The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, Volumen 62

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H. Hughs, 1779
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Página 13 - Poets are fultans, if they had their will; " For every author would his brother '.» kill." And Pope, " Should fuch a man, too fond to rule •" alone, " Bear like the Turk no brother near " the throne." But this is not the beft of his little pieces : it is excelled by his poem to
Página 7 - read for its elegance, the philofopher for its arguments, and. the faint for its' piety. It were an injury to the reader.' to offer him an abridgement. , He died July 26, 1680, before he. had completed his thirty-third year ; and was fo worn away by a long illnefs, that life went out without a
Página 12 - with a new appearance, and novelty is always grateful where it gives no pain. But the merit of fuch performances begins and ends with the firft author. He that Ihould again adapt Milton's phrafe to the grofs incidents of common life, and even adapt it with more art, which would not be difficult,
Página 2 - where he was diftinguifhed by a lucky accident. It was his turn, one day, to pronounce a declamation ; and Dr. Hough, the prefident, happening to attend, thought the compofition too good to be the fpeaker's. Some time, after, the doctor, finding him a little irregularly bufy in the library, fet him an exercife for
Página 42 - and Oxford was unwilling to lofe 'him: he was endured, with all his pranks and his vices, two years longer; but on Dec. 20, 1705, at the inftance of all the canons, the fentence declared five years before was put in execution. The execution was, I believe, filent and tender; for one of
Página 43 - friends, from whom I learned much of his life, appeared not to know it. He was now driven to London, where he affociated himfelf with the Whigs, whether becaufe they were in power, or becaufe the Tories had expelled him^ or becaufe he was a Whig by principle, may perhaps be doubted. He was
Página 49 - an elegant .mixture of fondnefs and admiration, of dignity and foftnefs. There are fome paflages too ludicrous; but every human .performance has its faults. This elegy it was the mode among his friends to purchafe for a guinea; .and, as his acquaintance was numerous, .it was a very profitable poem. Of his Pindar, mentioned by
Página 51 - avocations, he was, in June 1710, invited by Mr. George Ducket to his .houfe at Gartham in Wiltfhire. Here he found fuch opportunities of indulgence as did not much forward his fludies, and particularly fome ftrong ale, too delicious to be refifted. He eat and .drank till he found himfelf plethorick : and then, refolving to
Página 60 - hours, with companions fuch as are not often found ; with one who has lengthened, and one who has gladdened life; with Dr. James, whofe fkill in phyfick will be long remembered; and with David Garrick,
Página 7 - the articles were difmiffed by the lords. At the acceffion of queen Anne. he was difmiffed from the council; and in the. firft parliament of her reign was again attacked by the commons, and again efcaped by the protection of the lords. In 1704, he wrote an anfwer to Bromley's fpeech againft occafional

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