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“Midnight Sorrows" of his religious poetry; / almost his earliest poem, he calls her “the meMrs. Temple died in 1736 ; Mr. Temple four lancholy maid," years afterwards, in 1740; and the Poet's wife

Whom dismal scenes delight, seven months after Mr. Temple, in 1741. How Frequent at tombs and in the realms of Night. could the insatiate Archer thrice slay his peace In the prayer which concludes the second book in these three persons, “ere thrice the moon had filled her horn ??

of the same poem, he saysBut in the short Preface to “The Complaint” -Oh! permit the gloom of solemn night he seriously tells us, “that the occasion of this To sacred thoughi may forcibly invite.

Oh! how divine to tread the milky way, poern was real, not fictitious; and that the facts

To the bright palace of Eternal Day! Inendoned did naturally pour these moral reflections on the thought of the writer.” It is pro- When Young was writing a tragedy, Grafton bable, therefore, that in these three contradictory is said by Spence to have sent him a human lines the Poet complains more than the father- skull, with a candle in it, as a lamp; and the in-law, the friend, or the widower.

Poet is reported to hare used it. Whatever names belong to these facts, or, if What he calls “The true Estimate of Hu the names be those generally supposed, whatever man Life," which has already been mentioned, heightening a poet's sorrow may have given the exhibits only the wrong side of the tapestry; facts; to the sorrow Young felt from them, re- and, being asked why he did not show the right, ligion and morality are indebted for the “ Night he is said to have replied, that he could not. Thoughts." There is a pleasure sure in sadness By others it has been told me that this was which mourners only know!

finished; but that, before there existed any copy, Of these poems the two or three first have it was torn in pieces by a lady's monkey: been perused perhaps more eagerly and more Still, is it altogether fair to dress up the Poet frequently than the rest. When he got as far as for the man, and to bring the gloominess of the the fourth or fifth, his original motive for taking Night Thoughts” to prove the gloominess of up the pen was answered; his grief was natu- Young, and to show that his genius, like the rally either diminished or exhausted. We still genius of Swift, was in some measure the sullen find the same pious poet; but we hear less of inspiration of discontent ? Philander and Narcissa, und less of the mourner From them who answer in the affirmative it whom he loved to pity.

should not be concealed that, though Invisibilia Mrs. Temple died of a consumption at Lyons, non decipiunt appeared upon a deception in in her way to Nice, the year after her marriage; | Young's grounds; and Ambulantes in horto audi that is, when poetry relates the fact, “in her erunt vocem Dei on a building in his garden, his bridal hour.” It is more than poetically true, parish was indebted to the good humour of the that Young accompanied her to the Continent : Author of the “Night Thoughts” for an as

sembly and a bowling-green. I few, I snatch'd her from the rigid North,

Whether you think with me I know not; but And bore her nearer to the sun.

the famous De mortuis nil nisi bonum always apBut in vain. Her funeral was attended with peared to me to savour more of female weakness the difficulties painted in such animated colours than of manly reason. He that has too much in “ Night the Third.” After her death, the feeling to speak ill of the dead, who if they can. remainder of the party passed the ensuing win- not defend themselves, are at least ignorant of ter at Nice.

his abuse, will not hesitate by the most wanton The Poet seems perhaps in these compositions calumny to destroy the quiet, the reputation, to dwell with more melancholy on the death of the fortune of the living. Yet censure is not Philander and Narcissa, than of his wife. But heard beneath the tomb, any more than praise. it is only for this reason. He who runs and De mortuis nil nisi verum-De vivis nil nisi boreads may remember, that in the “ Night num—would approach much nearer to good Thoughts Philander and Narcissa are often sense. After all, the few handfuls of remainmentioned and often lamented. To recollecting dust which once composed the body of the lamentations over the Author's wife, the memory Author of the “Night Thoughts,” feel not much must have been charged with distinct passages. concern whether Young pass now for a man of This lady brought him one child, Frederick, to sorrow, or for a "fellow of infinite jest.”. To whom the Prince of Wales was godfather. this favour must come the whole family of Yo

