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Young seems to have been taken at his word. Notwithstanding his frequent complaints of being neglected, no hand was reached out to pull him from that retirement of which he declared himself, enamoured. Alexander assigned no palace for the residence of Diogenes, who boasted his furly satisfaction with his tub.
Of the domestic manners and petty habits of the author of the Night: Thoughts, I hoped to have given you an account from the best authority ;-but who fhall dare to say, To morrow I will be wise or virtuous, or to-morrow I will do a particular thing? Upon enquiring for his housekeeper, I learned that she was buried two days before I reached the town of her abode.
In a Letter from Tfcharner, a noble foreigner, to Count Haller, Tscharner fays, he has lately.spent four days with Young at Wellwyn, where the author tastes all the ease and pleasure mankind can defire. “ Every thing about him “ shews the man, each individual being “ placed by rule. All is neat without “art. He is very pleasant in conversa« tion, and extremely polite.”
This, and more, may possibly be true; but Tscharner's was a first visit, a visit of curiosity and admiration, and a visit which the author expected.
The attention Young bestowed upon the perusal of books is not unworthy imitation. When any passage pleased him, he appears to have folded down
the leaf. On these passages he bestowed a second reading. But the labours of man are too frequently vain. Before he returned, a second time, to what he had once approved, he died. Many of his books, which I have seen, are by those notes of approbation so swelled beyond their real bulk, that they will not Thut.
What though we wade in wealth, or foar . in fame! Earth's highest station ends in here
Here he lies ! And dust to dust concludes her noblest
song! The author of these lines is not without his lic jacete
By the good sense of his son, it contains none of that praise which no marble can make the bad or the foolish merit; which, without the direction of a stone or a turf, will find its way, sooner or later, to the deserving.
Et Elizabethæ . .
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