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S O N N E T S
REARRANGED AND DIVIDED
INTRODUCTION AND EXPLANATORY NOTES.
JOHN RUSSELL SMITH,
36, SOHO SQUARE.
SONNETS OF SHAKSPERE.
THESE Sonnets were published without the consent or knowledge of the author in 1609, with the following dedication :
It has been strongly advocated by Mr. Boaden, and very generally believed, that William Herbert, Earl f Pembroke, is the person to whom the Sonnets are
dressed; but I trust the following pages will satisactorily refute this ingenious supposition. The dedication, in my opinion, merely means, Mr. T. T., Thos. Thorpe, the publisher, wishes Mr. W. H., the collector of these sonnets, all happiness and that eternity, which the Poet promised his friend.