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His brother, and yours, abide all three distracted;
riel. Mine would, for, were i human.
oro the NIGHT'S DRE A M.
And they hall be themselves. Chis last passage closes the moral scene of the e most beautifully; in riling, by degrees, to the mit of all Ethic and Christian virtue, humanity
forgiveness. I shall, therefore, also conclude my arks upon this performance, with an allusion to
face in Horace, where he draws a contralt be.
os One with a flash begins, and ends in smoke;
Roscommon's Translation of the Art of Poetry,
THESEUS, Duke of Athens.
W O M E N. HIPPOLITA, Princess of the Amazons, betrothed to
Theseus. Hermia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander. Helena, in love with Demetrius.
T Shall not trouble my readers with the Fable of
this piece, as I can see no general moral that can be deduced from the Argument; nor, as I hinted before *, is there much sentiment to be collected even from the Dialogue. But whatever harvest can be gleaned from this unfruitful field, I shall endeavour to pick up, as becomes a faithful steward of the farm.
HESEUS, Duke of Athens. „YSANDER, in love with Hermia. PEMETRIUS, in love with Hermia. HILOSTRATE, Master of the Sports to Theseus, İBeron, King of the Fairies. 'uck, a Fairy.
W O M E N. [IPPOLITA, Princess of the Amazons, betrothed to
Theseus. Termia, Daughter to Egeus, in love with Lylanders lelena, in love with Demetrius.
ACT 1. SCENE I.
Theseus to Hermia. To yake your father should be as a God, One that composed your beauties; yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax By him im printed ; and within his power To leave the figure, or disfigure it. In this speech, the pious notion of the Antients, with regard to this relation, while genuine Nature was their fole Preceptor, is fully expressed. Here the duty of children to their parents, is indeed carried to the height; and yet, methinks, not at all too far. They are the objects of our earliest affections, of our first deference, of our primary obligacions. Even superstition, in this case, as far at least as implicit obedience extends, exceeds not true devotion.
The Decalogue was originally written on two tables; five in each. The first refers solely to Keligion ; the second, to Morality, only. To honour pour parents, therefore, as falling within the former
of obligations, is, by this distinction, made one
• Preface to the Tempeft, paragraph 4th.
of our pious duties; as through them we honour the
Thus far, by way of general reflection, only; for I must, notwithstanding, admit, that the particular instance of the daughter's compliance, exacted by the father, in this piece, of resigning an husband of her own choice, upon equal terms, and accepting another, chosen arbitrarily for her, by caprice merely, was too severe a trial of obedience. Egeus here, like Abraham, would sacrifice his child at the altar, not only without the command of God, but contrary to his express purpose, proclaimed aloud by the voice of Nature, and further confirmed from the deductions of virtuous affection, free will, and rational election.
When I said that the duty of a child was natural, I did not mean to invest the parent with an authority which was not so; and I cannot blame Hermia, therefore, upon the severe laws of Athens being declared to her, for the chaste and spirited resolution fhe frames to herself on that occasion.
So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,
S CE N'E II.
· with other fitness of circumstances, are seldom found
Could ever hear, by tale or history,
tree should by way of gendmit, that the aged by the
f our pious duties; as through them we honour the
the idea and exercise of a child's obedience and
tree should fail of producing its natural fruit ! - Thus far, by way of general reflection, only; for must, notwithstanding, admit, that the particular istance of the daughter's compliance, exacted by the Ether, in this piece, of resigning an husband of her wn choice, upon equal terms, and accepting another, hofen arbitrarily for her, by Caprice merely, was 20 severe a trial of obedience. Egeus here, ibraham, would sacrifice his child at the altar, nc / moder nly without the command of God, but contrary tal fondo is express purpose, proclaimed aloud by the voice i f Nature, and further confirmed from the deduce ons of virtuous affection, free will, and rational ection.
When I said that the duty of a child was nature, did not mean to invest the parent with an authors hich was not so; and I cannot blame Herning herefore, upon the severe laws of Athens being de Tared to her, for the chaste and spirited resolut.c? ne frames to herself on that occasion.
So will I grow, fo live, so die, my lord,
un choice; trarily for obedience.mild at the antreno 10 fevere would facrificed of Godould be the
In this scene we are charmed with that mildness, modelty, and generous eulogium, with which the fond and unhappy Helena accosts a rival beauty, and woo'd by the man she loves.
Hermia. God speed, fair Helena! whither away?
Demetrius loves you, fair-- happy fair !
Splex, for a sudden or hafty fit.