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* been of late walking round us, and “making breach upon breach upon us, “ arid has now carried away the head of “ this body with a stroke; so that he, “ whom you saw a week ago distributing “ the holy mysteries, is now laid in the "dust. But he still lives in the many “ excellent directions he has left us, both “ how to live and how to die.”
The Dean placed his son upon the foundation at Winchester College, where he had himself been educated. At this school Edward Young remained till the election after his eighteenth birth-day, the period at which those upon the foundation are superannuated. Whether he did not betray his abilities early in life, or his masters had not skill enough to discover in their pupil any marks of geA 3
nius for which he merited reward, or no vacancy at Oxford afforded them an opportunity to bestow upon him the reward provided for merit by William of Wykeham; certain it is, that to an Oxford fellowship our Poet did not succeed. By chance, or by choice, New College does not number among its Fellows him who wrote the Night Thoughts.
On the 13th of October, 1703, he was entered an Independent Member of New College, that he might live at little expence in the Warden's lodgings, who was a particular friend of his father, till he should be qualified to stand for a. fellowship at All-souls. In a few months the warden of New College died. He
then removed to Corpus. The President of this College, from regard also for his father, invited him thither, in order to lessen his academical expences. In 1708 he was nominated to a law fellowship at All-louls by Archbishop Tennison, into whose hands it came by devolution.
-Such repeated patronage, while it justifies Burnet's praise of the father, reflects credit. on the conduct of the son. The manner in which it was exerted seems to prove that the father did not leave behind him much wealth.
On the 23d of April 1714, Young took his degree of Batchelor of Civil Laws, and his Doctor's degree on the 10th of June 1719.
:. Soon after he was elected at All-fouls he discovered, it is said, an inclination to take pupils. Whether he ever cominenced tutor is not known. None has hitherto boasted to have received his academical instruction from the author of the Night Thoughts. It is certain that his college was proud of him no less as a scholar than as a poet; for, in 1716, when the foundation of the Codrington Library was laid, two years after he had taken his Batchelor's degree, he was appointed to speak the Latin oration, which is at least particular for being dedicated in English To the Ladies of the Codrington Family. To these he says, that “ he was unavoidably flung into a fingularity, by being obliged to write an
epistleepistle-dedicatory void of common-place, and such an one as was never published before by any author whatever ;-that this practice absolved them from any obligation of reading what was presented to them ;-and that the bookseller approved of it, because it would make people ftare, was absurd enough, and perfe&tly right.” Of this oration there is no appearance in his own edition of his works; and prefixed to an edition by Curll and Tonson, in 1741, is a letter from Young to Curll (if Curll may be credited), dated December the 9th, 1739, wherein he says he has not leisure to review what he formerly wrote, and adds, “ I have not the Epistle to Lord “ Lansdowne. If you will take my ad