Author talk:Oliver Goldsmith

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This was the entire contents of the Vicar, a misleading advertisement for a work that has not been added since its creation over three years ago. Cygnis insignis (talk) 19:07, 13 July 2010 (UTC)

The Vicar of Wakefield

A Tale

Supposed to be written by Himself

Sperate miseri, cavete fælices



There are an hundred faults in this Thing, and an hundred things might be said to prove them beauties. But it is needless. A book may be amusing with numerous errors, or it may be very dull without a single absurdity. The hero of this piece unites in himself the three greatest characters upon earth; he is a priest, an husbandman, and the father of a family. He is drawn as ready to teach, and ready to obey, as simple in affluence, and majestic in adversity. In this age of opulence and refinement whom can such a character please? Such as are fond of high life, will turn with disdain from the simplicity of his country fire-side. Such as mistake ribaldry for humour, will find no wit in his harmless conversation; and such as have been taught to deride religion, will laugh at one whose chief stores of comfort are drawn from futurity.

Oliver Goldsmith


fr:Le Vicaire de Wakefield