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This, by way of contrast, Ihould be compar'd with B. II, 881.

« On a sudden open fly • With impetuous recoil and jarring sound " Th’infernal doors, and on their hinges grate

66 Harsh thunder." The reader, if he has any ear, will plainly perceive how the sound of these verses corresponds to the sense ; and how finely they are improved from Virgil. Aen. VI, 573.

Tum demum horrifono firidentes cardine facrae

" Panduntur portae." Hell gates grate harsh thunder ; the gates of Heaven open with harmonious found. This (co omit Homer and the Psalmist mentioned already) he had from Amadis de Gaul, B. IV. Ch. XI. where he describes the palace of Apolidon. And the Witty Rabelais (B. V. Ch. 37.) has the self-fame image. In these two last instances here brought no mention is made of Shakespeare, but this small digreffion, pero haps, the reader will excuse as it shews in a new light some fine passages of our epic poet.


N. B. The figures shew the page ; the letter n, the note :

and the Roman figures the Preface.

A CTORS (stage,) their original, 100, &c.
A Acts of the Apostles, explained, 323, n. 341.
Admiration, how the paffion is to be raised, 44, 45, n.

85, 86.
Adonis, bis gardens, 151, &c.
AESCHYLUS, his improvement of the stage, 101, &c.
ALCYONIUS, Petrus, cited and corrected, 19, n.
Alliteration, 266, 267, 408, &c. The affe&tation of it

ridiculed in Shakespeare, 268. Ambition, its effe&ts exemplified in Shakespeare's Macbeth,

27, &c. ANACREON, Spurious, 291, 292. Antony, Mark, his charakter, 75, 89. Avloplaajeão tão civéfw, to fail in the wind's eye, 341. APOLLONIUS, Rhodius, corrected, 155, n. Apofiopesis, a figure in rhetorick used by Shakespeare, B. II.

Sect. IV. ARIS'TARCHUS, the resemblarce between him and Dr. Bent

ley, 132, 133. What he disliked in Homer he reje&ted, Ibid. & n. An instance of his arbitrary alteration of

Homer, 220, 221.
ARISTOPHANES, bis Plutus a play after the middle Comedy,

119, & n.
His Plutus explained, 161.

His Scholiast corrected, 111, n. ARITOTLE, in his poetics explained, passim. explained and

corrected, 14, n. 24, 25, n. 27, 44, 45, 46, n. 56, 57, n. 88, n. 103, n. 112, 113, n.


ARRIAs, his difcourses of Epictetus, 32, 69 n. 223, 0.

315, 316.
Arts and sciences, flouris in popular government, and wby,

B. I. Seet. XV.
Ascham, cited, 5, n. 20, n.
Asiatic eloquence, 89, & n. 90.
ATHENIANS, rise and progress of dramatic poetry among

them, 100, &c.
Actic writers, fee Greek authors.
AUGUSTUS CAESAR, see Octavius.

Band prehixed to English words, as the Æolians prefixed

6' and the digamma F. 209.
BATAVIA, its etymology, 298.
BEAUMONT and Fletcher's Knight of the burning Poftle,

corroded, 154, D. 404.
Two Noble Kinsmer., corre&ted, 185, 1.


Falfe One, explained, 259, n.
Beauty, in what it confits, 54, & n. Beauty of character,

79, 80. Of di&tion, 374. fee Character. In what the
chief beauty in poetry confifts, 83, 84, &c. The mind ne-
cellarily in love with beauty, 131, 132. see Truth. How

conftituted in variety, 134.
BENTLEY, bis. critical rules examined, B. I. Se&. I. The

resemblance between him and Ariftarchus, 132, 133. His
corre&tion of a palage of Virgil examined and refuted,
390, &c. Of several paffages in Horace, refuted, 88, n..
109, n. 165, 166, &c. 398. A palage in his dissertati.

on on Phalaris, examined, 106, 107.
Bedulós, 322.
Bourn, 319, 320.
Britons, see Englishmen.
BRUTUS, his character, 74, 78, 79.


Buffoon, 397..
Buffoonery, all, or all formality, 97, 98.
Burnet, bishop, wrongly judges of Milton, 10.
Burning of the Palatine library, 18, 19. Of the Greek

authors, 19.


CALEDONIA, its etymology, 298.
CALLIMACHUS, corrected, 124, n. Explained, 413.
CASSIUS, his character, 75.
Catiline. characterized in Virgil, 140.
CATULLUS, explained, 361.
Characters poetic, B. I. Sect. X. Character of man, 68, 69.

Proper character for tragedy, what? . 30, 31, 69, 70.
Suitableness of character, 69, 70. Characters of women,
71, 72, &n. Known characters, how to be drawn, 73,
24. Confitency of character, 76, &c. The mind pleafed
with this consistency, and why, 79, 80. Honeft charac-
ter of poets, whether necessary, B. I. Sect. XI. Honesty

of Shakespeare's character, ibid.
CHAUCER, in the prologue of the Canterbury Tales, cor.

rected and explained, 184, 185, n. 403, 404.
In the Miller's tale, corrected, 226, n.
In the Reve's tale, explained, xx.
In the Romaunt of the Rose, corrected,, 241, n.

In Troilus and Creseide, explained, 346, n.
Plowman's tale, the alliteration affected, 410.
In the house of Fame, corrected, 297, n.
In the Chanon Yeman's tale, corrected, 297, n.
In the Legende of Hypsiphyle and Medea, come

rected, 403.
Chivalry, a picture of ancient chivalry in Shakespeare, 21, &c.
Cicero, his opinion of music, 32.
His character, 75.



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