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for there is not one among them that strongly. “It is certainly the duty of every tragic poet, altracts either affection or esteem. But they are by the exact distribution of poetical justice, to made the vehicles of such sentiments and such imitate the divine dispensation, and to inculcato expression, that there is scarcely a scene in the a particular providence. It is true, indeed, upon play which the eader does not wish to impress the stage of the world, the wicked sometimes upon his memory.

prosper, and the guiltless suffer. But that is When "Calo” was shown to Pope, * he ad- permitted by the Governor of the world, to show, vised the Author to print it, without any thea- from the atiribute of his infinite justice, that there trical exhibition ; supposing that it would be is a compensation in futurity, to prove the im read more favourably than heard. Addison de- mortality of the human soul, and the certainty clared himself of the same opinion; but urged of future rewards and punishments. But the the importunity of his friends for its appearance poetical persons in tragedy exist no longer than on the stage. The emulation of parties made ihe reading or the representation; the whole exit successful beyond expectation; and its success tent of their enmity is circumscribed by those ; has introduced or confirmed among us the use of and, therefore, during that reading or represendialogue too declamatory, or of unaffecting ele- tation, according to their merits or demeriis, they gance, and chill philosophy.

must be punished or rewarded. If this is not The universality of applause, however it might done, there is no impartial distribution of poetiquell the censure of common mortals, had no cal justice, no instructive lecture of a particular other effect than to harden Dennis in fixed dislike: providence, and no imitation of the divine disbut his dislike was not merely capricious. He pensation. And yet the author of this tragedy found and showed many faults; he showed them does not only run counter to this, in the taie indeed with anger, but he found them with acute of his principal character; but every where, ness, such as ought to rescue his criticism from throughout it, makes virtue suffer, and vice oblivion; though, at last, it will have no other triumph; for not only Cato is vanquished by life than it derives from the work which it en- Ciesar, but the treachery and perfidiousness of deavours to oppress.

Syphax prevail over the honest simplicity and Why he pay's no regard to the opinion of the wie credulity of Juba : and the sly subtlety and audience, he gives his reason, by remarking, that, dissimulation of Portius over the generous trank

A deference is to be paid to a general ap- ness and openheartedness of Marcus.". plause, when it appears that the applause is Whatever pleasure there may be in seeing natural and spontaneous; but that little regard crimes punished and virtue rewarded, yet, since is to be had to it, when it is affected and arti- wickedness often prospers in real life, the poet is ficial. Of all the tragedies which in his memory certainly at liberty to give it prosperity on the have had vast and violent runs, not one has stage. For if poetry has an imitation of reality, been excellent, few have been tolerable, most how are its laws broken by exhibiting the world have been scandalous. When a poet writes a in its true form ? The stage may sometimes tragedy, who knows he has judgment, and who gratify our wishes; but, if it be truly the “mirfeels he has genius, that poci presumes upon his ror of life,” it ought to show us sometimes what own merit, and scorns to make a cabal. That we are to expect. people come coolly to the representation of such Dennis objects to the characters, that they are a tragedy, without any violent expectation, or not natural, or reasonable; but as heroes and delusive imagination, or invincible preposses- heroines are not beings that are seen every day, sion ; that such an nudience is liable to receive it is hard to find upon what principles their conimpressions which the poem shall naturally make duct shall be tried. It is, however, not useless on them, and to judge by their own reason, and to consider what he says of the manner in which their own judgments, and that reason and judg. Cato receives the account of his son's death. ment are calm and serene, not formed by nature “Nor is the grief of Cato, in the fourth act, lo inake proselytes, and to control and lord it one jot more in nature than that of his son and over the imaginations of others. But that when Lucia in the third. Cato receives the news of an author writes a tragedy, who knows he has his son's death not only with dry eyes, but with neither genius nor judgment, he has recourse to a sort of satisfaction; and in the same page the making a party, and he endeavours to make sheds tears for the calamity of his country, and up in industry what is wanting in talent, and to does the same thing in the next page upon the supply by poetical craft the absence of poetical bare apprehension of the danger of his friends. art; that such an author is humbly contented to Now, since the love of one's country is the love raise men's passions by a plot without doors, of one's countrymen, as I have shown upon since he despairs of doivg ít by that woich he another occasion, I desire to ask these questions: brings upon the stage. That party, and passion, Of all our countrymen, which do we love mosi, and prepossession, are clamorous and tumul- those whom we know, or those whom we know tuous things, and so much the more clamorous not? And of those whom we know, which do and tumultuous by how much the more erro- we cherish most, our friends or our enemies? neous: that they domineer and tyrannize over And of our friends, which are the dearest to us, the imaginations of persons who want judgment, those who are related to us, or those who aró and sometimes wo of those who have it; and not? And of all our relations, for which have like a fierce and outrageous torrent, bear down we most tenderness, for those who are near to all opposition before them."

