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His brother, and yours, abide all three distracted;
And the remainder mourning over them,
Brimfull of forrow and dismay; but chiefly,
Him that you térmed the good old lord Gonzalo;
His tears run dowe his beard, like winter drops
From caves of reels; your charm so firongly works them,
That if you now bebeld them, your, aficdims
Would become tender.
respero. Dost thou think so, Spirit?

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riel. Mine would, for, were i human.
ro pero. And mine shall.
Haft thou, which art but air, a touch, a feeling
Of their afflictions, and shall not myself,
One of their kind, obat relish all as farply,
Paffion'd as they, be kindlier moved than ihou art ?
Though with their high wrongs I am struck to the quick,
Pit with my nobler reason, 'gainfi my fury
Do I take part. The rarır action is .
In virtue than in vengeance. They being penitent,
The fole drift of my purpose doch extend
Not a frown further. Go, release then, Ariel ;
My charms I'll break, their fenses I'll restore,

MIDSUMMER

oro the NIGHT'S DRE A M.

And they hall be themselves. Chis last passage closes the moral scene of the e most beautifully; in riling, by degrees, to the mit of all Ethic and Christian virtue, humanity

forgiveness. I shall, therefore, also conclude my arks upon this performance, with an allusion to

face in Horace, where he draws a contralt be.
en Mævius and Homer, which is perfectly appli-
le to our author, when compared with almoft
other Dramatic writer who has ever attempted
marvellous:

os One with a flash begins, and ends in smoke;
The other out of smoke brings glorious light,
« And without railing expectation high,
« Surprizes us with dazzling miracles.

Roscommon's Translation of the Art of Poetry,

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THESEUS, Duke of Athens.
LYSANDER, in love with Hermia.
Demetrius, in love with Hermia. -
PhilosTRATE, Master of the Sports to Theseus,
OBERON, King of the Fairies.
Puck, a Fairy.

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W O M E N. HIPPOLITA, Princess of the Amazons, betrothed to

Theseus. Hermia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander. Helena, in love with Demetrius.

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Dramatis Personæ.

T Shall not trouble my readers with the Fable of

this piece, as I can see no general moral that can be deduced from the Argument; nor, as I hinted before *, is there much sentiment to be collected even from the Dialogue. But whatever harvest can be gleaned from this unfruitful field, I shall endeavour to pick up, as becomes a faithful steward of the farm.

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HESEUS, Duke of Athens. „YSANDER, in love with Hermia. PEMETRIUS, in love with Hermia. HILOSTRATE, Master of the Sports to Theseus, İBeron, King of the Fairies. 'uck, a Fairy.

W O M E N. [IPPOLITA, Princess of the Amazons, betrothed to

Theseus. Termia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lylanders lelena, in love with Demetrius.

ACT 1. SCENE I.

Theseus to Hermia. To yake your father should be as a God, One that composed your beauties; yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax By him im printed ; and within his power To leave the figure, or disfigure it. In this speech, the pious notion of the Antients, with regard to this relation, while genuine Nature was their fole Preceptor, is fully expressed. Here the duty of children to their parents, is indeed carried to the height; and yet, methinks, not at all too far. They are the objects of our earliest affections, of our first deference, of our primary obligacions. Even superstition, in this case, as far at least as implicit obedience extends, exceeds not true devotion.

The Decalogue was originally written on two tables; five in each. The first refers solely to Keligion ; the second, to Morality, only. To honour pour parents, therefore, as falling within the former

of obligations, is, by this distinction, made one

• Preface to the Tempeft, paragraph 4th.

of

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of our pious duties; as through them we honour the
Creator, who ordained this relation between us. This
precept, then, should seem to have a double tie upon
us, as partaking both of piety and morals ; and there-
fore, however the latter bond may chance to be
cancelled, the first ought never to be dispensed
with.
• In fine, there is something so fond and endearing
in the idea and exercise of a child's obedience and
deference towards a parent, that how rotten must
the root be, or how blighted the branches, if such
a tree should fail of producing its natural fruit !

