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Mark Akenside

(1721-1770 / England)

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MARK AKENSIDE was born on the ninth of November, 1721, at Newcastle upon Tyne. His father, Mark, was a butcher, of the Presbyterian sect; his mother's name was Mary Lumsden. He received the first part of his education at the grammar-school of Newcastle , and was afterwards instructed by Mr. Wilson, who kept a private academy.
At the age of eighteen he was sent to Edinburgh, that he might qualify himself for the office of a dissenting minister; and received some assistance from the fund which the dissenters employ in educating young men of scanty fortune . But a wider view of the world opened other scenes and prompted other hopes: he determined to study physic, and repaid that ... more »

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  • ''He with cowslips pale,
    Primrose, and purple lychnis, decked the green
    Before my threshold, and my shelving walls
    With honeysuckle covered.''
    Mark Akenside (1721-70), British poet, physician. Inscription for a Grotto (l. 5-8). . . Seven Centuries of Poetry; Chaucer to Dylan Thomas. A. N....
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