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Page * Addison, Joseph, .

245 Johnson, Samuel, Akenside, Mark,

364 Jonson, Ben, Larbauld, Anna Letitia, 419 | Ken, Thomas, Beattie, James,

412 King, Henry, Beaumont and Fletcher

97 Logan, John, Blair, Robert,

310 Massinger, Philip, Bloomfield, Robert,

496ilton, John, Prowne, William, .

119 More, Hannah, Bruce, Michael,

425 Parnell, Thomas, . Burtis, Robert,

473 Pope, Alexander, · Chatterton, Thomas,

444 + Prior, Matthew, Thaucer, Geoffrey,

1. Quarles, Francis, • Collins, William,

358 Raleigh, Sir Walter, Cowley, Abraham,

188 Ramsay, Allan, wper, William, .

392 +Sandys, George, Crabbe, George,

454Shakspeare, William, Crashaw, Richard,

153 Sherburne, Sir Edward, Davies, Sir John, .

84 Shirley, James, Denham, Sir John,

184 Sidney, Sir Philip, Jammond, William,

107 Southwell, Robert, Bryden, John,

198 Spenser, Edmund, Pergusson, Robert,

436 Swift, Jonathan, 'fetcher, Giles,

117 Sylvester, Joshua, ketcher, Phineas,

102 | Thomson, James, . ay, Jobn,

306+ Vaughan, Henry, . cidsmith, Oliver,

3697 Waller, Edmund, ray, Thomas,

350+ Watts, Isaac, abington, William,

152 White, Henry Kirke, bert, George,

132 Wither, George, rrick, Robert,

125 Wotton, Sir Henry, wood, Thomas,

136 Young, Edward, leury, Earl of Surrey, 11

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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 o more useful, nat saa more certainly
enchain the heart by irresistibly 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.

PUBLIC 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 from the Posts vould be read with a more lively interest, and with a greater probability of making a lasting inspression, if accompanied by notices of their authors. . T8 youthful readers there is do department of literature more attractive and useful than biography. It conveys' instruction 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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