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Let the high cedar and the mountain pine Then all on fire the Author's skill adore,
Lowly to thee, Great King, their heads incline. And in loud songs extol Creating Power.
Let every spicy odoriferous tree

Degenerate minds, in mazy errour lost,
Present its incense and its balm to thee.

May combat Heaven, and impious triumphs boast; And thou, Heaven's viceroy o'er this world But, while my veins feel animating fires, In this blest task superior ardour show : (below, And vital air this breathing breast inspires, To view thyself, inflect thy reason's ray,

Grateful to Heaven, I'll stretch a pious wing, Nature's replenish'd theatre survey;

And sing his praise, who gave me power to sing:

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ELIJAH FENTON.

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LIFE OF FENTON,

BY DR. JOHNSON.

The brevity with which I am to write the account of ELIJAH FENTON, is not the effect of indifference or negligence. I have sought intelligence among his relations in bis native country, but have not obtained it.

He was born near Newcastle in Staffordshire, of an ancient family', whose estate was very considerable; but he was the youngest of eleven children, and being therefore necessarily destined to some lucrative employment was sent first to school, and

· He was born at Shelton, near Newcastle, May 20, 1683; and was the youngest of eleven children of John Fenton, an attorney at law, and one of the coroners for the county of Stafford. His father died in 1694 ; and his grave, in the church-yard of Stoke upon Trent, is distinguished by the following elegant Latin inscription from the pen of his son :

H. S. E.
JOANNES FENTON

de Shelton
antiquâ stirpe generosus;
juxta reliquias conjugis

CATHARINE
formâ, moribus, pietate,
optimo viro dignissimæ :

Qui
intemeratâ in ecclesiam fide,
et virtutibus intaminatis enituit;

necnon ingenii lepore

bonis artibus expoliti,
ac animo erga omnes benevolo,

sibi suisque jucundus vixit.
Decem annos uxori dilectæ superstcs
magnum sui desiderium bonis

omnibus reliquit,

salutis humanæ 1694.
Anno

{ælatis suæ 56.
See Gent. Mag. 1791, vol. LXI. p. 703.

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