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scap'd from life! O safe on that calm shore, And while they warble from each spray, Where sin, and pain, and passion are no more! Love melts the universal lay. What never wealth could buy, nor power decree, Let us, Amanda, timely wise, Pesari and Pity, wait sincere on thee:

Like them improve the hour that flies; Lo! soft Remembrance drops a pious tear; And, in soft raptures, waste the day, And boly Friendship stands a mourner here. Among the shades of Endermay.

SONG.
TO A SCOTCH TUNE.—THE BINKS OF ENDERMAY.
The smiling morn, the breathing spring,
Invite the tuneful birds to siug :

For soon the winter of the year,
And age, life's winter, will appear :
At this, thy living bloom must fade;
As that will strip the verdant shade.
Our taste of pleasure then is o'er;
The feather'd songsters love no more :
And when they droop, and we decay,
Adieu the shades of Enderinay!

VOL XIV.

THE

POEMS

OP

MARK AKENSIDE, M.D.

1

THE

LIFE OF AKENSIDE,

BY DR. JOHNSON.

Vank Arenside was born on the ninth of November, 1721, at Newcastle upon Tyne. His father, Mark, was a butcher, of the presbyterian sect; his mother's name was Mary Lumsden. He received the first part of his education at the grammarschool of Newcastle ; and was afterwards instructed by Mr. Wilson, who kept a private academy.

At the age of eighteen he was sent to Edinburgh, that he might qualify himself for the office of a dissenting minister, and received some assistance from the fund which the dissenters employ in educating young men of scanty fortune. But a wider view of the world opened other scenes, and prompted other hopes : he determined to study physic, and repaid that contribution, which, being received for a different purpose, he justly thought it dishonourable to retain.

Whether, when he resolved not to be a dissenting minister, he ceased to be a dissenter, I know not. He certainly retained an unnecessary and outrageous zeal for what be called and thought liberty; a zeal which sometimes disguises from the world, and not rarely from the mind which it possesses, an envious desire of plundering wealth or degrading greatness; and of which the immediate tendency is innovation and anarchy, an impetuous eagerness to subvert and confound, with very little care what shall be established.

Akenside was one of those poets who have felt very early the motions of genius, and one of those students who have very early stored their memories with sentiments and images. Many of his performances were produced in his youth; and his greatest work, The Pleasures of Imagination, appeared in 1744. I have heard Dodsley, by whom it was published, relate, that when the copy was offered him, the price demanded for it, which was an hundred and twenty pounds, being such as he was not inclined to give precipitately, he carried the work to Pope, who, having looked into it, advised him not to make a niggardly offer; for “ this was no every-day writer.”

In 1741 he went to Leyden, in pursuit of medical knowledge; and three years afterwards (May 16, 1744) became doctor of physic, having, according to the custom of the Dutch universities, published a thesis or dissertation. The subject which he chose was

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