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still worse than he did on the stage. But I have never known a good actor who did not also possess enough of the power of mimickry to show that it was his own fault he had not acquired it in still greater perfection. Garrick, I have been told by some of his acquaintance, frequently amused his friends with portraits of individual character incomparably finer and more faithful than any that were ever executed by Foote.
266.--ARTEGAL AND THE GIANT.
For never there the like resort they knew.
Upon a rock, and holding forth on high
And fill'd his balance full of idle toys:
And all the sea, divided each from either:
And look what surplus did of each remain,
. * Surquedrie-presumption. VOL. IV.
For why, he said, they all unequal were,
And had encroached upon each other's share;
In sort as they were formed anciently;
And cluster thick unto his leasings vain ;
In 'sdainful wise he drew unto him near,
And all things to an equal to restore,
And look, then, how much it doth overflow
In goodly measure by their Maker's might;
And they with air, that not a drop can slide:
“ Such heavenly justice doth among them reign,
That every one do know their certain bound;
Therefore leave off to weigh them all again, Till we may be assur'd they shall their course retain." “ Thou foolish Elf,” said then the Giant, wroth,
“ Seest not how badly all things present be,
Were it not good that wrong were then surceast, And from the most that some were given to the least ? “ Therefore I will throw down these mountains high,
And make them level with the lowly plain.
And Lordings curb that Commons over-awe;
Then answered the righteous Artegal,
Is with the tide unto another brought:
“ Likewise the earth is not augmented more
By all that dying unto it do fade;
All in the power of their great Maker lie:
Nor ever any asketh reason why.
He gives to this, from that He takes away:
Ne any may His mighty will withstand ;
Since of things subject to thy daily view
And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow;
That dost not know the least thing of them all ?