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But safer is this funeral pomp, “ That hath aspir'd to Solon's happiness.

Why suffer'st thou thy sons unbury'd yet To hover on the dreadful shore of Styx ?

“ The Greeks upon advice did bury Ajax
“ That slew himself; and wise Laertes' son
Did graciously plead for his funeral.”

“ He would have dropp'd his knife, and fallen asleep, " As Cerberus at the Thracian poet's feet.

“ To bid Æneas tell the tale twice o'er,
“ How Troy was burnt, and he made miserable."

“ Was it well done of rash Virginius, “ To slay his daughter with his own right hand ? '

“ Believe me, queen, your swart Cimmerian

Doth make your honour of his body's hue."

“ But sure some Tereus hath deflowred thee,

And, lest thou should detect him, cut thy tongue."

That, like the stately Phæbe 'mong her nymphs, “ Dost overshine the gallant dames of Rome.”

“ No man shed tears for noble Mutius,
“ He lives in fame that died in virtue's cause."

I tell you younglings, not Enceladus, " With all his threat'ning band of Typhon's brood, Nor great Alcides," &c.

“ I'll dive into the burning lake below,
“ And pull her out of Acheron by the heels."
“ I come, Semiramis ; nay, barbarous Tamora."
“ And faster bound to Aaron's charming eyes,
Than is Prometheus ty'd to Caucasus."
Per Styga, per manes, vehor
Sit fas, aut nefas,
Ad manes fratrum sacrifice his fesh.”
Suum cuique is our Roman justice.

Magni dominator polă,
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" Integer vitæ," &c.

Terras Astræa reliquit." Similar scraps of Latin are found in the old play of King John, and in many other of the dramatick pieces written by our author's predecessors. MALONE.

It must prove a circumstance of consummate mortification to the living criticks on Shakspeare, as well as a disgrace on the memory of those who have ceased to comment and collate, when it shall appear

from the sentiments of one of their own fraternity (who cannot well be suspected of asinine tastelessness, or Gothick pre-possessions,) that we have been all mistaken as to the merits and author of this play. It is scarce necessary to observe that the person exempted from these suspicions is dr. Capell, who delivers his opinion concerning Titus Andronicus in the following words : To the editor's eye, [i. e. his own,] Shakspeare stands confess’d: the third Act in particular may be read with admiration even by the most 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 injustice not to remark, that the grand and pathetick 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 presént.-His heroick brother Marcus kills a fly.

Br. Capell may likewise claim the honour of having produced the new argument which Dr. Farmer mentions in a preceding note.

STEEVENS. To this.note the name of Mr. Malone has hitherto been affixed; but he told me himself that it was written by Mr. Steevens, who, with a jocular air, insisted upon ascribing it to him. I believe, (my late friend added) that when he did so, he was aware of what would follow; for I got all the Capells upon my back in consequence.” I know not why he suffered his name to remain. Perhaps from an unwillingness to acknowledge that he had been the dupe of Mr. Steevens's waggery; but I can see no reason now for not setting the matter right. The note bears no sort of resemblance to Mr. Malone's, manner of expressing himself.

BOSWELL. I agree with such of the commentators as think that Shakspeare had no hand in this abominable tragedy; and consider the correctness with which it is printed, as a kind of collateral proof that he had not. The genuine works of Shakspeare have been handel down to us in-in a' more depraved state than those of any other contemporary writer; which was partly owing to the obscurity of his hand-writing, which appears from the fac-simile prefixed to this edition, to have been scarcely legible, and partly to his total neglect of them when committed to the press. And it is not to be supposed, that he should have taken more pains about the publication of this horrid performance, than he did in that of his noblest productions, M. Mason.

The reader may possibly express some surprize on being told that Titus Andronicus was revived at Lincoln's Inn Fields, 21st of Dec. 1720. The receipt of the house was only 35l. 16s. 6d.

It was acted again at the same theatre 19th of March, 1724, for the benefit of Mr. Quin. Receipt in money 801. 6s. 6d. tickets 641. 145.-1451. (s. 6d.

The characters as follow :-Aaron, Mr. Quin; Titus, Mr. Boheme; Saturninus, Mr. Leigh; Bassianus, Mr. Walker; Lucius, Mr. Ryan; Marcus, Mr. Ogden; Demetrius, Mr. Digges; Chiron, Mr. Ward ; Tamora, Mrs. Egleton ; Lavinia, Mrs. Sterling.

Again, on the 25th of April, for the benefit of Mr. Hurst, a dramatick writer. Receipt in money 181. 2s. tickets 171.38.351. 5s.


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