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When Learning's triumph o'er her barbarous foes
A loose he gave to his unbounded soul,
And, passing Nature's bounds, was something more.
No feeling appears more universal, and natural to the mind of man, than that which transfers an admiration of works of genius into an inquiry respecting the mind whence they emanated; and seldom has curiosity been less gratified than in its researches into the biography of the greatest genius ever known in dramatic poetry. But little more than two centuries have elapsed since the death of our author, and almost as much is ascertained of the private life of Homer, as can now be gleaned of WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE, of whom little more can be learned, save that he lived and died, and was buried in his native town; yet his talents appear to have been highly appreciated by his contemporaries, and still more so by his immediate successors: and it might