The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith

The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith

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The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith

The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith

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Thirty years of taking-in; fifteen years of giving out; -- that, in brief, is Oliver Goldsmith's story. When, in 1758, his failure to pass at Surgeons' Hall finally threw him on letters for a living, the thirty years were finished, and the fifteen years had been begun. What was to come he knew not; but, from his bare-walled lodging in Green-Arbour Court, he could at least look back upon a sufficiently diversified past. He had been an idle, orchardrobbing schoolboy; a tuneful but intractable sizar of Trinity; a lounging, loitering, fair-haunting, fluteplaying Irish "buckeen." He had tried both Law and Divinity, and crossed the threshold of neither. He had started for London and stopped at Dublin; he had set out for America and arrived at Cork. He had been many things: -- a medical student, a strolling musician, a corrector of the press, an apothecary, an usher at a Peckham "academy." Judged by ordinary standards, he had wantonly wasted his time. And yet, as things fell out, it is doubtful whether his parti-coloured experiences . . .

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