Excerpt from Troilus and Cressida, or Truth Found Too Late: A Tragedy as It Is Acted at the Dukes Theatre, to Which Is Prefix'd, a Preface Containing the Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy
We ought to follow them ﬂ) far only, to: they hen/e Copy'd the excellenciet 0 who invented and brought to perfefl ion. Drnmntic Poetry thofe thing: only excepted which Religion, cnﬂorns of Conntriet, Idiomr of Lnngnngw, &c. Have nlter'd in the Snperjirnttnret, bnt not in the fonndntion oft/it deﬂgn. How defeelizte'shakefpear an t Fletcher have been in rill their '7'lott, Mr. Rqer hn/t di hover'd in his Critici fms neither cnn We, whofollow them, be excm'd from the fame or grenttr erre r: which dre the: more nnpnrdontz' lo in m, becnitﬂe we want their benntiet to econrzter'veil onrftmlts. The beﬂ of their de nndthe moﬂ' condming to move pity, nree of Belfus were thrown mm], is of Tragedies, which e theﬂory ofoedipus.
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