The Poems, Plays and Other Remains of Sir John Suckling. with a Copious Account of the Author, Notes, and an Appendix of Illustrative Pieces - Vol. 2

The Poems, Plays and Other Remains of Sir John Suckling. with a Copious Account of the Author, Notes, and an Appendix of Illustrative Pieces - Vol. 2

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The Poems, Plays and Other Remains of Sir John Suckling. with a Copious Account of the Author, Notes, and an Appendix of Illustrative Pieces - Vol. 2

The Poems, Plays and Other Remains of Sir John Suckling. with a Copious Account of the Author, Notes, and an Appendix of Illustrative Pieces - Vol. 2

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I hope I shall not need to crave your pardon
for publishing this dramatic piece of Sir John
Suckling—imperfect, I cannot say, but rather un
finished—there being a kind of perfection even in
the most deficient fragments of this incomparable
author. To evince that this copy was a faithful
transcript from his own handwriting, I have said
enough in my former epistle, and I thought it much
better to send it into the world in the same state I
found it, without the least addition, than procure it
[to be] supplied by any other pen, which had not
been less preposterous than the finishing of Venus’
picture, so skilfully begun by Apelles, by some other
hand. Nor are we without a sufficient precedent in
works of this nature, and relating to an author, who
confessedly is reputed the glory of the English stage,
whereby you’ll know I mean Ben Jonson, and in a
play also of somewhat resembling name, “The Sad
Shepherd,” extant in his third volume, which, though
it wants two entire Acts, was nevertheless judged a
piece of too much worth to be laid aside by the
learned and honourable Sir Kenelm Digby, who
published that volume. We have also in print,
written by the same hand, the very beginning only
(for it amounts not to one full scene) of a tragedy

This preface, which can refer only to “The Sad One,” is improperly placed, in the copy of 1658 here employed, before the Poems. in another copy, which appears quite complete, it is not found at all.

See the Prefaces printed at the beginning of the volume.

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