chapter  25
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Edward Mangin on Goldsmith’s greatness as a moral instructor, in An Essay on Light Reading, 1808

The exordium of the Traveller, or a Prospect of Society, is very happily conceived; and the reference to home and its delights, is an affecting instance of the poet's art in the commencement of a composition which depicts the wanderings over a foreign land of one, whose 'heart untravelled' turns with fondness to the scenes of early life, and acknowledges so tenderly the ties of kindred. Though nothing can appear more easy or natural than this introduction of himself, yet thus completely to interest the reader in his private feelings is a proof of consummate skill.