TO THE SECOND EDITION OF THE ROBBERS--1782.
THE 800 copies of the first edition of my ROBBERS were ex. hausted before all the admirers of the piece were supplied. A second was therefore undertaken, which has been improved by greater care in printing, and by the omission of those equivocal sentences which were offensive to the more fastidious part of the public. Such an alteration, however, in the construction of the play, as should satisfy all the wishes of my friends and the critics, has not been my object.
In this second edition the several songs have been arranged for the pianoforte, which will enhance its value to the musical part of the public. I am indebted for this to an able composer*, who has performed his task in so masterly a manner, that the hearer is not unlikely to forget the poet in the melody of the musician.
Stuttgart, Jan. 5th, 1782.____________________