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CRITICAL ESSAYS

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DRAMATIC POETRY.

BY

Monsieur de VOLTAIRE.

WITH

Notes by the TRANS L'ATOR,

Et vos, O Lauri, carpam, et te, proxima Myrte,
Sic pofitæ quoniam fuaves miscetis odores.

VIRGIL.

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LONDON:

Printed for L. DAVIS and C. REYMERS,

against Gray's-Inn, Holborn. MDCCLXI.

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A DVERTISEMENT.

HE translator had often read

with pleasure the following essays in the original; and was as often forry, that no writer of genius had undertaken to publish, in english, a complete translation of all monsieur de Voltaire's plays, or as the french term it, his Theatre, to which these feveral differtations are prefixed.

Such an attempt would have been too great for the leisure or for the abilities of the present translator. Mr. Dryden's prefaces, which have done so great honour to that name, and which run pretty much on the same subject with these

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of M. de Voltaire, have long been wished for, in a separate edition from the rest of his works. To this thought, it must be confessed, is owing the publication here given : a task no ways unpleasing to the person who undertook it ; nor, as he hopes, will be an unacceptable present to the public : especially, fince those who have already gratified us with masterly imitations of some of M. de Voltaire's theatrical pieces, have omitted the

prefatory discourses, which the author himself thought necessary.

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