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Teovas Gray, the son of M. A of London, was born in Comhil. S His greseatical education be recente care of Mr. Astrobes, his mother's best to Dr. George; and when he left schon. a peasier at Peterhouse, in Cambre
The transition from the school to the ca Foung scholars, the time from which they of manbood, liberty, and happiness; ke? have been rerr little delighted with a cations; he liked at Cambridge neither to nor the fashion of study, and lived sulleats à when his attendance on lectures was no ha As be intended to profess the common law, degree.
Whez he had been at Cambridge about the Horace Walpole, whose friendship he had a invited him to travel with him as his coop wandered through France into Italy; and Go contain a very pleasing account of many part journey. But unequal friendships are easti
orence they quarrelled and parted; and M. is now content to have it told that it was by bis we look, however, without prejudice on the forme find that men, whose consciousness of their own them above the compliances of servility, are apo in their association with superiours, to watch to nity with troublesome and punctilious jealousy, fervour of independence to exact that attention
e to pay. Part they did, whatever was the que
Ad in September, 1741, and in irds buried his father, who had, of money upon a new house, so e, that Gray thought himself too He, therefore, retired to Camfter became bachelor of civil law; ng the place or its inhabitants, or , he passed, except a short resiest of his life. was deprived of Mr. West, the son and, a friend on whom he appears to 2, and who deserved his esteem by shows in his letters, and in the Ode to son has preserved, as well as by the when Gray sent him part of Agrippina, d just begun, he gave an opinion which d the progress of the work, and which very reader will confirm. It was certhe English stage that Agrippina was
1742, Gray seems first to have applied
to poetry; for in this year were proar to Spring, his Prospect of Eton, and his
sity. He began likewise a Latin poem, Cogitandi.
collected from the narrative of Mr. Mason, ambition was to have excelled in Latin poetry: s ere reasonable to wish that he had prosecuted
for, though there is at present some em TIL his phrase, and some harshness in his lyric
de copiousness of language is such as very " sund his lines, even when imperfect, disa zom practice would quickly have made sk
W lived on at Peterhouse, very little in driers did or thought, and cultivated
", very little solicitous cultivated his mind and
med his views without any other pu Gazing and amusing himself; when Mi Wind fellow of Pembroke hall, brought
ther purpose than of hen Mr. Mason, being fought him a companion
methods; he became a fellow of the Royal Society, obtained a degree at Cambridge; and was admitted in the College of Physicians; he wrote little poetry, but lished, from time to time, medical essays and observatin he became physician to St. Thomas's hospital; be read t Gulstonian lectures in anatomy; but began to give, fer 2 Crounian lecture, a history of the revival of learning, feel which he soon desisted; and, in conversation, be eagerly forced himself into notice by an ambitious ostet tion of elegance and literature.
His Discourse on the Dysentery, 1764, was considered a very conspicuous specimen of Latinity, which entte: him to the same height of place among the scholars an possessed before among the wits; and he might, perkus have risen to a greater elevation of character, but that studies were ended with his life, by a putrid fever, Jude 3) 1770, in the forty-ninth year of his age,
Akenside is to be considered as a didactick and lyzia poet. His great work is the Pleasures of Imagination : 8 performance which, published as it was, at the age twenty-three, raised expectations that were not very ampi! satisfied. It has undoubtedly a just claim to very partici lar notice, as an example of great felicity of genius, ant uncommon amplitude of acquisitions, of a young nm stored with images, and much exercised in combining and comparing them.
With the philosophical or religious tenets of the author, I have nothing to do; my business is with his poetry. The subject is well chosen, as it includes all images that can strike or please, and thus comprises every species of poer cal delight. The only difficulty is in the choice of esama ples and illustrations; and it is not easy, in such exuberance of matter, to find the middle point between penury and satiety. The parts seem artificially disposed, with sufficient coherence, so as that they cannot change their places wildout injury to the general design.
" A most curious and original character of Akenside is given by Gears Hardinge, in vol. viii. of Nichols's Literary Anecdotes. Ed.