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Mr. Pepys, as we know, thought the like moods of the greatest of human intelMidsummer - Night's Dream "the most lects. Thus reflecting, we think of anothinsipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in er great intellect, Darwin's, and rememmy life.” Indeed, Mr. Pepys lived in an- bering how this philosopher lived to find other world than Shakespeare's, and per- Shakespeare intolerable and nauseously haps the pieee is too ethereal for the dull, we make an easy choice between stage. But no mortal work, in the read- knowledge and poetry. For wherein is a
ing of it, brings us so near to our "angel man advantaged if he discovers that we infancy," and so close to the gates of the all grew out of protozoa, or whatever they lost Paradise of innocence. It is charged were, and finds nauseous dulness in the with no great burden of passion or of Midsummer Night's Dream? To this comwisdom, save in the kind and wise words plexion may money-getting and a loose of Theseus on loyalty; it is all compact life bring Mr. Pepys, as the grinding of of mere beauty and friendly mirth; and, general laws out of piles of facts brought where all is marvellous, as in Shake Mr. Darwin to a similar conclusion. Perspeare, contains a new miracle of its own, haps civilization should lead, or must lead, an imagination glad, gay, and tender, a to these wonderful results. If so, happy new mood among the countless, the god- are we who were born to other things.