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A STUDY

OF THE

PROLOGUE AND EPILOGUE

IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

FROM SHAKESPEARE TO DRYDEN

BY

G. S. Blower)

LONDON

KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1884

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PREFACE.

This little volume contains the substance (considerably enlarged and carefully revised) of five articles contributed to a monthly periodical. Though the outcome of vacation moments, it will, I hope, be found to represent a thorough investigation of the subject, so far as it extends. I shall be well pleased, if the facts collected and opinions arrived at during my excursion through a not uninteresting by way of literature should hereafter prove useful to writers undertaking more ambitious researches into the wider domains of dramatic or social history, and still more if they should succeed in affording occasional entertainment to the general reader.

G. S. B.

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