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THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR:
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
HESIOD, or the RISE OF WOMAN, and the
PARLEMENT-STREET, N' 39.
Acczer, dear Nymph, a tribute due
To sacred friendship, and to you;
But with it take what breath'd the whole,
* These verses were never before published. They were written by Mr. Thomson to Amanda, then Miss Y-G. so often celebrated, with a present of the first Copy of his Seasons. They have been communicated to the editor, by Mr. Creech of Edinburgh.
LIFE AND WRITINGS
It is commonly said, that the life of a good writer
is best read in his works; which can scarce fail to receive a peculiar tincture from his temper, manners, and habits; the distinguishing character of his mind, his ruling passion, at least, will there appear undisguised. But however just this observation may be; and although we might safely rest Mr. Thomson's fame, as a good man, as well as a man of genius, on this sole footing; yet the desire which the public always shews of being more particularly acquainted with the history of an eminent author, ought not