Edwin

The hero of Beattie's Minstrel.

And yet poor Edwin was no vulgar boy;
Deep thought oft seemed to fix his infant eye,
Dainties he heeded not, nor gaud, nor toy,
Save one short pipe of rudest minstrelsy;
Silent when glad; affectionate, though shy.
And now his look was most demurely sad;
And now he laughed aloud, yet none knew why.
The neighbours stared and sighed, yet blessed the lad;
Some deemed him wondrous wise, and some believed him mad.

Canto i. 16.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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