Oldalképek
PDF
ePub
[ocr errors]

ON

LIFE, DEATH, AND IMMORTALITY.

BY EDWARD YOUNG, LL. D.

WITH THE

LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.

A NEW EDITION.

London

PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON; OTRIDGE AND SON; LONGMAN
AND REES; CADELL AND DAVIES; VERNOR AND HOOD,
J. MAWMAN; T. HURST; J. SCATCHERD;

AND J. HOOKHAM.

J. Cundee, Printer, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row.

CENOX LIBRARY

NEW YORK

THE

LIFE OF DR. YOUNG.

THE pen of biography cannot be better enployed, than in the service of an author, who displayed eminent genius and abilities in the cause of virtue and religion. Such was Dr. Young, the subject of these Memoirs.

His father, whose name was also Edward Young, was Fel. low of Winchester College, Rector of Upham in Hampshire, and, in the latter part of his life, Dean of Sarum ; chaplain to William and Mary, and afterwards to Queen Ann. Jacob tells us that the latter, when Princess Royal, did him the honour to stand godmother to our poet; and that, upon her ascending the throne, he was appointed Clerk of the Closet to

her Majesty

It does not appear that this gentleman distinguished himself in the Republic of Letters, otherwise than by a Latin Visitation Sermon, preached in 1686, and by two volumes of Sermons, printed in 1702, and which he dedicated to Lord Bradford, through whose interest he probably received some of his promotions. The Dean died at Sarum in 1705, aged 63 ; after a very short illness, as appears by the exordium of Bishop Burnet's sermon at the Cathedral on the following Sunday. . $Death (said he) has been of late walking round

b

YOUNG

us, and making breach upori breschopon us, and has now carried away the head of this body..yith; a spoke ; so that hei whom you saw a week ago distributing the bolý mysteries; is now laid in the dust. But he still lives in the Smany excellent directions he has left us; both how to live. " and how to die."

Our author, who was an only son, was born at his father's rectory in 1681, and received the first part of his education (as his father had formerly done) at Winchester College ; from whence, in his 19th year, he was placed on the foundation of New College, Oxford; whence again, on the death of the Warden in the same year, he was removed to Corpus Christi. In 1708, Archbishop-Tennison Fordinated him to a law fellowship at All Souls, where, in 1714, he took the de gree of Bachelor of Civil Law, and five years afterwards that of Doctor.

Between the acquisition of these academia:honours, Young: was appointed to speak the Latin Oration on the foundation of the Codrington Library, which he afterwards printed, with azchálication to the Ladies of that family, in English.

In this part of his life, qur author is said not to have beesi that ornament:ta virtue and religion which he afterwardsbe came. This is easy to be accolated for. He had been release from parental authority by his father's death; and his genius

and conversation had introduced him to the notice of the witty Bad Krofligate Duke of Wharton, and his gay compa: nions by whom his finances might be improved, but not his. morals: This is the period at which Pope is said to have told Warburton, our young author had “much genius without

common sense;" and it should seem likewise, that he μόςsessed a zeal for religion with little of its practical influence'; for, with all his gaiety and ambition, he was an advocate for

* At the instigation of this peer, he was once candidate for a seat in Parliameet, but without success, and the expences were paid by Wharton.

« ElőzőTovább »