An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear: Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets. With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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... Peindre Caton galant , & Brutus damoret . The Horatii are represented no less
obfequious in their address to their king , than the courtiers of the grand
monarque . Theseus is made a mere sighing fwain . Many of the greatest men of
If Shakespear had not preserved the Roman character and sentiments , in his
play of the Death of Julius Cæsar , we should have abhorred Brutus as an Affaffin
, who by this artifice appears a Tyrannicide : and had not Mr . Addison made Cato
Brutus replies to Cafe fius ' s proposal to kill Cæfar : . . . . . . . BRUTUS . Our
course will seem too bloody , Caius Caffius , To cut the head off , and then hack
the limbs . " . Like wrath in death , and envy afterwards : For Antony is but a limb
Brutus , in his soliloquy , meditating on what Caffius had been urging concerning
Cæsar , thus expresses his apprehension , that imperial power may change the
conduct of the man . BRUTUS . ' Tis a common proof , That lowliness is young ...
Thus Mr . Voltaire translates it : BRUTUS . On fait affez quelle est l ' ambition . L '
échelle des grandeurs à ses yeux se présentes Elle y monte en cachant son front
aux spectateurs ; Et quand elle est haut , alors elle se montre ; Alors jusques au ...
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review