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tender affections and fond endearments of human nature; more especially regarding thofe moral duties which are the trueft fource of mortal blifs-domeftic ties, offices, and obligations.
This code of morality has an advantage over any other of the kind, on account of its not being conducted fyftematically. In all books that treat upon thefe fubjects, the precepts are difpofed methodically, under feparate heads or chapters; as Ambition, Bravery, Conftancy, De.. votion, and fo on to the end of the alphabet; which mode, though useful on account of references, or as a common-place book, cannot be near fo entertaining, and confequently fo well able to answer the utile dulci, as a work of this fort, where the documents rife out of the action immediately before our eyes, and are conftantly varying with the quick fhifting of scenes, perfon, and fubjects; where love fometimes follows war, jealoufy fucceeds friendship, parsimony liberality; and fo proceeding throughout the intire quicquid agunt homines of human life.
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ALONZO, King of Naples.
FERDINAND, Son to the King of Naples.
GONZALO, an honeft old Courtier of Naples,
TRINCULO, a Jefter.
ARIEL, an airy Spirit.
CALIBAN, a favage, and deformed Slave.
MIRANDA, Daughter of Profpero.
N. B. It is to be observed, that in this and all the other Dramatis Perfonæ, I infert the names of those only whom I have brought upon the Scene, in the course of these remarks, either as fpeaking themselves, or being spoken to by others.
HIS Play, and the Midfummer Night's Dream, which in all the latter editions immediately follows it, are confidered by Dr. Warburton, " as the noblef effort of that fub"lime and amazing imagination, peculiar to Shake"fpeare, which foars above the bounds of Nature, "without forfaking Senfe; or, more properly, car"ries Nature along with it, beyond her terrestrial "limits."
He has, indeed, in both thefe exhibitions, created Beings out of all vifible exiftence; or, as he has himself most beautifully expreffed 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 fo fuited to the anomalous perfonages his magic has conjured up, that