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.station, his desire was to be looked upon as a private

“ independent gentleman, who read for his amuse

" ment. Perhaps it may be said, What signifies so

" much knowledge, when it produced so little? Is it

*** worth taking so much pains to leave no memorial

“ but a few poems? But let it be considered, that Mr.

* Gray was to others, at least innocently employed;

« to himself certainly beneficially. His time passed a

ti greeably; he was every day making some new ač. " quisition in science; his mind was enlarged, his

" heart foftened, his virtue strengthened; the world

* and mankind were shewn to him without a mafk;

* and he was tauglit to confider every thing as trifling,

" and unworthy the attention of a wise man, except

" the pursuit of knowledge, and the practice of virtue,

* in that state wherein God hath placed us.”

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