« PreviousContinue »
BY SIR RICHARD STEELE.
AS PERFORMED AT THE
THEATRE-ROYAL, IN COVENT-GARDEN.
REGULATED FROM THE PROMPT-BOOKS,
By Permission of the Manager.
"The Lines distinguished by inverted Commas, are omitted in the Representation.
for the Proprietors, under the Direllion of
JOHN BELL, British Library, STRAND,
This play is a very finished production in sentiment
and language. If nothing more be needed than a ** sensible display of virtue to make men happy, good,
and wise, we know no comedy that more merits to be i
at all times popular.
Yet an admirer of the old comedy rises fatigued from this piece as from a tedious lesson. It is as fine as Seneca, as profitable too, but weak humanity requires to be diverted into a sense of duty, and for risibility here is no food.
Perhaps, morally speaking, it is dangerous also to hold up for distinguished admiration the performance of mere duty. It weakens the influence of goodness, to tell mankind it is so rare among them.