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M A G A ZI N E

FOR

TOWN AND COUNTRY.

VOL. XIV.

JULY TO DECEMBER, 1836.

LONDON:

JAMES FRASER, 215 REGENT STREET;

AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS AND NEWSMEN

IN TOWN AND COUNTRY.

NER

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LONDON:
PRINTED BY JAMES MOYES,

Eastho Sirvet, Leicester Square.

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Of Hamlet.

“ So Ecstasy,
Fantastic Dotage, Madness, Frenzy, Rapture
Of mere Imagination, differ partly
From MELANCHOLY, wbich is briefly thus :
A mere commotion of the Mind - overcharged
With Fear and Sorrow, first began i' th' brain,
The seat of Reason ; and from thence derived
As suddenly into the heart, the seat

Of our affections.”_ Ford's Lovers.
SHAKESPEARE has written plays, and

** The heartach, these plays were acted; and they suc

And the thousand natural shocks the flesh ceeded ; and by their popularity the

is heir to;" author achieved a competency, on human infirmities, human afflictions, which he was enabled to retire from and supernatural agency, are so blended the turmoils of a theatrical life to the -questions and considerations of Meenjoyment of a friendly society and lancholy, of Pathology, Metaphysics, his own thoughts. Yet am I well and Demonology, are so intertangled convinced, it is impossible that any --the powers of man's Will, wbich are one of Shakespeare's dramatic works well nigh almighty, and the dictates of and especially of his tragedies, touch- inexorable Fate, are brought into such ing one of which I mean to speak an appalling yet dim collision, that to ever could be satisfactorily represented wring a meaning from a work else inupon the stage. Laying aside all other scrutable requires the exercise of every reasons, it would be, in the first place, faculty, and renders it necessary that necessary to have a company such as an incident should escape the was never yet assembled and no money observation, that not a word should be could at any time have procured - a passed over, without being scanned company, namely, in which every actor curiously. should be a man of mind and feeling: Hamlet is, even more peculiarly than for in these dramas every part is a Lear, or Macbeth, or Othello, a play for character, fashioned by the touch of the study. And not this alone; for Genius; and, therefore, every part is it is, in good sooth, a work for the important. But of no play is this more high student, who, through the earneststrictly true than it is of that strange, ness of his Love, the intensity of his and subtle, and weird-work, Hamlet. Thoughts, the pervading purity of his

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