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For lofty sense,
Shakspeare was the man, who, of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul. All the images of Nature were still present to him, and he drew them not laboriously, but luckily : when he describes any thing, you more than see it, you feel it too. Those, who accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation : he was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read Nature; he looked inwards, and found her there.
1. Robin Goodfellow, (Midsummer Night's Dream,) from a
Painting by Reynolds. Frontispiece.
MERCHANT OF VENICE.
2. Shylock, Jessica, and Launcelot.-Smirke.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
6. A Wood. Puck.-Fuseli. . . . . .
LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST. 9. Princess, Rosaline, &c.-Hamilton. . . . . . 10. Dull, Holofernes, Sir Nathaniel, Jaquenetta, &c.—Wheatley. 11. Princess and Ladies.-Ditto. . . . . . . .
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