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Douglas. . .
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Mr. GRAY offers an opinion upon this tragedy so consonant with that of the present writer, that he claims permission to cite it, as, poetically, an authority perhaps the highest. “I am greatly struck with “the tragedy of Douglas, though it has infinite faults: “the author seems to have retrieved the true lan“guage of the stage, which has been lost for these “hundred years; and there is one scene between Ma“tilda and the old peasant so masterly, that it strikes “ me blind to all the defects in the world.” --
This tragedy abounds in nervous pićturesque and pathetic writing; the chief incidents are extračted from an ancient Scottish Ballad, entitled CHILD MAURIce.—To supply curiosity with a reference at hand, it is here printed correctly:—
Child Maurice was an erle's son
It was nae for his great riches,
But for his dame, a lady gay
“Hail! hall ! my gentle sire and dame!
* Dame, ye maun to the grenewode gae,
* Ye're bidden tak this gay mantel,