That domestic grief is, in the first instance, to rick. His immortal part, wherever that now be thanked for these ornaments to our language, dwells, is still less solicitous on this head. it is impossible to deny. Nor would it be com- But to a son of worth and sensibility it is of mon hardiness to contend, that worldly discon- some little consequence whether contemporaries tent had no hand in these joint productions of believe, and posterity be taught to believe, that poetry and piety. Yet am I by no means sure his debauched and reprobate life cast a Stygian ihat, at any rate, we should not have had some gloom over the evening of his father's days, thing of the same colour from Young's pencil, saved him the trouble of feigning a character notwithstanding the liveliness of his satires. In completely detestable, and succeeded at last in so long a life, causes for discontent and occasions bringing his "gray hairs with sorrow to tho for grief must have occurred. It is not clear to grave." m. that his Muse was not sitting upon th» The humanity of the world, little satisfied watch for the first which happened. "Night with inventing perhaps a melancholy disposition Thonghta" were not uncominon to ber, even for the father, proceeds next to invent an arguwhen first she visited the Poet, and at a time mont in support of their invention, and chooses minh, hiroself was remarkable neither for that Lorenzo should be Young's own son. The si nr gloonin.32. In his " Last Dav;" | Biographin, and myrry account of Young, prettv

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roundly assert this to be the fact; of the abso- happened in May, 1731. Young's child was not lute possibility of which, the Biographia itself, born till June, 1733. In 1741, this Lorenzo, this in particular dates, contains undeniable evidence. finished infidel

, this father to whose education Readers I know there are of a strange turn of Vice had for some years put the last hand, was mind, who will hereafter perusc the “Night only eight years old. Thoughts" with less satisfaction; who will wish An anecdote of this cruel sort, so open to conthey had still been deceived; who will quarrel tradiction, so impossible to be true, who could with me for discovering that no such character propagate? Thus easily are blasted the repuas their Lorenzo ever yet disgraced human na- tations of the living and of the dead. ture, or broke a father's heart. Yet would these Who, then, was Lorenzo ? exclaim the readers admirers of the sublime and terrible be offended, I have mentioned. Ii ve cannot be sure that he should you set them down for cruel and for was his son, which would have been finely terrisavage.

ble, was he not his nephew, his cousin ? of this report, inhuman to the surviving son, These are questions which I do not pretend if it be true, in proportion as the character of Lo- to answer. For the sake of human nature, I renzo is diabolical, where are we to find the proof? could wish Lorenzo to have been only the creaPerhaps it is clear from the poems.

tion of the Poet's fancy: like the Quintus of From the first line to the last of the “Night Anti Lucretius, quo nomine, says Polignac, quemThoughts” not one expression can be discover- vis Atheum intellige. That this was the case, ed which betrays any thing like the father. In many expressions in the “Night Thoughts" the "Second Night” I find an expression which would seem to prove, did not a passage in betrays something else; that Lorenzo was his “Night Eight” appear to show that he had friend; one, it is possible, of his former compa- something in his eye for the ground-work at nions, one of the Duke of Wharton's set. The least of the painting. Lovelace or Lorenzo may Poet styles him “gay friend;" an appellation be feigned characters; but a writer does not not very natural froin a pious incensed father to feign a name of which he only gives the initial such a being as he paints Lorenzo, and that be- letter: ing his son.

Tell not Calista. She will laugh the dead, But let us see how he has sketched this dread- Or send thee lo her hermitage with Lful portrait, from the sight of some of whose features the artist himself inust have turned away out the son of Young, in that son's lifetime, as

The Biographia, not satisfied with pointing with horror. A subject more shocking, if bis his father's Lorenzo, travels out of its way into only child really sat to him, than the crucifixion the history of the son, and tells us of his having of Michael Angelo; upon the horrid story told been forbidden his college at Oxford for misbe of which, Young composed a short poem of four- haviour. How such anecdotes, were they true, teen lines, in the early part of his life, which he tend to illustrate the life of Young, it is not easy did not think deserved to be republished.

to discover. Was the son of the Author of the In the First Night," the address to the Poet's for a time, at one of the universities? The

“Night Thoughts,” indeed, forbidden his college supposed son is,

author of "Paradise Lost," is by some supposed Lorenzo, fortune makes her court to thee.

to have been disgracefully ejected from the other. In the “Fifth Night”

From juvenile follies who is free? But, what

the Biographia chooses to relate, the son of Of life, to hang his airy nest on high?

Young experienced no dismission from his col.

lege either lasting or temporary: Is this a picture of the son of the Rector of Welwyn?

