Puslapio vaizdai

Page 88.

We shall now see the pretty Helen in that drefs, in which she has barefoot plodded the cold ground, in her pilgrimage to St. Jacques—led thither by pure love. The old Widow, and her beauteous daughter, will of course he introduced; to whom this holy pilgrim may be addreffing her


Please it this matron, and this gentle maid,
To eat with us to-night; the charge and thanking,
Shall be for me.

The pilgrim's dress in Gravelot's print to Theobald's edition, is wanting in that grace which we often meet with in his defign's. † The


The late Thomas Davies fpeaks more candidly of her:

Helen's love is as honeft as her parentage. It appears throughout the whole play, that the pafion of this fweet girl is of the nobleft kind: "Nature, fays Shakespeare in Hamlet, is fine in love;" that is, it purifies and refines our paffions. Before marriage Helen diminishes the blemishes of Parolles, because he is the conftant companion of Bertram, and after marriage, though fhe might reafonably exclaim against the feducer of her husband, with the utmost delicacy fhe restrains herfelf from the leaft reproach: nay, converts a question, implying cenfure, to a mark of honour..


It is fcarce. pardonable to pass over the spirited lines with which the widow's daughter encounters Bertram, in p. 88, without wifhing they may give rife to fome animated (half-length) portraits of them, from the words :

Mine honour's fuch a ring:

My chastity's the jewel of our houfe.-

most pleasing stile of engraving, for this propofed print of Helen, would be that, in which Celia appears: a beautiful coloured print from after Kauffman, and engraved by Bartolozzi. The drefs may be likewise partly gathered from the print of Helen in Bell's last edition. And fee a lately published print of a Nun. I do not immediately recollect its title; but I think it is defigned from a poem of Mr. Jerningham's.


A MOST interesting portrait of Helen, may be taken from page 79, as fondly fupplicating her abfent husband :—

Poor lord! is't I

That chafe thee from thy country, and expofc

Those tender limbs of thine to the event

Of the none-fparing war? and is it I

That drive thee from the sportive court, where thou

Waft shot at with fair eyes, to be the mark

Of smoky muskets? O you leaden meffengers,
That ride upon the violent speed of fire,
Fly with falfe aim.——

SHE may be drawn in half-length, in the ftyle which is recommended for page 88-and a perufal of the whole of her tender address in this prefent

The dress of Bertram, might be partly taken from Bell's first edition; and partly from a very fpirited figure in the print of Tarquin and Lucrece, engr. by Basan, from after Luc. Jordans; and the features of Bertram, might poffefs fomewhat more (perhaps) of that keen impatience which is fo finely expreffed in this print. It appears from what the Clown fays in p. 128, that Bertram should have one of the delicate fine hats, and most courteous feathers.

prefent page 79, will be the beft guide, and the beft incitement to an artift, for producing a fpirited and graceful portrait of this sweet dejected girl. *

* SHE would appear well in page 149: as faying-Tis but the shadow of a wife you fee-but it would be impoffible to receive any fatisfaction in introducing Bertram with her; for the reafons given by Dr. Johnfon, in his concluding obfervations on this play. If the were to appear in this page, fhe might poffefs fomething of that foftened melancholy which is feen in the figure of Mifs Macklin, in Bell's first edition-or there might be a group of half-lengths, of the King, Countefs, and the other characters, looking affectionately on her.

THE King himself might be well drawn from page 138, as faying:

Or, as faying:

This ring was mine.

Had you that craft, to reave her

Of what fhould ftead her most ?

A LIST of fuch Prints as have been published from this play. Those I have not feen, are printed in Italics.

1. Bell's two editions.

2. Hanmer.

3. Theobald.

4. Rowe.

5. A cut by Fourdrinier, in an edition, in 8 vol. 8vo. printed for Tonfon, 1735

6. Pope.

7. Lowndes.

8. Taylor's



No author had ever fo copious, fo bold, fo creative an imagination, with fo perfect a knowledge of the paffions, the humours, and fentiments of mankind. He painted all characters, from heroes and kings, down to Inn-keepers and Peasants, with equal truth and with equal force. If human nature was quite destroyed, and no monument left of it, except his works, other beings might learn what man was, from those writings.



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