us, or for those who are remote? And of our He then condemns the neglect of poetical jus- near relations, which are the nearest, and contice; which is always one of his favourite prin sequently, the dearest to us, our offspring, or ciples.

others ? Our offspring, most certainly; as Na

ture, or, in other words, Providence, has wisely • Spenco

contrived for the preservation of mankind. Now, does it not follow from what has been said, that once more in the same morning to the governor's for a man to receive the news of his son's death hall, to carry on the conspiracy with Syphax with dry eyes, and to weep at the same time for against the governor, his country, and his family; the calamities of his country, is a wretched af- which is so stupid that it is below the wisdom of fectation, and a miserable inconsistency? Is the 0's, the Mac's, and the Teague's; even not that, in plain English, to receive with dry Eustace Cummins himself would never have eyes the news of te deaths of those for whose gone to Justice-hall, to have conspired against the sake our country is a name so dear to us, and at government. If officers at Portsmouth should the same time to shed tears for those for whose lay their heads together, in order to the carrying sakes our country is not a name so dear to us ?" Off* J-G-'s niece or daughter, would they meet

But this formidable assailant is less resistible in J-G-s hall, to carry on that conspiracy ? when he attacks the probability of the action, There would be no necessity for their meeting and the reasonableness of the plan. Every criti- there, at least till they came to the execution of cal reader must remark, that Addison has, with their plot, because there would be other places a scrupulosity almost unexampled on the English to meet in. There would be no probability that stage, confined himself in time to a single day, they should meet there, because there would be and in place to a rigorous unity. The scene places more private and more commodious. Now never changes, and the whole action of the play there onght to be nothing in a tragical action but passes in the great hall of Cato's house at Utica. what is necessary or probable. Much therefore is done in the hall, for which “But treason is not the only thing that is any other place would be more fit; and this im- carried on in this hail; that, and love, and phipropriety affords Dennis many hints of merri- losophy, take their turns in it, without any manment, and opportunities of triumph. The pas- ner of necessity or probability, occasioned by sage is long : but as such disquisitions are not the action, as duly and as regularly, without coinmon, and the objections are skilfully formed interrupting one another, as if there were a and vigorously urged, those who delight in criti- triple league between them, and a mutual cal controversy will not think it tedious. agreement that each should give place to, and

“Upon the departure of Portius, Sempronius make way for, the other, in a due and orderly makes but one soliloquy, and immediately in succession. comes Syphax, and then the two politicians are “We now come to the third Act. Semproat it immediately. They lay their heads to- nius, in this Act, comes into the governor's hall, gether, with their snuff-boxes in their bands, as with the leaders of the mutiny: but, as soon as Mr. Bayes has it, and feague it away. But, in Cato is gone, Sempronius, who but just before the midst of that wise scene, Syphax seems to had acted like an unparalleled knave, discovers give a seasonable caution to Sempronius: himself, like an egregious fool, to be an accomSyph. But is it true, Sempronius, that your senate

plice in the conspiracy. Is call'd together? Gods! thou must be cautious;

Semp. Know, villains, when such paltry slaves pre Cato has piercing eyes. “There is a great deal of caution shown, in- To mix in treason, if the plot succeeds,

They're thrown neglected by ; but, if it fails, deed, in meeting in a governor's own hall to They're sure to die like dugs, as you shall do. carry on their plot against him. Whatever Here, take these factious monsters, drag them forth opinion they have of his eyes, I suppose they To sudden death.have none of his ears, or they would never have “It is true, indeed, the second leader says, talked at this foolish rate so near:

there are none there but friends; but is that Gods! thou must be cautious.

possible at such a juncture? Can a parcel of

rogues attempt to assassinate the governor of a Oh! yes, very cautious; for if Cato should overhear you, and turn you off for politicians, Cæsar and, after they are discovered,' and defeated,

town of war, in his own house, in mid-day? would never take you; no, Cæsar would never

can there be none near them but friends ? Is it take you.

