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tender' affections and fond endearments of hú. man nature ; more especially regarding those moral duties which are the truest fource of mortal bliss domestic ties, offices, and obligations.
This code of morality has an advantage over any other of the kind, on account of its not being conducted systematically. In all books that treat upon these subjects, the precepts are disposed methodically, under separate heads or chapters; as Ambition, Bravery, Constancy, De. votion, and so on to the end of the alphabet ; which mode, though useful on account of references, or as a common-place book, cannot be near so entertaining, and consequently so well able to answer the utile dulci, as a work of this fort, where the documents rise out of the action immediately before our eyes, and are constantly varying with the quick shifting of scenes, perfon, and subjects ; where love sometimes follows war, jealousy succeeds friendship, parsimony liberality; and so proceeding throughout the intire quicquid agunt homines of human life.
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Alonzo, King of Naples.
MIRANDA, Daughter of Prospero.
N. B. It is to be observed, that in this and all the other Dramatis Personæ, I insert the names of those only whom I have brought upon the Scene, in the course of these remarks, either as speaking themselves, or being spoken to by others.
HIS Play, and the Midsummer Night's
Dream, which in all the latter editions
immediately follows it, are considered by Dr. Warburton, “ as the noblest effort of that sub" lime and amazing imagination, peculiar to Shake
speare, which foars above the bounds of Nature, “ without forsaking Sense; or, more properly, car"ries Nature along with it, beyond her terrestrial
He has, indeed, in both these exhibitions, created Beings out of all visible existence; or, as he has himself most beautifully expressed it,
“ Given to airy Nothing
“ A local habitation, and a name.” Yet by the powers of his genius has he contrived to make these chimeras of his brain think, act, and speak, in a manner which appears so suited to the anomalous personages his magic has conjured up, that