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mind in its regular state of reason, fo no one ever so happily caught its varying forms in the wanderings of delirium.
The scene in which Macduff is informed of the murder of his wife and children, is fo celebrated, that it is not necessary to enlarge upon its merit.
We feel there, how much a just imitation of natural fentiments on such a tender occasion, is more pathetic than chosen terms and studied phrases. As in the foregoing chapter I have made fome observations on our author's management of the Præternatural Beings, I forbear to enlarge further on the subject of the witches : that he has kept clofely to the traditions concerning them, is very fully fet forth in the notes of a learned commentator on his works.
This piece may certainly be deemed one of the best of Shakespear's compositions, , and, though it contains some faulty speeches, and one whole scene entirely absurd and im
proper, which art might have corrected or lopped away ; yet genius, powerful genius only, (wild nature's vigour working at the root !) could have produced such strong and original beauties, and adapted both to the general temper and taste of the age in which it appeared,