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All that follows is solemn, fad, and deeply affecting
Whatever in Hamlet belongs to the præternatural, is perfectly fine; the rest of the play does not come within the subject of this chapter.
The ingenious criticism on the play of the Tempest, published in the Adventurer, has made it unnecessary to enlarge on that admirable piece, which alone would prove our Author to have had a fertile, a sublime, and original genius.
HIS piece is perhaps one of the
greatest exertions of the tragic and poetic powers, that any age, or any country has produced. Here are opened new fources of terror, new creations of fancy. The agency of Witches and Spirits excites a species of terror, that cannot be effected by the operation of human agency, or by any form or disposition of human things. For the known limits of their
capacities set certain bounds to our apprehenfions; mysterious horrors, undefined terrors, are raised by the intervention of beings, whose