Yet, were nature to indulge him with a second “Eighth Night”-

youth, and to leave him at the same time the

experience of that which is past, he would probaIn foreign realms (for thou hast travell’d far)- bly spend it differently-who would not ?-he which even now does not apply to his son.

would certainly be the occasion of less uneasiIn “Night Five”

ness to his father. But, from the same expe

rience, he would as certainly, in the same case, So wept Lorenzo sair Clarissa's fate; Who gave that angel boy on whom he dotes ;

be treated differently by his father. And died to give him, orphan'd in his birth!

Young was a poet: poets, with reverence be At the beginning of the “Fifth Night” we and imagination seldom deign to stoop from

it spoken, do not make the best parents. Fancy hind

their heights; always stoop unwillingly to the Lorenzo, to recriminate is just,

low level of common duties. Aloof from vulgar I grant the man is vain who writes for praise. But to cut short all inquiry; if any one of of mortals, and descend not to earth but when

life, they pursue their rapid fight beyond the ken these passages, if any passage in the poems, be compelled by necessity. The prose of ordinary applicable, my friend shall pass for Lorenzo. occurrences is beneath the dignity of poets. The son of the Author of the Night Thoughts” He who is connected with the Author of the was not old enough, when they were written, to “Night Thoughts,” only by veneration for the recriminate, or to be a father. The “Night poet and the Christian, may be allowed to ob Thoughts” were begun immediately after the serve, that Young is one of those concerning mournful event of 1741. The first'“ Nights” whom, as you remark in your account of Addiappear, in the books of the Company of Sta- son, it is proper rather to say “nothing that is tioners, as the property of Robert Dodsley, in false than all that is true.” 1742. The Preface to “ Night Seven” is dated But the son of Young would almost soonar, I July the 7th, 1744. The marriage, in conse- know, pass for a Lorenzo, than see himself rise quence of which the supposed Lorenzo was born, 1 dicated, at the expense of his father's memory,

And burns Lorenzo still for the sublime

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from follies which, if it may be thought blame- I know you are much engaged, and only hopo
able in a boy to have committed them, it is surely to hear of you at your entire leisure.
praiseworthy in a man to lament, and certainly "I am, sir, your most faithfu.
not only unnecessary, but cruel in a biographer

And obedient servant,
to record.

Of the "Night Thoughts,” notwithstanding
their Author's professed retirement, all are Nay, even after Pope's death, he says, in
inscribed to great or to growing names. He "Night Seven,"
had not yet weaned himself from earls and dukes,
from the speakers of the House of Commons,

Pope, who could'st make immortals, art thon dead:
lords commissioners of the Treasury, and chan- Either the “Essay," then, was dedicated to
cellors of the Exchequer. In "Night Eight” a patron who disapproved its doctrine, which I
the politician plainly betrays himself

have been told by the author was not the case, Think no post needful that demands a knave:

or Young appears, in his old age, to have bar-
When late our civil helm was shifting hands,

tered, for
a dedication, an opinion entertained

So P—thought : think better if you can.

his friend through all that part of life when he
Yet it must be confessed, that at the conclusion must have been best able to form opinions.
of “Night Nine," weary perhaps of courting short passages, which stand alınost together in

From this account of Young, two or three
earthly patrons, he tells his soul,

“Night Four," should not be excluded. They

Thy patron he, whose diadem has drope

afford a picture by his own hand, from the study Yon gems of Heaven; eternity thy prize ;

of which my readers may choose to form their And leave the racers of the world their own. own opinion of the features of his mind, and the

The "Fourth Night” was addressed by “a complexion of his life. much-indebted Muse” to the Honourable Mr.

Ah me! the dire effect Yorke, now Lord Hardwicke, who meant to or loitering here, of death defrauded long; have laid the Muse under still greater obliga

of old so gracious (and let that suffice)

My very Master knows me not.
tion, by the living at Shenfield, in Essex, if it I've been so long remember'd I'm forgot.
had become vacant.

When in his courtiers' ears I pour my plaint,
The “First Night” concludes with this pas-

They drink it as the Nectar of the Great;

And squeeze my hand, and beg me come to-morrow
Dark, though not blind, like thee, Meonides:

Twice told the period spent on stubborn Troy,
Or Milion, thee. Ah! could I reach your strain; Court-favour, yet untaken, I besiege.
Or his who made Meonides our own!
Man too he sung. Immortal man I sing.

If this song lives, Posterity shall know
Oh, had he prest this theme, pursued the track
Which opens out of darkness into day!

