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With Memoirs and Critical Dissertations,
REV. GEORGE GILFILLAN. 4
280. p. 88.
LIFE OF JOHN ARMSTRONG, M.D.
THE eminent author of " The Art of Preserving Health " was born at Castleton, on the banks of the Liddel, in Roxburghshire, about the year 1709; a year remarkable, too, for the birth of Dr Johnson. The Liddel washes the romantic region of Liddesdale, described so graphically in “Guy Mannering," and forming a fit birthplace for a poet. One of the finest passages in Armstrong's poems is devoted to a panegyric on the Liddel:
“Such the stream
With painted meadows, and the golden grain !” It has been quite a fashion with poets, such as Thomson in his “ Seasons," and Coleridge in his lines to the river Otter,: beginning,
“Dear native brook, wild streamlet of the west," to apostrophise their native rivers. Nor can we wonder at it, when we remember that a stream, whether winding through groves and fertile plains, or pouring its silver through dusky moorlands, or sounding on its way through deep overhanging forests, or coming forth from its mountain spring “like human