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memory of those who have ceased to comment and collate, when it hall appear, from the sentiments of one of their own fraternity, (who cannot well be fufpected of afinine tastelesfisless, or Gothic prepofieslions) that we have been all inittaken as to the merits and the author of this play. It is {carce necessary to observe, that the perion exempted from thelé suspicions is Mr. Capell, who delivers his opinion concerning Titus Andronicus in the following words : To the editor's eye [i. e. his own] Shakspeare panas confess'!: the third act in particular may be read with admiration even by the moit delicate ; who, if they are not without feelings, may chance to find themselves touch'd by it with such passions as tragedy should excite, that is--terror and pity.”— it were injuitice not to remark, that the grand and pathetic circumstances in this third act, which we are told cannot fail to excite such vehement emotions, are as follows.- -Titus lies down in the dirt.-Aaron chops off his hand.---Saturninus sends him the heads of his two sons and his own hand again, for a present, --His heroic brother Marcus kills a fiy.

998. Capell may likewise claim the honour of having produced the new argument which Dr. Farmes mentions in a prés ceding note. MALONE.


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