One, though in Britain born, with courtiers bred

Who thought e’en gold might come a day too lates
Oh, had he mounted on his wing of fire,

Nor on his subtle death-bed plann'd his scheme
Soard, where I sink, and sung immortal man-

For future vacancies in church or state.
How had it blest mankind, and rescued me!

To the Author of these lines was dedicated, Deduct from the writer's age "twice told the in 1756, the first volume of “An Essay on the period spent on stubborn Troy,” and you will Writings and Genius of Pope," which attempt- still

leave him more than forty when he sat
ed, whether justly or not, to pluck from Pope down to the miserable siege of court favour.-.
his “Wing of Fire," and to reduce him to a rank He has before told us
at least one degree lower than the first class of

A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
English poets. If Young accepted and approved
the dedication, he countenanced this attack upon

After all, the siege seems to have been raised the fame of him whom he invokes as his Muse. only in consequence of what the general thought

Part of paper-sparing” Pope's Third Book his death-bed.” of the "Odyssey," deposited in the Museum, is

By these extraordinary poems, written after written apon the back of a letter signed "E. he was sixty, of which I have been led to say so Young,” which is clearly the handwriting of much, I hope, by the wish of doing justice

to the our Young. The letter, dated only May the living and the dead, it was the desire of Young 2d, seems obscure; but there can be little doubt to be principally known. He entitled the four that the friendship he requests was a literary

volumes which he published himself, “The one, and that he had the highest literary opinion Works of the Author of the Night Thoughts." of Pope. The request was a prologue, I am told. While it is remembered that from these he ex

cluded many of his writings, let it not be for"DEAR SIR,

"May the 2d. gotten that the rejected pieces contained nothing “Having been often from home, I know not prejudicial to the cause of virtue, or of religion, if you have done me the favour of calling on me. Were every thing that Young ever wrote to be But, be that as it will, I much want that instance published, he would only appear, perhaps, in a of your friendship I mentioned in my last; a less respectable light as a poet, and more defriendship I am very sensible I can receive from spicable as a dedicator; he would not pass for a no one but yourself. I should not urge this worse Christian, or for a worse man. This thing so much but for very particular reasons; enviable praise is due to Young. Can it be nor can you be at a loss to conceive how a claimed by every writer? His dedications, after trifle of this nature' may be of serious moment all, he had perhaps no right to suppress. They to me; and while I am in hopes of the great ad- all, I believe, speak, not a little to the credit of vantage of your advice about it, I shall not be so his gratitude, of favours received ; and I know absurd as to make any further step without it. I not whether the author, who has once solemnly



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YOUNG. printed an acknowledgment of a favour, should | despair

" of breaking through the frozen obstrucnot alwaja print it.

tions of age and cares incumbent cloud, into
Is it to a credit or to the discredit of Young, that flow of thought and brightness of expres-
as a poet, that of his "Night Thoughts” the sion which subjects so polite require ;" yet is it
French are particularly fond?

more like the production of untamed, unbridled
of the "Epitaph on Lord Aubrey Beau- youth, than of jaded fourscore. Some seven-
clerk,” dated 1740, all I know is, that I find it fold volumes put him in mind of Ovid's seven-
in the late body of English poetry, and that I fold channels of the Nile at the conflagration :
am sorry to find it there.
Notwithstanding the farewell which he seem-

Pulverulenta vocant, septem sine flumine valles.
ed to have taken in the “Night Thoughts” of
every thing which bore the least resemblance to Such leaden labours are like Lycurgus's iron
ambition, he dipped again in politics. In 1745 money, which are so much less in value than in
he wrote “Reflections on the Public Situation bulk, that it required barns for strong boxes,
of the Kingdom, addressed to the Duke of New and a yoke of oxen to draw five hundred pounds.
castle ;" indignant, as it appears, to behold

If there is a famine of invention in the land,
-a pope-bred Princeling crawl ashore,

we must travel, he says, like Joseph's brethren, And whistle cut-throats, with those swords that serapa far for food; we must visit the remote and rich Their barren rocks for wretched sustenance,

ancients. But an inventive genius may safely To cut his passage to the British throne.

stay at home; that, like the widow's cruse, is This political poem might be called a “Night divinely replenished from within, and affords us Thought.". Indeed it was originally printed as a miraculous delight. He asks why it should the conclusion

of the “Night Thoughts," though seem altogether impossible, that Heaven's latest he did not gather it with his other works.

