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LAURENCE EUSDEN (1688-1730)

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 953 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LAURENCE

EUSDEN (1688-1730)  ,
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English poet, son of the Rev . Laurence Eusden, rector of Spofforth,
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Yorkshire, was baptized on the 6th of September 1688 . He was educated at St Peter's school, York, and at Trinity College, Cambridge . He became a minor
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fellow of his college in 1711, and in the next
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year was admitted to a full fellowship: He was made poet laureate in 1718 by the lord chancellor, the duke of Newcastle, as a
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reward for a flattering poem on his
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marriage . He was rector of Coningsby,
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Lincolnshire, where he died on the 27th of September 1730 . His name is less remembered by his
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translations and gratulatory poems than by the numerous satirical allusions of Pope, e.g . " Know, Eusden thirsts no more for
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sack or praise; He sleeps among the dull of ancient days." Dunciad, bk. i . II . 293-294 .

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