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Epitaph on Dr. Parnell,

Epilogue to the Comedy of the Sisters,
Epilogue spoken by Mrs. Bulkley and Miss

Catley,

Epilogue intended for Mrs. Bulkley,
The Haunch of Venison,

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DRAMATIC.

The Good-natured Man. A Comedy,

She Stoops to Conquer, or, the Mistakes of a

Night. A Comedy,

An Oratorio; first printed in the Paris edi-
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dom. An allegory to prove its
futility,

XXXVIII. The Chinese philosopher praises
the justice of a late sentence,
and instances the injustice of
the King of France, in the case
of the Prince of Charolais,

XXXIX. The description of true polite-
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XL. The English still have poets,
though not versifiers,
XLI. The behaviour of the congrega-
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XLVIII. The absurdity of persons in high
station pursuing employments
beneath them, exemplified in
a fairy tale,

XLIX. The fairy tale continued,

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LXXXI. The ladies' trains ridiculed,
LXXXII. The sciences useful in a populous
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MEMOIRS

OF THE

LIFE AND WRITINGS

OF

Oliver Goldsmith.

There are few writers for whom the reader feels | villages claim the honour of having given him such personal kindness as for Oliver Goldsmith. birth: Pallas in the county of Longford; and ElThe fascinating ease and simplicity of his style; phin, in the county of Roscommon. The former the benevolence that beams through every page; is named as the place in the epitaph by Dr. Johnthe whimsical yet amiable views of human life and son, inscribed on his monument in Westminster human nature; the mellow unforced humour, Abbey; but later investigations have decided in fablended so happily with good feeling and good vour of Elphin. sense, throughout his writings; win their way irresistibly to the affections and carry the author with them. While writers of greater pretensions and more sounding names are suffered to lie upon our shelves, the works of Goldsmith are cherished and laid in our bosoms. We do not quote them with ostentation, but they mingle with our minds; they sweeten our tempers and harmonize our thoughts; they put us in good humour with ourselves and with the world, and in so doing they make us hap-on her relations for support. pier and better men.

He was the second son of the Rev. Charles Goldsmith, a clergyman of the established church, but without any patrimony. His mother was daughter of the Rev. Oliver Jones, master of the diocesan school at Elphin. It was not till some time after the birth of Oliver that his father obtained the living of Kilkenny-West, in the county of Westmeath. Previous to this period he and his wife appear to have been almost entirely dependent

His father was equally distinguished for his lite

We have been curious therefore in gathering to-rary attainments and for the benevolence of his gether all the heterogeneous particulars concerning heart. His family consisted of five sons and two poor Goldsmith that still exist; and seldom have we daughters. From this little world of home Goldmet with an author's life more illustrative of his smith has drawn many of his domestic scenes, works, or works more faithfully illustrative of the both whimsical and touching, which appeal so forauthor's life.* His rambling biography displays cibly to the heart, as well as to the fancy; his fahim the same kind, artless, good humoured, excur- ther's fireside furnished many of the family scenes sive, sensible, whimsical, intelligent being that he of the Vicar of Wakefield; and it is said that the appears in his writings. Scarcely an adventure or learned simplicity and amiable peculiarities of that a character is given in his page that may not be worthy divine have been happily illustrated in the traced to his own parti-coloured story. Many of character of Dr. Primrose. his most ludicrous scenes and ridiculous incidents have been drawn from his own blunders and mischances, and he seems really to have been buffeted into almost every maxim imparted by him for the instruction of his readers.

Oliver Goldsmith was a native of Ireland, and was born on the 29th of November, 1728. Two

The present biography is principally taken from the Scotch edition of Goldsmith's works, published in 1821.

The Rev. Henry Goldsmith, elder brother of the poet, and born seven years before him, was a man of estimable worth and excellent talents. Great expectations were formed of him, from the promise of his youth, both when at school and at college; but he offended and disappointed his friends, by entering into matrimony at the early age of nineteen, and resigning all ambitious views for love and a curacy. If, however, we may be lieve the pictures drawn by the poet of his brother

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