editions of the human mind may be the most Prefixed to the second edition of Howe's correct and fair ? and Jonson, he tells us, was "Devout Meditations" is a Letter from Young, very learned, as Samson was very strong, to his dated Jan. 19, 1752, addressed to Archibald own hurt. Blind to the nature of tragedy, he Macauly, Esq. thanking him for the book, pulled down all antiquity on his head, and buried which he says he shall “never lay far out of his himself under it. reach; for a greater demonstration of a sound

Is this “care's incumbent cloud," or "the head and a sincere heart he never saw."

frozen obstructions of age ?" In 1753, when “The Brothers” bad lain by In this letter Pope is severely censured for him above thirty years, it appeared upon the his “fall from Homer's numbers, free as air, stage. If any part of his fortune bad been ac- lofty and harmonious as the spheres, into childquired by servility of adulation, he now deter- ish shackles and tinkling sounds; for putting mined to deduct from it no inconsiderable sum, Achilles into petticoats a second time:" but we as a gift to the

Society for the Propagation of are told that the dying swan talked over an epic the Gospel. To this sum he hoped the profits plan with Young a few weeks before his decease. of “The Brothers" would amount. In his Young's chief inducement to write this Letter calculation he was deceived; but by the bad was, as he confesses, that he might erect a monusuccess of his play the Society was not a loser. mental marble to the memory of an old friend. The Author made up the sum he originally in- He, who employed bis pious pen for almost the tended, which was a thousand pounds, from his last time in thus doing justice to the exemplary own pocket.

death-bed of Addison, might probably, at the The next performance which he printed was close of his own life, afford no unuseful lesson a prose publication, entitled “The Centaur not for the deaths of others. Fabulous, in Six Letters to a friend, on the

In the postscript, he writes to Richardson, Life in Vogue.” The conclusion is dated No- that he will see in his next how far Addison is vember 29, 1754. In the third Letter is de- an original. But no other letter appears. scribed the death-bed of the “gay, young, noble,

The few lines which stand in the last edition, ingenious, accomplished, and most wretched as " sent by Lord Melcombe to Dr. Young, not Altamont.” His last words were—“My prin- long before his Lordship's death,” were indeed ciples have poisoned my friend, my extravagance so sent, but were only an introduction to what has beggared my boy, my unkindness has mur- was there meant by "The Muse's latest Spark." dered my wife.” Either Áltamont and Lorenzo The poem is necessary, whatever may be its were the twin production of fancy, or Young merit, since the Preface to it is already printed. was unlucky enough to know two characters Lord Melcombe called his Tusculum "La who bore no little resemblance to each other in Trappe.” perfection of wickedness. Report has been ac- Love thy country, wish it well, customed to call Altamont Lord Euston.

Not with too intense a care, "The Old Man's Relapse," occasioned by an

'Tis enough, that when it fell, Epistle to Walpole, if written by Young, which

Thou its ruin didst not share. I much doubt, must have been written very late

Envy's censure, Flattery's praise, in life. It has been seen, I am told, in a Mis

With unmoy'd indifference view;

Learn to tread life's dangerous maze, cellany published thirty years before his death, With unerring Virtue s clew. In 1758, he exhibited “The Old Man's Re- Void of strong desire and fear, lapse” in more than words, by again becoming

Life's wide ocean trust no more a dedicator, and publishing a sermon addressed to

Strive thy little bark to steer the King

With the tide, but near the shore. The lively Letterin prose, “On Original Com- Thus prepard, thy shorten d sail position,” addressed to Richardson, the author

Shall, whene'er the winds increase, of "Clarissa," appeared in 1759. Though he

Seizing each propitious gale,
Wat thee to the post of peace.

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Keep thy conscience from offence,

the gods:” notwithstanding he administered And tempestuous passions free,

consolation to his own grief in this immortal lanSo, when ihou art called from hence, Easy shall thy passage be ;

guage, Mrs. Boscawen was comforted in rhyme. Easy shall thy passage be,

While the poet and the Christian were applyCheerful thy allotted stay,

ing this comfort, Young had himself occasion Short th' account 'twixt God and thee;

for comfort, in consequence of the sudden death Hope shall meet thee on the way:

of Richardson, who was printing the former Truth shall lead thee to the gate,

part of the poem. Of Richardson's death he Mercy'a self shall let thee in,

Where its never-changing state,
Full perfection shall begin.

