Poetical Works of Thomas Gray: With a Memoir (Classic Reprint)

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Bryant says, West was the better scholar. His Latin Compositions, in my opinion, are beautiful in sen timent and expression, though a few inaccuracies may be detected; and some of his English verses even Pope would not have disliked to ownfile In the Letters which form this early part of the Memoirs of Gray, and which passed between him and his friend, there is a purity in the feeling, and an elegance in the subjects and descrip tions, which have always made a most pleasin g impression on my mind, increased perhaps in no small degree by that tender shade of melancholy, which West's declining health, and other circumstances, threw over the opening prospects of his life. A friend, after a long interval had passed, and indeed during Gray's last years, mentioned the name of West to him, when he looked serious, and seemed to feel the affliction of a recent loss. It is said the cause of West's disorder, a consumption which brought him to an early grave, was the fatal discovery which he made of the treachery of a supposed friend, and the Viciousness of a mother whom he tenderly loved. This man, under the mask of friendship to him and his family, intrigued with his mother, and robbed him of his peace of mind, his health, and his life. The regret of friendship has been preserved in some affectionate and beautiful lines with which the fragment of the fourth Book De Principiz's Coyz'lana'z' begin, and which he sent to Mr. Walpole, he says, for the sake of the subject.

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