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Corbyn Morris’s rhapsodic verses ‘On Reading Dr. Goldsmith’s Poem, the Deserted Village,' published in The New Foundling Hospital for Wit, 1784

Corbyn Morris (1710-79) was not strictly speaking a literary man but his set of verses combining personally held economic and artistic views appeared in a late edition of The New Foundling Hospital for Wit. They were probably composed around 1771-5. As Morris's own footnote indicates, the poem was occasioned by seeing Bowood in Wiltshire, the stately mansion, gardens, and park of the Earl of Shelburne. Biographical information about Morris is found in the DNB and in James L. Clifford's introduction to an edition of Morris's An Essay towards Fixing the True Standards of Wit (1744), Los Angeles, California, Augustan Reprint Society, 1947·