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The only mark of genius lay in his bright and piercing eye.He was sickly in constitution, and required and received great tenderness and care.We also ask that you: Make non-commercial use of the files We designed Google Book Search for use by individuals, and we request that you use these files for personal, non-commercial purposes.Refrain from automated querying Do not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system: If you are conducting research on machine translation, optical character recognition or other areas where access to a large amount of text is helpful, please contact us.His aunt gave him his first lessons in reading, and he soon became an enthusiastic lover of books ; and by copying printed characters, taught himself to write.When eight years old, he was placed under the care of the family priest, one Bannister, who taught him the Latin and Greek grammars together.
Thus met Galileo with Milton, Milton with Dryden, Dryden with Pope, and Bums with Scott Carruthers strikingly remarks, "Considering the perils and uncertainties of a literary life — ^its precarious rewards, feverish anxieties, mortifications, and disappointments, joined to the tyranny of the Tonsons and Lintots, and the malice and envy of dunces, all of which Dryden had long and bitterly experi- enced — ^the aged poet could hardly have looked at the deli- cate and deformed boy, whose preternatural acuteness and sensibihty were seen in his dark eyes, without a feeling Digitized by Google LIFE OP ALEXANDEE POPE.Once, when three years old, he narrowly escaped from an angry cow, but was wounded in the throat.He was remarkable as a child for his amiable temper ; and from the sweetness of his voice, received the name of the Little Nightingale.You can search through the full text of this book on the web at |http : //books . com/ J f ( -Mm'6m.mfy/^' i' -5^;= Digitized by Google 6C Digitized by Google Digitized by Google Digitized by Google Digitized by Google POPE'S POETICAL WORK& Digitized by Google bdinburoh: PRINTED BT BALLAHTTKB AHD OOlf PAST, PAUL'8 work. His great delight was in his garden ; and both he and his wife seem to have cherished the warmest interest in their son, who was very delicate in health, and their only child.Digitized by Google THE POETICAL WORKS OF ALEXANDER POPE. Pope's study is still preserved in Binfield; and on the lawn, a cypress-tree which he is said to have planted, is pointed out. His figure was deformed — ^his back humped — his stature short (four feet) — ^his legs and arms disproportionably long.