When Heav'n would kindly set us free,

And earth's enchantmeni end; The poem was accompanied by a letter.

It takes the most effectual means,

And rebs us of a friend. “La Trappe, the 27th of Oct. 1761. " DEAR SIR,

To“Resignation" was prefixed an Apology “ You seemed to like the ode I sent you for for its appearance: to which more credit is due your amusement: I now send it you as a pre- than to the generality of such apologies, from sent. If you please to accept of it, and are wil Young's unusual anxiety that no more producling that our friendship should be known when tions of his old age should disgrace his former we are gone, you will be pleased to leave this fame. In his will, dated February 1760, he deamong those of your own papers that may pos- sires of his executors, in a particular manner, sibly see the light by a posthumous publication. that all his manuscript books and writings God send us health while we stay, and an easy whatever might be burned, except his book of journey. “My dear Dr. Young,

In September, 1764, he added a kind of codicil, “ Yours, most cordially,

wherein he made it his dying entreaty lo his “MELCOMBE." housekeeper, to whom he left 10001. "that all

his manuscripts might be destroyed as soon as In 1762, a short time before his death, Young he was dead, which would greatly oblige her published" Resignation.” Notwithstanding the deceased friend.” manner in which it was really forced from him It may teach mankind the uncertainty of by the world, criticism has treated it with no worldly friendships, to know that Young, either common severity. If it shall be thought not to by surviving those he loved, or by outliving their deserve the highest praise, on the other side of affections, could only recollect the names of two fourscore, by whom, except by Newton and by friends, his housekeeper and a hatter, to mention Waller, has praise been merited ?

in his will; and it may serve to repress that tesTo Mrs. Montagy, the famous champion of lamentary pride, which too often seeks for Shakspeare, I am indebted for the history of sounding names and titles, to be informed that “Resignation.” Observing that Mrs. Boscawen, the Author of the “Night Thoughts" did not in the midst of her grief for the loss of the admi- blush to leave a legacy to his friend Henry Steral, derived consolation from the perusal of the vens, a hatter at the Templegate.” Of these two "Night Thoughts,” Mrs. Montagu proposed a remaining friends, one went before Young. But risit to the Author.

From conversing with at eighty-four, "where," as he asks in The CenYoung, Mrs. Boscawen derived still further con- taur, " is that world into which we were born ?solation ; and to that visit she and the world The same humility which marked a batter were indebted for this poem. It compliments and a housekeeper for the friends of the Author Mrs. Montagu in the following lines ;

of the “Night Thoughts,” had before bestowed Yet write I must. A lady sues :

the same title on his fooiman, in an epitaph in How shameful her request !

his "Churchyard” upon James Baker, dated My brain in labour with dull rhyme, Hers teeming with the best

1749; which I am glad to find in the late collec

tion of his works. And again,

Young and his housekeeper were ridiculed And friend you have, and I the same,

with more ill-nature than wit, in a kind of novel Whose prudent, soft address,

published by Kidgell in 1755, called "The Card,” Will bring to life chose healing thoughts under the names of Dr. Elwes and Mrs. Fusby. Which died in your dintrees.

In April, 1765, at an age to which few attain,
That friend, the spirit of thy thema

a period was put to the life of Young.
Extracting for your ease,
Will leave to me the dreg, in thoughts

He had performed no duty for three or four
Too common ; such as these.

years, but he retained his intellects to the last. By the same lady I was enabled to say, in her know not to have been true, of the manner of

Much is told in the “Biographia,” which I own words, that Young's unbounded genius ap- his burial; of the master and children of a chapeared to greater advantage in the companion rity school, which he founded in his parish, who than even in the author; that the Christian was in him a character still more inspired, more en- and of a bell which was not caused to toll a

neglected to attend their benefactor's corpse; raptured, more sublime, than the poet; and that, often as upon those occasions bells usually toll

. in his ordinary conversation,

Had that humanity which is here lavished upon letting down the golden chain from high He drew his audience upward to the sky.

things of little consequence either to the living

or to the dead, been shown in its proper place to Notwithstanding Young had said, in his the living, I should have had less to say about " Conjectures on Original Composition,” that Lorenzo.' They who lament that these misfor"blank verse is verse unfallen, uncurst; verse tunes happened to Young, forget the praise he reclaimed, rc-enthroned in the true language of bestows upon Socrates, in the preface to “Night

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