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ling all the world how ardently I Love and Honour You; and that I am with the utmost Gratitude for all Your Favours,
moft Obedient and
most Humble Servant,
N° 39. Saturday, April 14, 1711.
Multa fero, ut placem genus irritabile vatum
S a perfect Tragedy is the noblest Production of hu. man Nature, so it is capable of giving the Mind one
of the moft delightful and most improving Entertainments. A virtuous Man (says Seneca) strugling with Misfortunes, is such a Spectacle as Gods might look upon with Pleasure : And such a Pleasure it is which one meets with in the Representation of a well
written Tragedy, Diversions of this kind wear out of our Thoughts every thing that is mean and little. They cherish and cultivate that Humanity which is the Ornament of our Nature. They foften Insolence, footh Affliction, and subdue, the Mind to the Dispensations of Providence.
IT is no wonder therefore that in all the polite Nations of the World, : this Part of the Drama has met with publick Encouragement.
THE modern Tragedy excels that of Greece and Rome, in the Intricacy and Disposition of the Fable; but, what a Chriftian Writer would be ashamed to own, falls infinitely short of it in the Moral part of the Performance.
THIS I may shew more at large hereafter; and in the mean time, that I may contribute something towards the Improvement of the English Tragedy, I fhall take notice, in this and in other following Papers, of fome particular Parts in it that seem liable to Exception.
ARISTOTLE observes, that the lambick Verse in the Greek Tongue was the most proper for Tragedy: Because at the fame time that it lifted up the Discourse from Prose, it was that which
approached nearer to it than
is such a due Medium