« PredošláPokračovať »
DR. GEORGE SEWELL.
Dr. George Sewell, author of Sir Walter Raleigh, a tragedy; several papers in the fifth volume of the Tatler, and ninth of the Spectator; a Life of John Philips; and some other things. There is something melancholy in this poor man's history. He was a physician at Hampstead, with very little practice, and chiefly subsisted on the invitations of the neighbouring gentlemen, to whom his amiable character made him acceptable; but at his death not a friend or relative came to commit his remains to the dust! He was buried in the meanest manner, under a hollow tree, that was once part of the boundary of the church-yard of Hampstead. No memorial was placed over his remains,
SAID TO BE WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR ON HIMSELF WHEN
HE WAS IN A CONSUMPTION,
Why, Damon, with the forward day,
When thou before that year shalt end?
What do thy noon-tide walks avail,
Thou and the worm are brother-kind,
Vain wretch! canst thou expect to see
Exhaling with an evening blast?
Thy narrow pride, thy fancied green,
Nor one of all thy plants that grow,
SIR JOHN VANBRUGH.
BORN 1666.-DIED 1720.
SIR JOHN VANBRUGH', the poet and architect, was the oldest son of Mr. Giles Vanbrugh of London,
1 The family of Sir John Vanbrugh is stated, in the Biographia Dramatica, to have come originally from France; but my friend,