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Edward Young
Edward Young (1683 - April 5, 1765) was an English poet, best remembered for Night Thoughts. He was the son of Edward Young, afterwards dean of Salisbury, and was born at his father's rectory at Upham, near Winchester, where he was baptized on July 3, 1683. He was educated at Winchester College, and matriculated in 1702 at New College, Oxford. He later moved to Corpus Christi, and in 1708 was nominated by Archbishop Tenison to a law fellowship at All Souls'. He took his degree of D.C.L. in 1719. His first publication was an Epistle to ... Lord Lansdoune (1713). It was followed by a Poem on the Last Day (1713), dedicated to Queen Anne; The Force of Religion: or Vanquished Love (1714), a poem on the execution of Lady Jane Grey and her husband, dedicated to the Countess of Salisbury; and an epistle to Joseph Addison, On the late Queen's Death and His Majesty's Accession to the Throne (1714), in which he rushed to praise the new king. The fulsome style of the dedications jars with the pious tone of the poems, and they are omitted from his own edition of his works.

the complaint: or night thoughts on life, death, and immortality
By Nature's law, what may be, may be now;
There's no prerogative in human hours.
In human ... [read poem]
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