Thus far, by way of general reflection, only; for I must, notwithstanding, admit, that the particular instance of the daughter's compliance, exacted by the father, in this piece, of resigning an husband of her own choice, upon equal terms, and accepting another, chosen arbitrarily for her, by caprice merely, was too severe a trial of obedience. Egeus here, like Abraham, would sacrifice his child at the altar, not only without the command of God, but contrary to his express purpose, proclaimed aloud by the voice of Nature, and further confirmed from the deductions of virtuous affection, free will, and rational election.

When I said that the duty of a child was natural, I did not mean to invest the parent with an authority which was not so; and I cannot blame Hermia, therefore, upon the severe laws of Athens being declared to her, for the chaste and spirited resolution fhe frames to herself on that occasion.

So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship; to whose unwished yoke
My foul confents not to give sovereignty,

S CE N'E II.
Lysander, the suitor elect of Hermia, here makes
an observation upon the state of love, which is too
often verified in life : That a sympathy of affections,

· with other fitness of circumstances, are seldom found
to meet together, so as to compleat an happy
union.
Lyfander. Ah me! for aught that ever I could read,

Could ever hear, by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth;
But either it was different in blood
Or elfe misgrafted in respect of years
Or else it ftood upon the choice of friends-
Or if there were a sympathy in choice,
War, Death, or Sickness did lay siege to it;
Making it momentary as a sound,
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That in a spleen • unfolds both heaven and earth,
And ere a man hath power to say, Behold!
The jaws of darkness do devour it up:
So quick bright things come to confusion!

tree should by way of gendmit, that the aged by the

SCENE III.

f our pious duties; as through them we honour the
Creator, who ordained this relation between us. This
recept, then, should seem to have a double tie upon
3, as partaking both of piety and morals; and there.
vre, however the latter bond may chance to be
incelled, the first ought never to be dispensed
ith.
In fine, there is something so fond and endearing

the idea and exercise of a child's obedience and
-ference towards a parent, that how rotten mut
ne root be, or how blighted the branches, if such

tree should fail of producing its natural fruit ! - Thus far, by way of general reflection, only; for must, notwithstanding, admit, that the particular istance of the daughter's compliance, exacted by the Ether, in this piece, of resigning an husband of her wn choice, upon equal terms, and accepting another, hofen arbitrarily for her, by Caprice merely, was 20 severe a trial of obedience. Egeus here, ibraham, would sacrifice his child at the altar, nc / moder nly without the command of God, but contrary tal fondo is express purpose, proclaimed aloud by the voice i f Nature, and further confirmed from the deduce ons of virtuous affection, free will, and rational ection.

When I said that the duty of a child was nature, did not mean to invest the parent with an authors hich was not so; and I cannot blame Herning herefore, upon the severe laws of Athens being de Tared to her, for the chaste and spirited resolut.c? ne frames to herself on that occasion.

So will I grow, fo live, so die, my lord,
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
Unto his lordship; to z bole unwijbed joke
My foul contents not to give jovereignty.

un choice; trarily for obedience.mild at the antreno 10 fevere would facrificed of Godould be the

In this scene we are charmed with that mildness, modelty, and generous eulogium, with which the fond and unhappy Helena accosts a rival beauty, and woo'd by the man she loves.

Hermia. God speed, fair Helena! whither away?
Helena. Call you me fair ? that fair again unsay ;

Demetrius loves you, fair-- happy fair !
Your eyes are load-stars t, and your tongue's sweet air
More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear,
When wheat is green, when hawthorn buds appear.
Sickness is catching-Oh! were favour so!
Yours would I catch, fair Hermia, ere I go;
My car should catch your voice ; my eye your eye ;
My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.
Were the world mine, Demetrius being 'bated,
The rest I'd give to be to you translated
O teach me how you look, and with what art
You sway the motion of Demetrius' heart !

Splex, for a sudden or hafty fit.
Tiwe polar par, by which mariners are guided in their course.

Hermia

SCENE II.
Lysander, the suitor eleet of Hermia, here makes
i observation upon the state of love, which is a
ften verified in life: That a sympathy of affectio.

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