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Selected from his
He was a Man, take him for all in all,
Punted for (Keansley
, ut 1.95, in Thet Strat -1783.
Price Half a Crown Sewed.
PR. EF A C E.
HE excellencies of our great Dramatic Poet are so well known, and so universally acknowledged, that it may seem unnecessary to dwell on perfections which every one confesses, and which even Envy itself has no longer the effrontery to deny. If any author is entitled to the appellation of a Universal Genius, on whom can that honourable distinction be more readily conferred, than on him, who, with the most subtle penetration, has pierced through the dark developements of the human heart ; who has painted the most beautiful scenes of Nature; who has given life and action to Virtue? inculcating the noblest lyitem of morality, and animating mankind to tread those steps which lead to the happiness of individuals, and, in consequence, to the general good of the Community ?
Poetry too often is considered as a mere relief, to fill up the vacancy of indolence, or to diffipate the languor of difipation; and so feldom is it employed in effecting its noblest purposes, that the neglect of it can neither be wondered at, nor condemned. It is, however, calculated to answer ends more important than the gratification of idleness : the purposes of amusement are, and ought to be, only its secondary considerations. It has, for its ultimate object, the intereit and welfare of society; and, if properly directed, may be made instrumental in enlarging the mind, "extending the views; and, by supplying materials for reflection, imperceptibly leads mankind to the knowledge and practice of virtue.