Oliver Goldsmith was born in 1728 in Pallas, a little out-of-the- way Irish village.
But after three years of school under wonderful Paddy Byrne, Goldsmith became very ill with smallpox.
At length, when Goldsmith was nearly seventeen, he went to Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar.
Goldsmith's History of Rome came to me much later, but quite as immemorably, and after I had formed a preference for the Greek Republics, which I dare say was not mistaken.
I do not think I yet felt the beauty of the literature which made them all live in my fancy, that I conceived of Goldsmith as an artist using for my rapture the finest of the arts; and yet I had been taught to see the loveliness of poetry, and was already trying to make it on my own poor account.
I must have told the boys stories out of my Goldsmith's Greece and Rome, or it would not have been known that I had read them, but I have no recollection now of doing so, while I distinctly remember rehearsing the allegories and fables of the 'Gesta Romanorum', a book which seems to have been in my hands about the same time or a little later.
After a full hearing, the alderman gave it as his opinion that his neighbour was under a mistake, and that I was innocent, and the goldsmith
acquiesced in it too, and his wife, and so I was dismissed; but as I was going to depart, Mr.
The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain, when he heard the song of the bird on his roof.
'Here is the chain, take it,' said the goldsmith. 'Only sing me that again.'
The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw, and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang:
The goldsmith, as he entered, found her thus occupied.
As the daughter of a president of accounts, she had brought a marriage portion of thirty thousand crowns to her husband, who was syndic of the goldsmiths. These thirty thousand crowns had become very fruitful during twenty years.