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have no regard for my interest yet have for Helen. Heavens! to what a despicable state is Troy sunk when you will bear such injustice to me your Son, nay to yourself. But 'tis plain whence this is. Antenor is corrupted and would persuade your favouring Greece. But Oh! Father retain the same tenderness to your children as ever. Had the cause of Menelaus been just he would not have come with Force. But what do we regard his power. Heaven and our arms shall soon repell the invaders. Look on the number of your children—these shall defend your Kingdom. Nay Hector only will defend Troy. Thus defended by your children regard them. You gave me life and don't take it away by restoring Helen. 'Twas foretold I should be a flame in Troy, and now behold 'tis verified. I will be a flame in Troy, to burn Greece and let them know we think it worth keeping
what is so universally desir'd. Dispute on the Mr Pres orders Mr Buck to speak in the character of a Rom: return of Re
Senator against the return of Regulus to Carthage—He does—says gulus to Carthage.
Romans if you regard the good of your Country add to it by saving your best citizen; and you Regulus let not your virtue oppose your Country's interest. But why should I say Virtue, it is not such, there is no tie to call you back. That promise which you made to Carthage cannot bind since it was forc'd and the Gods will wink at the breach of it. Why then do you by your obstinacy advance Carthage? No Regulus, live to hurt them and exalt your Country.
HERESI (et..Period PLAYS R. Circ Dision when Daineseko ing arrived of People of Fathon, and every one is to iis fuil Granth, anki fencible 10 much they miluence therr
treina, 686 Vien Tafte and Manners ; of the Source then beco.es fo intolent, that it foru's lle: bc COTO Ced, wint a Depravanon muit of Gius and Spirit to rise up, one we expect of toth: The People copy of their paruial Modetty, and work it from th Gi;, Siostrcm Dar a is lipa iui. hi e day in topic. Tr Vice aod Fosiy, inter judge of the Empire of Du'ne by other You' for PET to round the greact, "D! llnwickducis brought when hand hand, and doubcleis will on their Roth. 154. 1. Time; continue to do so, unle's jone People for the Deprava iis o 1.it is a great are found public-fpirited enough to op. as chut of Mora », and tho'cho corretny pote them; for chele Reasons we thjul the litter may feem a more lauciable have a wachtul Eye over the Theatre, Dein, and more contenent's puilice to prevent, it pobie, such ?'ro'gies of Spirit; vet there is to trosa Coanection Duloxis 27-i inimorality as me have been berw in the in, and the Minds of a \.3. entertained with this Winter ; or, to put con have io gicat Depcodance on their them in their proper Light, when repreT: 2+ Wirings, that en fuxing the sented. faci
the birt and surelt Method Our Corvinen aru eftiome! 0 the IT!!.
ne ghbout 3 lic. 'n dute. . Izokine, Zutik ign them it is! t'ofe Papers and there is tace a Scribir ay. K11 is Cota's and marily to examine, wiro has any other Name for this Vai
riy noi: Wirirzs vinich may be than B.EOTIA ; I don't know or wide produced anorg ourle.ves, or injorted we deserve le Appellation por t'ian irm abroad, but also our Theatrical she fenseleis Encouragement we give their Annet
wretched Productions ; fo plerutvily do
First page of the Reformer.
"HERE is a certain Period when Dulness being arrived to its full
Growth, and spreading over a Nation becomes so insolent that it forces men of Genius and Spirit to rise up, in Spite of their natural Modesty, and work that Destruction it is ripe for. If we may judge of the Empire of Dulness by other great ones, whose Unwieldiness brought on their Ruin, this is certainly its Time: for the Depravation of Taste is as great as that of Morals, and tho' the correcting the latter ma seem a more laudable Design, and more consistent with public-spirit; yet there is so strong a Connection between them, and the morals of a Nation have so great Dependance on their taste and Writings, that the fixing the latter, seems the first and surest Method of establishing the former.
The Design therefore of these Papers is carefully and impartially to examine, not only those Writings which may be produced among ourselves, or imported from abroad, but also our Theatrical Amusements.
Plays are the favourite Diversion of People of Fashion, and every one is sensible how much they influence their Taste and Manners; if the Source then be corrupted, what a Depravation must we expect of both: The People copy from the Gentry, and bad Authors from the People: Thus Vice and Folly, like Milton's Sin and DEATH go round the Nation hand in hand, and doubtless will continue to do so, unless some People are found publicspirited enough to oppose them: for these Reasons we shall have a watchful Eye over the Theatre, to prevent, if possible, such Prodigies of Dulness and Immorality as we have been entertained with this Winter; or, to put them in their proper Light, when represented.
Our Countrymen are esteemed in a neighbouring Isle the dullest of Mankind, and there is scarce a Scribbler among them who has any other Name for this Nation than BOTIA?: I don't know for what we deserve the Appellation more than the senseless Encouragement we give their wretched Productions; so plentifully do they supply, and so greedily do we swallow that Tide of fulsom Plays, Novels, and Poems which they pour
i See the poem Ballitore, ante p. 157, “Boetia's scornful name."