Excerpt from The Poetical Works of Rogers, Campbell, J. Montgomery, Lamb, and Kirke White: Complete in One Volume
Tuna seems to be something so repugnant to and various passages display uncommon filicity. Tin pursuits of literature in habits of trade and As a whole, perhaps i... ts chief defect is that it mmerce, that the instances have been very rare wants vigor, but the deficiency in this quality which they have been combined in one indi is made up in correctness and harmony. Rogers vidual. 'i'hehistorianofthemedici,androens isoneol'themost scrupulousot'thesonsofthe tlnpoegarealmostsolitary instancesofliterary lyre inhis metre,andhetooolten sacrificesthat tasteandtalentbeingunited harmoniouslywith trafic. Samuel Rogers is a banker in London, of a writer's works, and prevents sameness and and has been fiir many years at the head of monotony, tomere cold purity of style. Perhaps amostrespectablefirm. His fatherfiollowednopoemofequal siseevercostitsauthorso the same business before him, and amassed con many hours to produce. Not satisfied with his eiderable wealth, both which became the her. Itage of the Poet, who was born about the ofeomeofhie friends; oneofthemostdevoted year 1762, in London; but little or nothing is of whom, Richard Sharpe,thenawholesalehatter, known of the way in which he passed his early and since Member of Parliament,' has said that, years. His education was liberal, no cost having before the publication of this poem, and while been spared to render him an accomplished preparing the successive editions for press. They scholar. That be improved by thought and te had read it together several hundred times, at fiection uponthe lessonsot'hisyouth, therecan homeaswellasonthecontinent, and in every be no doubt; and, it is tobepresumed, he lost temperot'mind thatvariedcompanyandvaried no opportunity of reaping profit from the extra. Scenery could produce. Ordinary advantages which his much obtained In the year 1798, Rogers published An Epi-o for him. He always kept the beat society, both tle to a Friend, with other Poems, and in 1812 as respected rank and talent, the circle of which The Voyage of Columbus. Two years ather in the metropolis of England in his younger wards, in conjunction with Lord Byron, or days was more than commonly brilliant His rather printed in the same volume with Byron's political ideas are what are styled liberal, and no Lara, appeared his tale of Jacqueline a poem one haeever been able to reproach him withthe which displays a strange contrast to the fire abandonmt of a single principle with which he and energy of the author of Manfred. Sweet originally set out in life. Over most of his early and pleasing rather than striking, Jacqueline. W and compnions the grave has now closed, though well received, contributed little to ih and they included among them many great creaee its author's reputation. Human Life.
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