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The Sand heaped by one Flood is scattered by another but the Rock always continues in its place, The Stream of time which is continually washing the dissoluble fabrics of other Poets passes without inpry by the adamant of- Shakespeare.
The Sheffield Shakespeare Club,
ITS COMMENCEMENT, IN 1819,
BY A MEMBER OF THE CLUB.
“ To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,
To rouse the genius, and to mend the heart,
PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR,
Malone. S. 414
A DESIRB having been frequently expressed, that the proceedings of this Society should be collected and published in a form more likely to be preserved than in the columns of a newspaper, the Editor of this unpresuming volume, at the earnest solicitation of several members of the Club, has undertaken the task, not with the expectation of profit or fame,—the utmost he can hope for, is to escape ultimate loss. Censure, and not praise, he anticipates; for what merit can there be in editing a production where talent is neither expected nor required, where, in fact, nothing is wanted but a careful revision of the printer's proof-sheets, with not more of original matter than would cover a crown piece of miniature penmanship. It has been the object of the Editor to give corrected and accurate versions of all that has taken place at each and every meeting of the Shakespeare Club, through the nine years of its existence, together with a brief sketch of its original formation. The record of its vices and virtues are thus preserved and registered in obvious characters.
The proceedings detailed in the following pages have been extracted from the Sheffield papers: the Preface, and the critical observations on “ As you Like it” and “ King John” having alone been furnished by the Editor. It is only necessary to notice this, that he may not be either censured or praised for matter not his own.