not plain from these words of Sempronius, · When Cato, Act II. turns the senators out of the hall, upon pretence of acquainting Juba

Here, take these facrious monsters, drag them forth with the result of their debates, he appears to

To sudden deathme to do a thing which is neither reasonable nor and from the entrance of the guards upon the civil. Juba might certainly have better been words of command, that those guards were made acquainted with the result of that debate within carshot? Behold Sempronius then palin some private apartment of the palace. But pably discovered. How comes it to pass, then, the Poct was driven upon this absurdity to make that instead of being hanged up with the rest, way for another; and that is, to give Juba anı he remains secure in the governor's ball, and opportunity to demand Marcia of her father. there carries on bis conspiracy against the goDuitse quarrel and rage of Juba and Syphax, vernment, the third time in the same day, with in the same Act; the invectives of Syphax, his old comrade Syphax, who enters at the same inguinst the Romans and Cato; the advice that time that the guards are carrying away the be gives Juba, in her father's hall

, to bear away leaders, big with the news of the defeat of SemMarcia by force; and his brutal and clamorous pronius ; though where he had his intelligence rage upon his refusal, and at a time when Cato so soon is ditficult to imagine? And now the was scarcely out of sight, and perhaps not out of reader may expect a very extraordinary scene; hearing, at least some of his guarts or domestics there is not abundance of spirit indeed, nor a must necessarily be supposed to be within hearing; is a thing that is so far from being probable, Gibson, heutenant.governor of Portsmouth, in the year

* The person meant by the initials J. G. is Sir John that it is hardly possible.

“Sempronius, in the second Aci, comes back and by the common soldiers called Johnny Gibson.-H

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great deal of passion ; but there is wisdom more show the absurdities which the Author has run than enough to supply all defects.

into, through the indiscreet observance of the Syph. Our first design, my friend, has prov'd abor. Sunity of place. I do not remember that Alisa

totle has said any thing expressly concerning Still there remains an after-game to play:

the unity of place. It is true, implicily, he has Mips are mounted, their Numidian steeds

said enough in the rules which he has laid down Soft up the winds, and long to scour the desert. L*t but sempronius lead us in our light,

for the chorus. For by making the chorus an We'll furre the gate, where Marcus keeps his guard,

essential part of tragedy, and by bringing it on And hew down all that would oppose our passage: the stage immediately after the opening of the A day will bring us inu Cear's camp. Semp. Confusion! I have failed of half my purpose ;

scene, and retaining it till the very catastrophe, Marcia, the charming Marciad 'leli orhind.

he has so determined and fixed the place of ac

tion, that it was impossible for an author on the Well! but though he tells us the hall purpose Grecian stage to break through that unity. I he has tailed of, ne docs not tell us the half that am of opinion, that if a modern tragic poet canı he has carried. But what does he mean by preserve the unity of place without destroying Marcia, the charming Marcia 's left behind?

the probability of the incidents, it is always best He is now in her own house! and we have nei- that unity, as we have taken notice above, he

for him to do it; because, by the preserving of ther seen her

, nor heard of her, any where else, adds grace, and clearness, and comeliness, tu since the play began. But now lei us licar Svthe representation. Eut since there are no exphax:

press rules about it, and we are under no comWhat hinders, then, but that you find her oui,

pulsion to keep it, since we have no chorus as And hurry her away by manly force?

the Grecian poet had, if it cannot be preserved But what does old Syphax mean by finding her without rendering the greater part of the inciout? They talk as it she were as hard to be dents unreasonable and absurd, and perhaps lound as a hare in a frosty morning.

sometimes monstrous, it is certainly better to

break it. Semp. But how to gain admission! Oh! she is found out, then, it seems.

