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Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty :
Drinks the poifun. *Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kifs I die.
merit of the alterations made in it, than for any fingular reauty of its own; Romeo's surviving till Fuliit awakens, is certamig productive of great beauties, particularly in the acting. Anti, indeed, this play of our author's has met with better success, than any other which has been attempted to be altered : wboever reads Otway's Caius Marius will soon be convinc'd of this; and it is to be with’d, none would prefume to build upon Shakce Spear's foundation, but such as are equal masters with Orway.
THIS play (says Johnson) is one of the most pleasing of out author's performances. The scenes are busy and various, the incidents numerous and important, the catastrophe irresistibly affecting, and the process of the action carried on with such probability, at least with such congruity to popular opinions, as tragedy requires.
Here is one of the few attempts of Shakespear to exhibit the conversation of gentlemen, to represent the airy sprightliness of juvenile elegance. Mr. Dryden mentions a tradition, which might easily reach his time, of a declaration made by Shakespear, that he was obliged to kill Mercutio in the third qui, les he bouid have been killed by him. Yet he thinks him no such formidable person, but that be might have lived through the play, and died in his bed, without danger to a poet. Dạyden well knew, had he been in quest of truth, that, in a pointed sentence, more regard is commonly had to the words than the thought, and that it is very feldoni to be rigorously understood. Mercutio's wit, gaiety, and coue rage, will always procure him friends that wish him a longer life ; but his death is not precipitated, he has lived out the time allotted him in the construction of the play ; nor do I doubt the ability of Shakrípiar to have continued his existence, thougla feme of his fallies are perhaps one of the reach of Dryn; whose çenius was not very fertile of merriment, nor ductile to humour, but acute, argumentative, compuehensive, and sublime.
HE painting is almost the natural man :
For fince dishonour traffics with man's nature, He is but outside : pencil'd figures are Ev'n such as they give out.
SCENE V. The Pleasure of doing Good.
Oh, you gods (think I), what need we have any friends, if we should never have need of 'em ? they would most resemble sweet instruments hung up in cases, that keep their founds to themselves. Why, I have often wish'd myself poorer, that I might come nearer to you: we are born to do benefits. And what better or properer can we call our own, than the riches of our friends ? O, what a precious comfort 'tis to have so many, like brothers, commanding one another's fortunes ?
The Grace of a Cynic Philosopher.
for no man but myself.
ACT II. SCENE IV.
A faithful Stewards
So the gods bless me,
SCENE V. The Ingratitude of Timon's Friends."
They answer in a joint and corporate voice, That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot Do what they would; are forry, you are honourable But yet they could have wisht-they know notSomething had been amifs-a noblé nature May catch a wrench-would all were well—-'tis pity~
(1) Cock,] i. e. a cockloft, garret : and, a wafteful cock, signifies, a garret lying in waste, neglected, put to no use. Oxfo
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And so intending other serious matters,
Tim. You gods reward them!
Miserable Shifts of a false Friend. Ser. My honoured lord
[TO Lucius. Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, Sir; fare thee well, commend me to thy honourable virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend.
Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath sent
Lui. Ha! what hath he sent? I am so endeared to that lord; he's ever sending : how shall I thank him, think'st thou ? and what hath he sent now?
Ser. H'as only sent his present occafion now, my lord; requesting your lordship to supply his inftant use, with fifty talents. Luc. I know his lordship is but merry
he cannot want fifty-five hundred talents.
Ser. But in the mean time he wants less, my lord.
Luc. Doft thou speak serioufiy, Servilius ?
Against (2) Fractions] i, e. These breaks in speech : such as are exc prent above.