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copies no favourite expressions; he feems to have laid up no stores of thought or diction, but to owe all to the fortuitous suggestions of the present inoment. Yet I have reason to believe that, when once he had formed a new design, he then laboured it with very patient industry, and that he composed with great labour, and frequent revisions.
His verses are formed by no certain model; for he is no more like himself in his different productions than he is like others. He seems never to have studied prosody, nor to have had any direction but from his own ear. But, with all his defects, he was a man of genius and a poet.
DY E R.
TOHN DYER, of whom I have
no other account to give than his own Letters, published with Hughes's correspondence, and the notes added by the editor, have afforded me, was born in 1700, the second son of Robert Dyer of Aberglasney in Caermarthenshire, a folicitor of great capacity and note.
He passed through Westminster-school under the care of Dr. Freind, and was then called home to be instructed in his father's profession. But his father died Α
soon, and he took no delight in the study of the law, but, having always amused himself with drawing, refolved to turn painter, and became pupil to Mr. Richardson, an artist then of high reputation, but now better known by his books than by his pictures.
Having studied awhile under his master, he became, as he tells his friend, an itinerant painter, and wandered about South Wales and the parts adjacent; but he mingled poetry with painting; and about 1727 printed Grongar Hill in Lewis's Miscellany."
Being, probably, unsatisfied with his own proficiency, he, like other painters,
after the usual education at a grammar
school, was at the age of thirteen admitted into the College, where, in 1700, he became master of arts; and was the fame year ordained a deacon, though under the canonical age, by a dispensation from the bishop of Derry..
About three years afterwards he was made a priest; and in 1705 Dr. Alhe, the bishop of Clogher, conferred upon him the archdeaconry of Clogher. About the fame time he married Mrs. Anne Minchin, an amiable lady, by whom he had two sons who died young, and a daughter who long survived him.
At the ejection of the Whigs, in the end of queen Anne's reign, Parnell was persuaded to change his party, not withi: