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(Born, 1737. Educated at private schools, Magdalen College, Oxford, and at Lausanne. The first volume of the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," published 1776; the last, 1788. Elected a Member of Parliament for Liskeard, 1774. Died, 1794.]
LOVE OF READING A PRICELESS TREASURE.—To her kind lessons (that excellent woman, Mrs. Catherine Porten, the true mother of my mind as well as of my health], I ascribe my early and invincible love of reading, which I would not exchange for the treasures of India.
(Memoirs, p. 44.)
BOOKS THE PLEASURE AND GLORY
OF HIS Life.—To her instructions [Mrs. Porten's] I owe the first rudiments of knowledge, the first exercise of reason, and a taste for books, which is still the pleasure and glory of my life.
(Letter to Lord Sheffield, p. 53.)
BOOKS THE BEST COMFORT OF HIS LIFE.—From this slender beginning I have gradually formed a numerous and select library, the foundation of my works, and the best comfort of my life, both at home and abroad.
(Memoirs, p. 134.)
BOOKS AN EXHAUSTLESS SOURCE OF PLEASURE. -The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigour from enjoyment, supplies each day, each hour, with a perpetual source of independent and rational pleasure.
(Memoirs, p. 302.)
[Born, 1770. Entered St. John's College, Cambridge, 1787. Took his degree of B.A., 1791. Spent two years in France. Published his first poems “ The Evening Walk," and Descriptive Sketches,” 1793; “Lyrical Ballads," 1798; second volume of “ Lyrical Ballads,” 1800; “Memorials of a Tour in Scotland,” and other poems, in two volumes, 1807 ; “ The Excursion,” 1814; “ The White Doe of Rylstone,” 1815; Peter Bell,” 1819; “ Memorials of a Tour
on the Continent,” 1822; “Ecclesiastical Sketches," 1822. The honorary degree of D.C.L. conferred upon him by the University of Oxford,
1839. Created Poet Laureate, 1843, Died, 1850. “ The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind; an Autobiographical Poem,” begun 1799, completed 1805; published after his death, in 1850.]
BOOKS A SUBSTANTIAL WORLD,
Wings have we,and as far as we can go
know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good : Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and
From evil-speaking ; rancour, never sought,
TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE.
But to outweigh all harm, the sacred Book,
And sift her laws—much wondering that the
wrong, Which faith has suffered, Heaven could calmly
brook. Transcendant boon! noblest that earthly king Ever bestowed to equalise and bless Under the weight of mortal wretchedness ! But passions spread like plagues, and thousands
wild With bigotry shall tread the offering Beneath their feet-detested and defiled.
WALTON'S BOOK OF LIVES.
There are no colours in the fairest sky