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He composed in Latin several books on Plants , of which the first and second
display the qualities of Herbs , in elegiac verse ; the third and fourth the beauties
of Flowers in various measures ; and in the fifth and fixth , the uses of Trees in ...
... and in which there are beauties which common authors may justly think not
only above their attainment , but above their ambition . To the Miscellanies
succeed the Anacreontiques , or paraphrastical translations of some little poems ,
... the familiar and the festive . The next class of his poems is called The Mistress ,
of which it is not necessary to select any particular pieces for praise or censure .
They have all the same beauties and faults , and nearly in the same proportion .
The fame thought is more generally , and therefore more poetically , expressed
by Casimir , a writer who has many of the beauties and faults of Cowley :
Omnibus mundi Dominator horis Aptat urgendas per inane pennas , Pars adhuc
nido latet ...
... Wash ' d from the morning beauties deepest red , An harmless flate ' ring
meteor shone for hair , And fell adown his shoulders with loose care : He cuts out
a filk mantle from the skies , Where the most spritely azure pleas ' d the eyes ;
This he ...
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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