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4115. HONOUR the Shadow of VIRTUE.
4117. JEALOUSY. * $ Those who are slowly jealous, are, being s Perplext in the extreme.lt [wrought,
MERCHANT OF VENICE,
Shall seek the Life of any Citizen,
And owes the Judgment due by Law to such
LEAR. 4119. LIfe embittered and shortened by irritated
; 1060 Life, Life! [Feelings." But that thy strange Mutations make us hale Thou scarce would'st yield to Age. (thee,
See the Case of Mardaniel and Eagan, in FOSTER'S Treatises of Crown Law, And.Comn: L. E. B. IV. Ch:10, $ 16. Ch: 14. § 2. P. 196.23
FROM PLAYS PARTLY WRITTEN
THE TIVO NOBLE KINSMÉN.
4120. BENEVOLENCE, *+ 'T,
is to Benevolence an OBLIGATION If it may stead another in Distress.
4121. SOLDIER. 27. He is deserving of the Name of Soldier Who equally can poise Sternness and Pity. 4122. WISDOM- -PROMÓTITUDE.
r. What the Wise do quickly Is not done rashly. Isa 4123. GENIUS.
Of Genius the first thought is more Than others' labor'd Meditations. 4124. CAUSE ; bad-DISCOURAGEMENT.
What Man Thirds his own Worth when that his Action's
dregg'd With Mind assur'd 'tis bad he goes about.
4125. CALAMITY Fit's diffi rent Effects. Extremity, which sharpens Wits of some, Makes others Fools.it
This Play was ascribed in the Title-page to Fletcher and Shakespeare in 1634, only 16 years after the Death of our Poet.See Capell's Table of Editions, Vol. I. of his SHAKE. SPEARE, after the Introduction..
THIERRY AND THEODORET. 4127. SORROW.
Sorrow wanting Form Is presst with deeper Matter.
4128. Our mortal Sense is full of fearful Shadows : (We were begotten Gods else) but those Fears, Feeling but once the Fires of nobler Thoughts, Fly, like the Shape of Clouds we forın, to nothing.
THE BLOODY BROTHER. 4129. EDUCATION-PARENTS-INSTRUCTORS
their RESPONSIBILITY. Those who when young and apt to any
form Are given to your instruction and grave ordering, 'Twill be expected that they should be good, Or their bad Manners will be imputed your's. 4130.
imputed sometimes too far. One can not alter Nature,
I had a powerful reason for adding these few Extracts from FLETCHER's Plays. They are exceedingly in the Manner of SHAKESPEARE. În Two of the Three he' has been expressly, and from early Tradition, affirmed to have had a share. And ThieRRY and TøEODORET has much of the pathetic, beautiful, and sublime Character of his Imagination, and of the dignified Sweetness of his Numbers. FLETCHER was nearly contemporary with our Poet. He was born 12 years later (in 1576), and died 9 years after him in 1625). In the BLOODY Brother is that sweet and tender Duet, the first Stanza only of which is in MEASURE. TOR MEASURE. I give it here entire, for it's exquisite and
peculiar Beauty: 80 delightfully expresst by JACKSON of EXETER.
That so sweetly were forsworn,
Lights that do mislead the Morn
Which thy frozen Bosom bears,
Are of those which April wears.
Bound in those icy Chairs by theco Here is the true rural freshness, sweetness, tenderness, and beauty; the musical flow and turn of the Songs of the Swan of Avon, to whom may be applied the happy Encomium upón VIRGIL
“ Molle atque facetum “SHAKESPERO annuerunt gaudentes Rure Camæna.' And the Two Noble KINSMEN opens with a floral Ode of similar characteristic Elegance. No Poet was more sensible, or with truer Taste and happier Expression, to the Charms of Flowers, of Beauty, and female Loveliness than SHAKESPEARE. Internal Beauty, and it's external Image, were reveal'd to him in their celestial Perfection. He had an Heart, as well as Intellect and Imagination, form'd for such divine Visions. In our Poets of the Elizabethan Age, from several of whom Mr. LAMBE has publishe most interesting Extracts, perhaps many a vein of Shakesperian Ore lies hardly separable by any critical Chemistry: And sometimes perhaps 25 undiscernible as the Waves of ALPneus from ARETUUSA, or of Tame from Isis. But at others, the peculiar character seems to float like Ether; ascending by it's purity and it's spirit, and distinguisht by properties absolutely it's own. In the extent and justness of his aphoristic Wisdom, and the Character of his Poetry, JONSON, in delineating VIRGIL,
• In the Fol. of Beaumont and Fletcher's Plays, where the ed Stanza occurs, it is, “ But first set." I think, however, the Arrangement as Aere printed is the true one.
seems to have meant at the same time to give a most curious and finisht Portrait of SHAKESPEARE
" That which he hath writ He Is with such Judgment labor'd and distillid
“ Through all the needful uses of our Life, 2** That could a Man remember but his lines, " He should not touch on any serious point
“ But he might breathe his spirit out of him" : « His Learning savours not the School-like gloss ** That most consists in echoing Words and Terms, ** And soonest wins a Man an empty Name; * Nor any long or far-fetche circumstance; “ But a direct and analytic Sum 1.6 of all the Worth and first effects of Arts: y® And for his Poësy, 'tis so ranım'd with Life, J" That it shall gather strength of Life with Being, 34 And live hereafter more admir'd than now t." Thus in his own Days : at present Mr. CAPELL does not seem very extravagant in his Motto : « Qui Genus humanum Ingenio superavit, & omnes,
Præstinxit, stellas exortus ut ætherius Sol." 4 The Race of Mortals he
fade ** The Stars, when rises the etherial Sun.”
. And here, at length, we close. If to any this Collection appears too long, they may console themselves with the Brevity of it's distinct parts. At one a Day, these would last for eleven Years and thirteen Dayst. And by much the greater part of them would supply Food to the Imagination and Intellect, and Medicine to the Heart, worthy of occupying no inconsiderable portion of that day, and likely to extend a bene
• We know, accordingly, with what frequency and felicity they have been quoted in the Speeches of ERSKINE.
Jonson's Poetaster, 1601. H. IV. and V. R. 11. KING JOHN, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ROMEO AND JULIET, had al) been publisht before that Period.
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