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I have followed Langbaine , as the best authori . ty for his plays ; and if I shall
hereafter obtain a more correct chronology , will publish it ; but I do not yet know
that my account is erroneous . I had been told , that in the College of Physicians ...
For the rejection of this play , it is difficult now to find the reason : it certainly has ,
in a very great degree , the power of fixing attention and exciting merriment .
From the charge of disaffection he exculpates himself in his preface , by
Cowley ' s Mistress has no power of seducti . on : “ The plays round the head , but
comes not at the heart . " Her beauty and absence , her kindness and cruelty , her
disdain and inconstancy , produce no correspondence of emotion .
is said of the original new moon , ber tender forebead and her borns , is
superadded by his paraphrast , who has many other plays of words and fancy
unsuitable to the original , as , The table free for every guest , No doubt will thee
admit , And ...
Some applications may be thought too remote and unconsequential ; as in the
verses on the Lady dancing ; The sun in figures such as these , Joys with the
moon to play : To the sweet strains they advance , Which do result from their own
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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