Excerpt from Don Carlos; Mary Stuart; The Robbers; Fiesco; Love and Intrigue, Vol. 3
The Adramelech of Klopstock (in his Messiah '3 awakens in us a feeling in which admiration is blende with detestation. We follow Milton's Satan with shuddering wonder through the pathless realms of chaos. The Medea ofthe old dramatists is, in spite of all her crimes, a great and wondrous woman, and Shakespeare's Richard III. Is sure to excite the admiration of the reader, much as he would hate the reality. If it is to be my task to portray men as they are, I must at the same time include their good qual ities, of which even the most vicious are never totally destitute. If I would warn mankind against the tiger, I must not omit to describe his glossy, beautifully marked skin, lest, owing to this omission, the ferocious animal should not be recognised till too late. Besides this, a man who is so utterly depraved as to be without a single redeeming point is no meet subject for art, and would disgust rather than excite the interest of the reader; who would turn over with impatience the pages which concern him. A noble soul can no more endure a succession of moral discords than the musical ear the grating of knives upon glass.
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