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port its representation through a long work. A Pastoral of an hundred lines may be endured; but who will hear of fheep and goats, and myrtle bowers and purling rivulets, through five acts ? Şuch scenes please: Barbarians in: the dawn of literature, and children in the dawn of life; but will be for the most part thrown awaỹ, as men i grow wise,: and nations grow learned.'.
BRO O M E.
W ILLIAM BROOME was born
in Cheshire, as is said, of very mean parents. Of the place of his birth, or the first part of his life, I have not been able to gain any intelligence. He was educated upon the foundation at Eaton, and was captain of the school a whole year, without any vacancy, by which he might have obtained a scholarship at King's College. Being by this delay, such as is said to have happened very rarely, superannua
ted, he was sent to St. John's College by the contributions of his friends, where he obtained a small exhibition.
At his College he lived for fome time in the same chamber with the wellknown Ford, by whom I have formerly heard him described as a contracted scholar and à mere verfifyer, unacquainted with life, and unskilful in conversation. His addiction to metre was then such, that his companions familiarly called him Poet. When he had opportunities of mingling with mankind, he cleared himself, as Ford likewise owned, from great part of his fcholastick rust.
He appeared early in the world as a translator of the Iliads into prose, in