“Now comes bully Sempronius, comically

accoutred and equipped with his Numidian dress But how to gain admission! for access

and his Numidian guards. Let the reader at Is given to none but Juba and her brothers.

tend to him with all his cars; for the words of But, raillery apart, why access to Juba! For he the wise are precious : was owned and received as a lover neither by the

Seip. The deer is lodg'd, I've track'd her to her father nor by the daughter. Well! but let that pass. Syphax pats Sempronius out of pain im

“Now I would fain know why this deer is mediately; and, being a Numidian abounding said to be lodged, since we have heard not one in wiles, supplies him with a stratagem for ad- word, since the play began, of her being at all mission, that, I believe, is a non-pareille.

out of harbour; and if we consider the discourse Syph. Thou shall have Juba's dresi, anı! Juba's with which she and Lucia begin the Act, wo guards.

have reason to believe that they had hardly been The doors will open when Numidia's prince

talking of such matters in the street. However, Srens tappar velore then.

to pleasure Sempronius, let us suppose, for once, “ Sempronius is, it see ns, to pass for Juba that the deer is lodged. in full day, at Cato's house, where they were both so very well known, by having Juba's

The deer is lodg‘d, I've track'd her to her covert. dress and his guards; as if one of the marshals "If he had seen her in the open field, what of France could pass for the Duke of Bavaria at occasion had he to track her, when he had so noonday, at Versailles, by having his dress and many Numidian dogs at his heels, which, with liveries. But how does Syphax pretend to help one halloo, he might have set upon her haunches? Sempronius to young Juba's dress? Does he If he did not see her in the open field, how could serve him in a double capacity, as a general and he possibly track her? If he had seen her in the master of his wardrobe ? But why Juba's guards? street, why did he not set upon her in the street, For the devil of any guards has Juba appeared since through the street she must be carried at with yet. Well! though this is a mighty politic last? Now here, instead of having his thoughts invention, yet, methinks, they might have done upon his business and upon the present danger; without it; for, since the advice that Syphax instead of meditating and contriving how he gave to Sempronius was

shall pass with his mistress through the southern To hurry her away by manly force;

gate, (where ber brother Marcus is upon tho

guard, and where he would certainly prove an in my opinion, the shortest and likeliest way of impediment to him,) which is the Roman word coming at the lady was by demolishing, instead for the baggage ; instead of doing this, Semproof putting on an impertinent disguise to circum- nius is entertaining himself with whimsies: vent two or three slaves. But Sempronius, it seems, is of another opinion. He extols to the Semp. How will the young Numidian rave to see skies the invention of old Syphax :

His mistress lost! li'aught could glad my soul,

Beyond th' enjoyment of no bright a prize, Semp. Hear'ns! what a thought was there!

Twould be to torture that young, gay barbarian.

But, hark! what noise! Death in my hopes! 'lis be, "Now I appeal to the reader if I have not "Tis Juba's sell! There is but one way for! been as good as my word. Did I not tell him, He must be murder'd, and a passage cui that I would lay before him a very wise scene ? Through those his guards.

“But nuw let us lay before the reader that “Pray, what are those his guards ? ! part of the scenery of the fourth Act which may I thought, at present, that Juba's guards had

DISON baen Sempronius's tools, and had been dangling applies what Marcia says to Sempronius. But after his heels.

finding at last, with much ado, that he himself "But now let us sum up all these absurdities is the happy man, he quits his eavedropping, and together. Sempronius goes at noonday, in discovers himself just time enough to prevent Juba's clothes and with Juba's guards, to his being cuckolded by a dead man, of whom Cate's palace, in order to pass for Juba, in a the moment before he had appeared so jealous ; place where they were both so very well known; and greedily intercepts the bliss which was fond he mets Juba there, and resolves to murder him ly designed for one who could not be the better wit's his own guards. Upon the guards appear- for it. But here I must ask a question : how ing a little bashful, he threatens them: comes Juba to listen here, who had not listened Hah! Dasards, do you tremble !

before throughout the play? Or how comes be Or act like men; or, by yon azure heaven- to be the only person of this tragedy who lis“But the guards still remaining restive, Sem- tens, when love

and treason were so often talked pronius himself attacks Juba, while

each of the in so public a place as a hall? I am afraid the guards is representing Mr. Spectator's sign of Author was driven upon all these absurdities pronius's threats. Juba kills Sempronius, and of tragedy, as any thing is which is the effect of tie Gaper, awed, it seems, and terrified by Sem- only to introduce this miserable mistake of Mar takes his own army prisoners, and carries them

result of trick. in triunph away to Cato. Now I would fain know if any part of Mr. Bayes's tragedy is so Act. Cato appears first upon the scene, sitting

“But let us come to the scenery of the fifth fall of absurdity as this?

Upon hearing the clash of swords, Lucia in a thoughtful posture : in his hand 'Flats's und Marcia come in. The question is, why no treatise on the Immortality of the Soul; a drawn in the

governor's hall? Where was the gover- to us. The place, forsooth, is a long hall. Let man come in upon hearing the noise of swords sword on the table by him. Now let us connor himself? Where were his guards? Where us suppose, that any one should place himsell were his servants? Such an attempt as this, so in this posture, in the midst of one of our halls near t'ie person of a governor of a place of war; in London ; that he should appear solus in a yet, for almost half an hour after Sempronius sullen posture, a drawn sword on the table by was killed, we find none of those appear who him; in his hand Plato's treatise on the Immorwore the likeliest in the world to be alarmed: Lintot: I desire the reader to consider, whether and t're noise of swords is made to draw only such a person as this would pass, with them to run away from it upon Lucia and Mar- / who beheld him, for a great patriot, a great phicia's corning in, Lucia appears

in all the symp-losopher

, or a general, or some whimsical pertons of an hysterical gentlewoman:

son, who fancied himself all these? and whether Luc. Sure 'twas the clash of swords! my troubled think that such a person had a design upon their

the people, who belonged to the family, would heart Is so cast down, and sink amidst its sorrows,

midriffs or his own? li chrobs with fear, and aches at every sound!

" In short, that Cato should sit long enough And immediately her old whimsy returns upon in the aforesaid posture, in the midst of this ler:

large ball, to read over Plato's treatise on the

Immortality of the Soul, which is a lecture of O Marcia, should thy brothers, for my sake- two long hours; that he should propose to himI die away with horror at the thought.

self to be private there upon that occasion; that She fancies that there can be no cutting of he should be angry with his son for intruding tırnats, but it must be for her. If this is tragi- there ; then, that he should leave this hall upon cal, I would fain know what is comical. Well! the pretence of sleep, give himself the mortal upon th's they spy the body of Sempronius; wound in his bedchamber, and then be brought and Marcia, deluded by the habit, it seems, back into that hall to expire, purely to show his takes him for Juba ; for, says she,

good-breeding, and save his friends the trouble The face is muffled up within the garment.

of coming up to his bedchamber; all this ap

pears to me to be improbable, incredible, impos“Now, how a man could fight, and fall with sible.” his face muffled up in his garment, is, I think, Such is the censure of Dennis. There is, as a little hard to conceive! Besides, Juba, before Dryden expresses it, perhaps "too much horsehe killed him, knew him to be Sempronius. It play in his raillery;" but if his jests are coarse, was not by his garment that he knew this; it his arguments are strong. Yet, as we love betwas by his face then: his face therefore was ter to be pleased than be taught, “Cato” is read not mumed. Upon seeing this man with his and the critic is neglected. muid face, Marcia falls a-raving; and, own- Flushed with consciousness of these detecing her passion for the supposed defunct, begins tions of absurdity in the conduct, he afterwards to make his funeral oration. Upon which Juba attacked the sentiments, of Cato; but he then enters listening, I suppose on tip-toe; for I can- amused himself with petty cavils and minute not imagine how any one can enter listening in objections. any other posture. I would fain know how it Of Addison's smaller poems, no particular comes to pass, that during all this time he had mention is necessary; they have little that can sent nobody, no, not so much as a candle-snuff-employ or require a critic. The parallel of the er, to take away the dead body of Sempronius. princes and gods, in his verses to Kneller, is Well! but let us regard him listening. Having often happy, but is too well known to be quoted. left his apprehension behind him, he, at first, His translations, so far as I have compared

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them, want the cxactness of a scholar. That whose remarks, being superficial, might be easily ho understood his authors cannot be doubted; understood, and being just, might joepare ibo but his versions will not teach others to under- inind for more attainmen.s. Had he presented stand them, being too licentiously paraphrasti-Paradise Lost” to the public with all the pomp cal. They are, however, for the most part, of system and seve.ity of science, the criticism smooth and easy; and, what is the first excel- would perhaps have been admired, and the lence of a translator, such as may be read with poem still have been neglected; but by the pleasure by those who do not know the origi- blandishments of gentleness and facility he has nals.

made Milton a universal favou;ite, with whom His poetry is polished and pure ; the product readers of every class think it necessary to be of a mind too judicious to commit faults, but pleased. not sufficiently vigorous to attain excellence. He descended now and then to lower disquiHe has sometimes a striking line, or a shining sitions; and by a serious display of the beauties paragraph; but in the whole he is warm rather of “Chevy-Chase,” exposed himself to the ridiihan fervid, and shows more dexterity than cule of Wagstaffe, who bestowed a like pomstrength. He was, bowever, one of our earliest pous character on “'Tom Thumb ;” and to the examples of correctness.

