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while performing his journeys on foot, and mix. ing with those classes of society, which other tra. veilers are apt to overlook. of this poem it has been justly said, that the sentiments are always in. teresting, and often new; that ihe imagery is ele. gant, picturesque, and occasionally sublime; and the language nervous, highly finished, and full of harmony. Dr. Jolinson's opinion was, that since the death of Pope, it would not be easy to find any thing equal to the Traveller,' and the late celebrated Mr. Fox declared, it was one of the finest poems

in the English language.

For Goldsmith this poem did much: it brought him first into notice, and gave him an interest, not only with the public at large, but with a class of men (the booksellers), io whose service he had determined to pass his studious hours, having relinquished all thoughts of medicine as a profession.

The same year he published his pathetic ballad, The Hermit, which added considerably to his fame, and recommended him to the patronage of the late duchess of Northumberland. It is singular, that he had written and sold his novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, to a bookseller, some time before these

poems appeared; but the bookseller had scarcely courage to publish it, until their reputation assured bin, that the author's name was now of importance. Accordingly the novel, on its appear. ance, was universally read and admired, and is still one of the standard books, of that kind, in our language.

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In the opinion of some critics, Dr. Goldsmith's reputation as a poet wanted not the aid of The De. serted Village, which they have considered as inferior to his Traveller. This opinion, however, if we mistake not, has not coincided with that of the pub. fic at large. If mere popularity be to decide, the Deserted Village has certainly been oftener reprinted, and will be found oftener in the hands of Goldsmith's admirers. Perhaps, however, no critic of modern times has discriminated their respective merits with more nicety than Dr. Aikio. 'If,' says this judicious critic,' we compare these two princi. pal poems of Goldsmith, we may say, that the Tra. veller is formed upon a more regular plan, has a higher purpose in view, more abouuds in thoughts, and in the expression of moral and philosophical ideas : the Deserted Village has more imagery, more variety, more pathos, more of the peculiar character of poetry. In the first, the moral and na. tural descriptions are more general and elevated : in the second, they are more particular and interest. ing. Both are truly original productions; but the Deserted Village has less peculiarity, and, indeed, has given rise to imitations which may stand in some parallel with it, while the Traveller remains an unique.'

His lesser poems are not without various degrees of merit, although perhaps, neither separately nor collectively, could they have elevated him to the rank earned by his Traveller, and Deserted Vil. lage. The Haunch of Venison, and Retaliation, however, are admirable specimens of that delicate humour in whicb Goldsmith excelled as much when he took up his pen, as he fell short of it when in conversation.

This humour appears particularly in his Essays, a species of composition in which he is inferior only to his great predecessor Addison. Had Goldsmith written, or only been an occasional contributor to, a periodical paper, on a regular plan, we cannot doubt that it would have amply deserved to be classed among those which have lately been col. Ported, under the general title of The British Ese while performing his journeys on foot, and mixing with those classes of society, which other tra. vellers are apt to overlook. Of this poem it bas been justly said, that the sentiments are always interesting, and often new; that the imagery is ele. gant, picturesque, and occasionally sublime; and the language nervous, highly huished, and full of harmony. Dr. Johnson's opinion was, that since the death of Pope, it would not be easy to find any thing equal to the Traveller,' and the late celebrated Mr. Fox declared it was one of the finest poems in the English language.

For Goldsmith this poem did much. "It brought him first into notice, and gave him an interest, not only with the public at large, but with a class of men (the booksellers), in whose service he had determined to pass his studious hours, having relinquished all thoughts of medicine as a profession.

The same year he published his pathetic ballad, The Hermit, which added considerably to his fame, and recommended him to the patronage of the late duchess of Northumberland. It is singular, that he had written and sold his novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, to a bookseller, some time before these

poems appeared; but the bookseller had scarcely courage to publish it, until their reputation assured him, that the author's name was now of importance. Accordingly the novel, on its appear. ance, was universally read and admired, and is still one of the standard books, of that kind, in our language.

In the opinion of some critics, Dr. Goldsmith's reputation as a poet wanted not the aid of The De. serted Village, which they have considered as inferior to his Traveller. This opinion, however, if we mistake not, bas not coincided with that of the pub:

lic at large. If mere popularity be to decide, the Deserted Village has certainly been oftener re. printed, and will be found oftener in the hands of Goldsmith's admirers. Perhaps, however, no critic of modern times has discriminated their respective merits with more nicety than Dr. Aikin. If,' says tbis judicious critic, we compare these two princi. pal poems of Goldsmith, we may say, that the Tra. veller is formed upon a more regular plan, has a higher purpose in view, more abounds in thoughts, and in the expression of moral and philosophical ideas: the Deserted Village has more imagery, more variety, more pathos, more of the peculiar character of poetry. In the first, the moral and Da. tural descriptions are more general and elevated : in the second, they are more particular and interest, ing. Both are truly original productions; but the Deserted Village has less peculiarity, and, indeed, has given rise to imitations which may stand in some parallel with it, while the Traveller remains an unique.'

His lesser poems are not without various degrees of merit, although perhaps, neither separately nor collectively, could they have elevated him to the rank earned by his Traveller, and Deserted Vil. lage. The Haunch of Venison, and Retaliation, however, are admirable specimens of that delicate humour in which Goldsmith excelled as much when he took up his pen, as he fell short of it when in conversation

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This humour appears particularly in his Essays, a species of composition in which he is inferior only to his great predecessor Addison. Had Goldsmith written, or only been an occasional contributor to, a periodical paper, on a regular plan, we cannot doubt that it would have amply deserved to be classed among those which have lately been collected, under the general title of The British Eso

while performing his journeys on foot, and mixing with those classes of society, which other tra. vellers are apt to overlook. Of this poem it has been justly said, that the sentiments are always interestivg, and often pew; that the imagery is ele. gant, picturesque, and occasionally sablime; and the language nervous, highly fuished, and full of harmony. Dr. Johnson's opinion was, that since the death of Pope, it would not be easy to find any thing equal to the Traveller,' and the late celebrated Mr. Fox declared it was one of the finest poems in the English language.

For Goldsmith this poem did much. *It brought him first into notice, and gave him an interest, not only with the public at large, but with a class of men (the booksellers), io whose service he had determined to pass his studious hours, having relinquished all thoughts of medicine as a pro. fession.

The same year he published his pathetic ballad, The Hermit, which added considerably to his fame, and recommended him to the patronage of the Jate duchess of Northumberland. It is singular, that he had written and sold his novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, to a bookseller, some time before these poems appeared; but the bookseller had scarcely courage to publish it, uutil their reputa. tion assured him, that the author's name was now of importance. Accordingly the novel, on its appear. ance, was universally read and admired, and is still one of the standard books, of that kind, in our language.

In the opinion of some critics, Dr. Goldsmith's reputation as a poet wanted not the aid of The De. serted Village, which they have considered as inferior to his Traveller. This opinion, however, if we mistake not, bas not coincided with that of the pub

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