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From the charge of disaffection he exculpates himself in his preface , by
observing how unlikely it is that , having followed the royal family through all their
distresses , " he should chuse the time of “ their restoration to begin a quarrel with
" them ...
enough from intrusion , without the defence of mountains and oceans ; and
instead of feeking shelter in America , wisely went only so far from the bustle of
life as that he might easily find his way back , when folitude should grow tedious .
... on any occasion , they should have said or done ; but wrote rather as
beholders than partakers of human nature ; as Beings looking upon good and
evil , impassive and at leisure ; as Epicurcan deities making remarks on the
actions of men ...
... perplext , Whose what and where , in disputation is , If I should call me any
thing , thould miss . I sum the years and me , and find me not Debtor to th ' old ,
nor creditor to th ' new , That That cannot say , my thanks I have forgot , CO W L
Yet why should hallow ' d vestals sacred shrine , Deserve more honour than a
flaming mine ? These pregnant wombs of heat would fitter be Than a few embers
for a deity . Had he our pits , the Persian would admire No sun , but warm ' s ...
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The Lives of the English Poets: And a Criticsm of Their works stands out as one of the earliest types of antogies. it is highyly probable that this book became a model for us, anthology writers, to produce a certain kind of anthologies including biography and works of certain authors. therefore, this book is very important in terms of its pioneer position in these kinds of analytical books