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all amusements, and would take a high rank among the means of refining the taste and ele­vating the character of a people. The deep woes, the mighty and terrible passions, and the sublime emotions ol' genuine tragedy, are fitted to thrill us with human sympathies, with pro­found interest in our nature, with a conscious­ness of what man can do and dare and suffer, with an awed feeling of the fearful mysteries of life. The soul of the spectator is stirred from its depths, and the lethargy in which so many live is roused, at least for a time, to some intenseness of thought and sensibility. The drama answers a high purpose when it places us in the presence of the most solemn and strik­ing events of human history, and lays bare to us the human heart in its most powerful, ap­palling, glorious workings. Bui how little does the theatre accomplish its end. 1 Low often is it disgraced by monstrous distortions of human nature, and still more disgraced by profaneness, coarseness, indelicacy, low wit. such as no wo­man, worthy of the name, can hear without a blush, and no man can take pleasure in with­out self-degradation.''
In regard to amusements of a more private character, such as every family may cultivate for the pleasant passing of an evening. 1 would
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