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IN TWO VOLUMES.
WITH THE LIFE OE THE AUTHOR,
Sæpe ego longos
-Right well I call to mind
Yet while he woo'd the gentle throng,
VERSES by ----
BRITISH LIBRARY, STRAND,
&c. &c. &c.
Ill was he skill'a to guide his wand'ring sheep,
PRINTED FOR JOHN BELL, BOOKSELLER TO HIS
GREAT part of the Poetical Works of Mr. Shenstone, particularly his Elegies and Pastorals, are (as he himself expresses it) “ the exact transcripts of "the situation of his own mind,” and abound in free quent allusions to his own place, the beautiful scene of his retirement from the world. Exclusively, therefore, of our natural curiosity to be acquainted with the history of an author whose Works we peruse with pleasure, some short account of Mr. Shenstone's personal character, and situation in life, may not only be agreeable, but absolutely necessary to the reader, as it is impossible he should enter into the true spirit of his writings, if he is entirely ignorant of those circumstances of his life which sometimes so greatly influenced his reflections.
I could wish, however, that this task had been allotted to some person capable of performing it in that masterly manner which the subject so well deserves, To confess the truth, it was chiefly to prevent his Remains from falling into the hands of
any one still less qualified to do him justice, that I have
unwillingly ventured to undertake the publication to of them myself.
Mr. Shenstone was the eldest son of a plain uneducated gentleman in Shropshire, who farmed his
own estate. The father, sensible of his son's exstraordinary capacity, resolved to give him a learned