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'Haiing enumerated the domeftic virtues which are leaving the country, with the inhabitants of Auburn, he concludes the poem, with an addrels to Poetry, in a ftrain of noble enthufiahn, which would have done honour to any poet of any age.
Of the Hermit, which firft appeared ill tie Vicar of Wakefield, the public has long fince judged. It is univerfally allowed to rank with the moft beautiful ballads in our language." A remarkable inftance of his imitation of Young i) occurs in the following lines:
Man wants but little here below.
J^art wants but little,' nor that f. little long.
t The poem, of Retaliation abounds with •Wiifree from even the flighteft tincture of ill-nature; and the characteriftics of all the parties are equally pointed and juft. His fmall pieces require np diftinct confideration or particular criticifm.l—
The followirig was written impromptu on
evening of his death: \ »In an age when genius and learning are 100 generally facrificed to the purpofes of amnion and avarice, it is the confolation of ratue, as well as of its friends, that they can commemorate the name of Goldfmith as a lining example to the contrary."
„Early compelled (like many of our great's men) into the fervice of the mutes, he
0 Young, geb. , geji.vjif, am iekamitefltn dnrch fan dickterifchet W*rk, bttitelt: the Complaint or Night-Thoughts,'
never once permitted his neceffities to have the leaft improper influence on his conduct, -but knowing and reflecting the honourable lint1 of his profeffion, he made no farther ufe of fiction, than to fet off the dignity of truth; and in this he fucceeded fo happily, that his writings ftaihp him, no lefs the man of genius, than the univerfal friend of mankind."
„Such is the fhort outline of his poetical character, which, perhaps, will be remembered whilft the firft-rate poets of his country .have any monuments left them. But, alas! -his noble and immortal part, the good man, is only configned to the fhort-lived memory »f thofe who are left to lament his death."
„Having naturally a powerful bia^ on his mind to the caufe of virtue, he was cheerful and indefatigable in every purfuit of it. \Varm in his friendfhips, gentle in his- manners, and in every act of charity and benevolence," the very milk of human nature. ^) Nay, when his foibles and little weakneffes /of temper, may be faid rather to fimplify thaijl degrade his underftanding; for though there may be many inftances adduced to prove was no m ari of the world, moft of thofe inftances woula atteft the unadulterated purityVof his heart. -J One who efteemed the hindnefs and friendfhjp of fuch a man, as forming a principal part pi the happinefs of his life, pays-this laft, iincere, and grateful tribute to his memory.
s) In der tlrltten Scene des erften Akts von Shakefpeare'S Macbeth fngt Lady Macbeth von Hem Charakter ikrtt Gemahis: It is too full o' the milk of human ICindnefs; darnack ift wol ohne Zvieiftl das: the very milk of human nature in unferer Stelle gemodilt.
Xhere are an hundred faults in this Thing, and in hundred things might be laid to prove them beauties. But it is needlefs. 'A book may be aniufing with numerous errors, 6r it may be very dull without k fingle abfurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himXelf the three greateft characters n^>6n earth: he is a prieft, an hufbandman, and jhe father^ 6f k family* He is drawn as ready-to teach, and ready to obiy^ as fimple in affluence, and majeftic in adverlity. 'In this age of opulence and refinement, whom can fuch a character pleafe? Such as are fond 6f Wigh life, will turn with difdain from the Jimplicity 6f his countrV rirefide} fuch kS miftake ribaldry for humourJ will find no wit in his harmlefs converfatioaand fuch as have been taught to deride religion, will laugh at 6ne whole chief ftores of c6mfort are drawn from futurity.
Vicar4) 6f Wakefield.
The description of the family of Wakefield, in which a kindred l-kenefs prevails as will 6f minds as of perfonSt
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lwas 4ver of-opinion, that the honeft marl who married and br.'ught up a large family, did mora fervice than he who continued fingle, and 'iily' talked of population. Fr6m this motive, "I Md fcarce taken orders t>) a year before i
t] Die tigentlichnt Pfarrer in England find (Mweder Rec/ tors eder Vicars. Jene erhalten den g an 3 en Zehew( den, A. h. den zehnten Theil von allem, was ein Far* \ mer oder Landmann giwinnt oder erbaut, folglich die \%ehnte Garbe, das zehnte Schwtln u. f. w., es fey denn, daft ein Artikel dttrch eine Parliaments - Akte ausgenomteen tuorden iff, die Vicars bekommen blofs den kleineu Zehenden. Man theilt ndmlich den Zeltenden in den gt often (great tythes), wohin man blofs Getraide nnd Wiefen rechnet, tind in den klei?ten ( I null tythes), zu welchen alle uMgtH Naturprodukte gehdren. (f. Kiittiier s Beitrage zur Kenntnifs dtt Innern von England Und feiner Einwohntr, ijtes Stuck, S. 10.
b) to take ordersordinirt werdeit. Die Ordination verrichtet ein Bifchof; die Bifchof'c felbft uierden von einem Er%bifchofe oder einem von demfelben bevoilntachtigttn Bifchofe ei?tgenieiht.