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LONDON: o PRINTED FOR LONG MAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BRow N, o 4 PATERXOSTER-RO7.

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Douglas is written by Home, the only living author of a living tragedy. This is the play, which Garrick refused for its simplicity of fable, incident, and poetry. Choice simplicity' on which has been founded its best claim to longevity. To what particular cause can this dramatic false judgment of our great Roscius be attributed? Not, assuredly, to his want of taste to admire the work,+ but to his want of reverence for the taste of the public. He conjectured, that, because his audience loved the common pomp of common tragedies, they would reluctantly yield the splendid scene of courts, or the camp of military tyrants, with high-sounding words and verse, in exchange for domestic interest, plain sense, and true poetical composition. He did not consider, that, deceived or depraved as public opinion too frequently is, there is yet a certain magic in all that is near perfection, by which even ignorance and prejudice are charmed. Such was the event, when Douglas was first brought upon a London stage, after having passed its ordeal at the theatre of Edinburgh; not far distant from those very domains which the

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