEACE.
. THE TRIUMPH OF BEAUTY.
CUPID AND DEATH.
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
A small part of this subject many years since had dropped from my pen; but looking, at some opportunities, upon the argument, I thought some things more considerable might be deduced ; and applying myself further, at times of recess, I felt it grow and multiply under my imagination : nor left I it then, (the matter being so pregnant in itself,) till I formed it into such limbs and proportions as you now see it. Modesty, after this, invited me to cover it, and to cut off many impertinences, and purge some humour, that sate, I confess, unhandsomely
What is now presented, I hope, will appear a genuine and unforced moral, which, though dressed in dramatic ornament, may not displease, in the reading, persons of ingenuity, such whose nature is not to create prejudice where they intend a recreation; and in the confidence of that, I do not repent the superstructures I have made, my pains, nor expenses that have attended to bring it to this. It is now public, to satisfy the importunity of friends : I will only add, it is like to be the last, for in my resolve, nothing of this nature shall, after this, engage either my pen or invention.
The reason why I make no particular dedication to any friend is, because I aim my general respect to all, whose favours and civilities have obliged me. At this none will be offended, where none hath the precedence: and to conclude with the most serious truth, I know not any that love me so little, whom the payment of my so mean addresses would satisfy as to clear me upon the account of his friendship. Let this suffice at present from him, that is
Conquest, a colonel,
SCENE, Metropolis ; and twice in the Country.