chapter  80
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Leigh Hunt’s pronouncements on Goldsmith the genius and writer, in Wit and Humour, Selected from the English Poets, 1846

GoLDSMITH excelled all his contemporaries in variety of genius but VoLTAIRE. If he was less of the profound thinker than JoHNSON, who scarcely ever thought otherwise than profoundly, he was a greater humourist, and what is more, a greater poet. The author, whose pen can move from novel writing to history, from history to poetry, and from poetry to natural philosophy, always with elegance, if not always with felicity, will boast a greater number of readers and consequently of admirers than him, who is greatest of the great in only one species of writing.