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at times as much embarrassed in his circumstances, as when his income was in its lowest and most precarious state.
He had been for some years, at different times, affected with a violent strangury, which contributed to embitter the latter part of his life, and which, united with the vexations he suffered upon other occasions, brought on a kind of habitual despondency. In this condition he was attacked by a nervous fever, which, in spite of the most able medical assistance, terminated in his dissolution on the 4th day of April, 1774, in the forty-third year of his age.
His remains were deposited in the burial-ground belonging to the Temple, and a monument hath since been erected to his memory, in Westminster-Abbey, at the expense of a literary club to which he belonged. It consists of a large medallion, exhibiting a good likeness of the Doctor, embellished with literary ornaments; underneath which is a tablet of white marble, with the following Latin inscription, written by his friend Dr. Samuel Johnson:
Poetæ, Physici, Historici;
Ingenio sublimis, vividus, versatilis;
In Loco cui Nomen Pallas,
Nov. xxix. MDCCXXXI.
This Monument is raised
To the Memory of
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Poet, Natural Philosopher, and Historian, Who left no species of writing untouched,
Unadorned by his pen,
Or draw tears:
Over the affections,
Equal to every subject:
Pure, and delicate.
His memory will last
Friendship is not void of honour,
29th Nov. 1731.
4th April, 1774.
We shall conclude this account of the life of Dr. Goldsmith with the two following poems, written on the occasion of his death.
ON THE DEATH
BY W. WOTY.
ADIEU, sweet Bard! to each fine feeling true,
DEATH OF DR. OLIVER GOLDSMITH.
DARK as the night, which now in dunnest robe