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  • Title: Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1663)

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    Author: Ben Jonson
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    Prefatory Materials (Folio 1, 1663)

    1
    To the Reader.
    This Figure, that thou here seest put,
    It was for gentle Shakespeare cut;
    Wherein the Grauer had a strife
    5with Nature, to out-doo the life :
    O, could he but haue drawne his wit
    As well in brasse, as he hath hit
    His face ; the Print would then surpasse
    All, that vvas euer vvrit in brasse.
    10But, since he cannot, Reader, looke
    Not on his Picture, but his Booke.
    B.I.
    MR. WILLIAM
    SHAKESPEARES
    15
    COMEDIES,
    HISTORIES, &
    TRAGEDIES.
    Published according to the True Originall Copies.
    LONDON
    20
    Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623.