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It is certain that Dr Young was no enthusiastic admirer of Shakspeare's “ Othello.”—To suppose he was, is to accuse him of high presumption in hoping to write a still better play. For that he could take the same subject, which an admired author had used with infinite success, and not hope to transcend him, agrees but ill with the ambition of any dramatist, much less with that of the aspiring Young.
“ The Revenge" is so excellent a production, that the reader will forgive the author's attempt, and compassionate his failure. In one of his characters, indeed, he has surpassed the genius of Shakspeare-but immorally so he has adorned malice and its kindred vices with a sentiment appropriate to the rarest virtue-scrupulous regard for unblemished honour.
The high-sounding vengeance of Zanga charms every heart, whilst the malicious purposes of lago fill every bosom with abhorrence.
Another advantage is given to Zanga in his guilt; the persons whom he involves in utter ruin claim far less sympathy than Shakspeare's Othello and Desdemona. Alonzo can excite no interest equal to the first, and Leonora sinks even beneath comparison before the last.