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Yet if our author's rival pieces (the diftinct property of their subjects considered) are written with equal force, it must ftill be admitted that the latter has more of originality. A novel of confiderable length (perhaps amplified and embellished by the English translator of it) supplied a regular and circumstantial outline for Othello; while a few Night hints collected from separate narratives of Holinshed, were expanded into the sublime and awful tragedy of Macbeth.

Should readers, who are alike conversant with the appropriate excellencies of poetry and painting, pronounce on the reciprocal merits of these great productions, I must suppose they would describe them as of different pedigrees. They would add, that one was of the school of Raphael, the other from that of Michael Angelo; and that if the iteady Sophocles and Virgil should have decided in favour of Othello, the remonftrances of the daring Æschylus and Homer would have claimed the laurel for Macbeth.

To the sentiments of Dr. Lowth respecting the tragedy of Othello, a general elogium on the dramatick works of Shakspeare, imputed by a judicious and amiable critick to Milton, may be not improperly subjoined :

is 'There good reason to suppose (fays my late friend the Rev. Thomas Warton, in a note on L'Allegro,) that Milton threw many additions and corrections into the THEATRUM POETARUM, a book published by his nephew Edward Philips, in 1675. It contains criticisms far above the taste of that period. Among these is the following judgement on Shakspeare, which was not then, I believe, the general opinion."-" In tragedy, never any expressed a more lofty and tragick heighth, never any represented nature more purely to the life: and where the polishments of art are most wanting, as probably his learning was not extraordinary, he pleases with a cer, tain wild and native elegance.". P. 194.

What greater praise can any poct have received, than that of the author of Paradise Loft? STEEVENS.



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