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Shakspeare has the decisive merit of having furnished more passages which dwell on the memory, and are applicable to common occasions, than any other writer of bis country, probably than any extant writer in the whole range of literature. These choice products of his genius are called by the English reader with scarcely any interruption from the gross matter, in which, like pure gold in its matrix, they are often imbedded : and I do not think it is exaggerating the effect of poetry, to suppose that the characteristic English manliness of thought has been greatly indebted to him for its preservation, amid prevailing luxury and fashionable frivolity.

Dr. AIKN.

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ILLUSTRATIONS

TO THE

FIFTEENTH VOLUME.

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1. Portrait of Shakspeare. Frontispiece.
2. Venus and Adonis, from a Painting by Romanelii.
3. Lucretia.-Domenichino..

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