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ddison, Joseph, . . 245 Johnson, Samuel, . .
kenside, Mark, . .. · 364 Jonson, Ben,
arbauld, Anna Letitia, • 419 Ken, Thomas,
eattie, James,

• 412 King, Henry,
vaumont and Fletcher . 97 Logan, John,
lair, Robert, .

310 Massinger, Philip, ..
loomfield, Robert, . 496 lilton, John, . .
rowne, William, . · 119 More, Hannah, . .
ruce, Michael, . . 425 Parnell, Thomas, . ..
urns, Robert, . . • 478 Pope, Alexander, . .
batterton, Thomas, · 444+Prior, Matthew, . .
haucer, Geoffrey,

1 Quarles, Francis, . ..
ollins, William, .

• 358 Raleigh, Sir Walter, .
owley, Abraham, . · 188 Ramsay, Allan, ..
owper, William, .

892+Sandys, George, . .
rabbe, George, . . 454Shakspeare, William, .
rashaw, Richard, • 158 Sherburne, Sir Edward,
avies, Sir John, . - 84 Shirley, James, . .
enham, Sir John,

184 Sidney, Sir Philip, .
rummond, William,

107 Southwell, Robert, .
ryden, John, . . 198 Spenser, Edmund,
rgusson, Robert, • 486 Swift, Jonathan, .
letcher, Giles, .

117 Sylvester, Joshua,
letcher, Phineas,

102 Thomson, James, .
15, John, . .

• 806 Vaughan, Henry, .
bidemith, Oliver,

• 8697 Waller, Edmund, .
ray, Thomas, . . 350+ Watts, Isaac, . .
abington, William, . . 152 White, Henry Kirke,.
erbert, George, . . . 132 Wither, George, .
krrick, Robert, . . . 125 Wotton, Sir Henry,
wywood, Thomas, . . 136Young, Edward, . .
oward, Henry, Earl of Surrey, 11 |

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EMINENT BRITISH POETS,

CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED

FROM CHAUCER TO BURNS,

WITH CRITICISMS ON THEIR WORKS, SELECTED FROM

THE MOST DISTINGUISHED WRITERS.

INTENDED FOR TEACHERS, AND THE HIGHER CLASSES IN SCHOOLS,

No species of writing seems more worthy' of 'cultivation than Biography;
since none can be more delightful oz igore useful, not za a more certainly
enchain the heart by irresistible interest, or more widely diffuse instruction
to every diversity of condition.-JOHNSON.

PUBLISHED BY DIRECTION OF THE
COMMISSIONERS OF NATIONAL EDUCATION IN IRELAND.

DUBLIN:
PRINTED BY ALEX. THOM & SONS, 87, ABBEY-STREET

FOR HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.

FUBLIC LIBRARY

160444

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

PREFACE.

The following Biographical and Critical Sketches have been compiled for the use of teachers, and for such of their pupils, in the advanced classes, as may be qualified to profit by the study. of. literary .biography: It was thought that the Seleçtipps frypy.the Posts yould be read with a more lively interest, and with a greater probability of making a lasting inspression, if accompanied by notices of their authors. - Too youthful readers there is do department of literature more attractive and useful than biography. It coiveys inštruction in a simple and pleasing form. The great object effected by it is the improvement of the mind by means of example, which is frequently more powerful in its influence than mere precept. Impressed with a conviction of this truth, the compiler trusts that the memoirs of the several writers, drawn up expressly for this work, will have the effect of inducing the young student to enter upon a more extensive field of biographical inquiry, and of qualifying him to exercise a sound judgment on their literary merits.

In the preparation of these notices of eminent British poets, the compiler has endeavoured to be accurate and impartial. He does not lay claim either to extensive research or original criticism; he aspires only to the

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