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THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR:
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
HESIOD, or the RISE OF WOMAN, and the
Accers, dear Nymph, a tribute due
* 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 communitated to the editor, by Mr. Creech of Edinburgh.
LIFE AND WRITINGS
T 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