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... that scarcely any thing is distinctly known , but all is shown confused and
enlarged through the mist of panegyric . ABRAHAM COWLEY was born in the
year one thousand fix hundred and eighteen . His father was a grocer , whose
It is surely very difficult to tell any thing as it was heard , when Sprat could not
refrain from amplifying a commodious incident , though the book to which he
prefixed his narrative contained its confutation . A memory admitting some things
, and ...
At Paris , as secretary to lord Jermin , he was engaged in transacting things of
real importance with real men and real ... The Scotch treaty , " says he , “ is the "
only thing now in which we are vitally con“ cerned ; I am one of the last hopers ,
... of course into other hands ; " and Cowley being no longer useful at Paris , was
in 1636 sent back into England , that “ un“ der pretence of privacy and retirement ,
he “ might take occasion of giving notice of the “ posture of things in this nation .
He that misses his end will never be as much pleased as he that attains it , even
when he can impute no part of his failure to himself ; and when the end is to
please the multitude , no man perhaps has a right , in things admitting of
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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