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A sort of creeping kind of lethargy.--.
Are you e'er leiz'd thus ? Hah! here comes my antidote. Titus. Brutus! true; he's a doctor for the spleen. ;.
You mention'd Delphos; when we two went thither
. As loth to leave a place so fine, he fell Over the threshold, and plough'd up the grounds
Fixing his face i' th' earth.
You may remember
Brutus, where so fast? Why, thou art running like a loaded, horse. - Aruns. Or like a slave with fetters on his legs.
What! have the Rutili attack'd the camp,
That thou art posting in this plaguy hurry?
On special ord’nance from the king; farewel,
I muit return again.
But wert thou sent
Which thou hast well remembered to deliver.
But in the multitude of public cares
Memory is such a thing as
As a cart-wheel.
And round-sometimes I think my head is turn'd.
Have you, my Lord ? !
visi. Into A a 4
Into my brain ! Yet so I fear 'twould split
My head, as air hot up does water bubbles.
To make a wit? I had it from the Sibyl,
Her books at such a rate.
Pray let me see it ;
All the king my cousin :
And takes the trouble off my hands.
: Who told thee so ? Brutus. The king himself.- Now twenty years are past,
And more, when he sent for me from the farm
And such' like serious matters,
Qf thy rare, hidden knowledge,
Yes, yes, all men
Live, and be happy ; the ingenuous heart,
Aruns. Aye, 'is a simple manners-speaking face.
These thy qualities,
Of damn'd conspiracy against thy sovereign-
As for thy land, to ease thee of all care,
Of thee, is gratitude:
... And art thou nat
Will I forget it ! 'ris my constant prayer
For wit you told me of.
Oh-take it gratis
Firft then ; attend with caution-- But the message
You brought from Tarquin.--
And say you're coming ?
If thou wilt, good Brutus ;
And follow at thy leisure. [Exeunt Aruns and Titus. Brutus alone. Yet, 'tis not this which ruffles me-the gibes
And scornful mockeries of ill-govern'd youth
To late old age ; and may posterity
of 1 pla
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We confess ourselves to be in the number of those who wish that the less studied diction, and more plain and level metre of the school of that immortal poet (which seems to have ended with Southern) had been continued to the prefent time,' And as far as our Author has adopted the diction of the school of Shakespeare, we approve of his dialogue, which is often flowing, easy, nervous, and characteristic; but it cannot be de. nied that it often sinks into gross familiarity and meanness, and sometimes goes in such a hobbling pace, and falls into such low expressions, that it cannot with justice be termed even 'meae fured profe.'
A diversification of character' bath not only been attempted in this play, but in many instances successfully executed: nor can we think with the Writer, that his piece is, on that account, less proper for the stage, or less adapted to the multitude. The stage and the multitude are equally favourable to pieces of character, and receive, with equal coldness, such dramas as are void of that ingredient; which is the chief reason why so many tragedies (tince the days of Southern) have cc strutted and fretted their short hour upon the stage, and then been heard no more !"
It is a very unfortunate circumstance for an Author to indulge his self-complacency so far, as to take it for granted that his taste and abilities are superior to the age in which his works are published. This idea is the parent of slovenliness and inaccuracy; and there is in the piece before us, if we may hazard the expression, a kind of laboured incorrectness; the Author seeming to disdain the trouble of giving the necessary compactness to his fable, or the last polish to his style.
Notwithstanding these defects, which it was our duty to ob. serve, this historical tragedy abounds with uncommon beauties of language and situation, and much exquifite delineation of character, all which excellencies would be still 'heightened, if the Author would vouchsafe to amend the irregularities, and Supply the deficiencies, which would, in its present state, prove the only obstacles to its success in theatrical representation. Such corrections would also render it ftill more pleasing in the clofet.
Art: VIII. The Hifory of Edinburgh. By Hago Arnot, Esq; Ad
4t0. 11. 5 s. Boards. Edinburgh printed; fold by Murray in London. 1779. N the viciffitudes and accidents which characterise the hil
I story of towns, we find, in general, chany important objects
of research and curiofity's but when the towns described have the peculiarity of being the capitals of a nation, the instruction communicated is of che greater moment, and the materials
of the author are the more connected with great events. The plan of the work before us was originally of a limited nature; and we are informed, by Mr. Arnot, that it grew into its prefent magnitude from his attention to a variety of matter which tended to illustrate the state of manners in Scotland, and to throw a new light upon its public tranfactions. There is nothing, indeed, which appears more certain, than that the affairs of a kingdom and its capital are deeply interwoven. To give a wide range to inquiry and investigation is, of confequence, the most instructive method which can be adopted in works of this kind.
The minuteness of this Historian will, perhaps, be considered, by some readers, as a merit. The search which he acknowledges was made by him into most of the public records of Scotland, was highly proper. The colleges of St. Andrews, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh consented to afford him the aids he required ; and to several private gentlemen he returns his acknowledgments for the politeness of their communications.
Whatever has a particular relation to the city of Edinburgh, in the civil and ecclefiaftical history of Scotland, is detailed by this laborious Inquirer, and furnishes such materials as are the most capable of composition and ornament. The manners of the Scottish nation, the prices of provisions, and the value of money, engage his attention. He describes the public buildings of Edinburgh, its religious houses, its population, and its amusements. He treats of the legislative and the judicial afsemblies; and, on this subject, he advances the evidence of many improper acts of magistrates. His freedom and spirit, in this particular, are worthy of praise, as they have, in view the promotion of the interests of liberty and mankind.
The account he has given of the Court of Justiciary in Scotland will afford entertainment to our Readers, and will be accepted as a specimen from which they may form a judgment of the abilities of the Author :
It has been already explained, that the Justice-ayre, or Court of Justiciary, was the supreme court, civil as well as criminal, over the barons, and those residing within their domains. After the original Court of Session was instituted, it still retained its civil jurisdiction ; but, upon the erection of the College of Justice, the authority of the Court of Justiciary was restricted to criminal affairs. The judges were the Lord Justice General, Justice Clerk, and certain asferfors added to them by the Privy Council, who were chosen from among persons not versant in the laws, and whose commisions only lasted during the particular trials upon which they were appointed to pre. fide. A conftitution * so highly improper, was altered by Charles II. and the court modelled into its present form. It now consists of the
# Charles II. parl, 2. feft: 3. c. 26.'