contempt of Dennis, who, considering the sunThe versification which he had learned from damental position of his criticism, that “ChevyDryden he debased rather than refined. His Chase” pleases, and ought to please, because it rhymes are often dissonant; in his “Georgic" is natural, observes, that “there is a way of he admits broken lines. He uses both triplets deviating from nature, by bombast or Iunionr, and Alexandrines, but triplets more frequently which soars above nature, and enlarges images in his translations than his other works. The beyond their real bulk ; by affectation, which mere structure of verses seems never to have en forsakes nature in quest of something unsuitgaged much of his care. But his lines are very able; and by imbecility, which degrades nature smooth in “Rosamond,” and too smooth in by faintness and diininution, by obscuring its « Cato."

appearances, and weakening its effects." In Addison is now to be considered as a critic; “Chevy-Chase” there is not much of cither a name which the present generation is scarcely bombast or aff:ctation ; but there is chill and willing to allow him. His criticism is condemned lifeless imbecility. The story cannot possibly as tentative or experimental, rather than scien- be told in a manner that shall make less impresa tific; and he is considered as deciding by taste* sion on the mind. rather than by principles.

Pefore the profound obsrrvers of the present It is not uncommon for those who have grown race repose too securrly on the consciousness of vise by the labour of others, to add a little of their superiority to Addison, let them consider their own, and overlook their masters. Addison his Remarks on Ovid, in which may be found is now despised by some who perhaps would specimens of criticism sufficiently subtle and renever have seen his defects, but by the lights fined: let them peruse likewise his “ Essays on which he afforded them. That he always wrote Wit” and on the “ Pleasures of Imagination," as he would think it necessary to write now, in which he founds art on the base of nature, cannot be affirmed : bis instructions were such and draws the principles of invention fcm dias the characters of his readers made proper. positions inherent in the mind of man, w th skili That general knowledge which now circulates and elegance,* such as his contemners will not in common talk was in his time rarely to be easily attain. fonnd. Men not professing leaming were not

Aš a describer of life and manners, he must ashamed of ignorance; and, in the female world, be allowed to stand perhaps the first of the filst any acquaintance with hooks was distinguished rank. His humour, which, as Steele observes, only to be censured. His purpose was to infuse is peculiar to himself is so happily diffused as to literary curiosity, by genile and unsuspected give the grace of novelty to domestic scenes and conveyance, into the gay, the idle, and the daily occurrences. He never “outstess the ino. wealthy; he therefore presented knowledge in desty of nature," nor raises merriment or wrnthe most allurig form, not lofty and austere, but der by the violation of truth. His figures neither accessible ard familiar. When he showed them divert by distortion nor amaze by aggiavation. their defects, he showed them likewise that they He copies life with so much tidelity, that he can mig ! be easily supplied. His attempt succeed- be hardly said to invent; yet bis exhibitions ed; inquiry was awakened, and comprehension leave an air so much original, that it is difficult expanded. Anemulation of intellectual elegance to suppose them not merely the products of was excited ; and, from this time to our own, imagination. life has been gradually exalted, and conversation As a teacher of wisdom he may be confidently purified and enlarged.

followed. His religion has nothing in it ent' ua Dryden had, noi many years before, scattered siastic or superstitious; he appears veither criticism over his prefaces with very little par. weakly credulous nor wantonly skeptical; his sinony; but though he sometimes condescended morality is neither dangerously lax nor imprar. to be somewhat familiar, his manner was in ge- ticably rigid. All the enchantment of fancy and ne al too scholastic for those who had yet their all the cogency of argument are employed to rudiments to learn, and found it not easy to un. recommend to the reader his real interest, the derstand their master. His observations were care of pleasing the Author of his being. Truth fruined rather for those that were learning to is shown sometimes as the phantom of a vision; write, than for those that read only to talk, sometimes appears half-veiled in an allego'y;

An instructor like Addison was now wanting, sometimes attracts regard in the robes of fanıy;

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• Tasia must decide. Warton.-C.

• Far, in Dr. Wartons opinion, beyond Dryden.-C.

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