Editor's Preface. Life of Samuel Johnson. Abraham Cowley. Sir John Denham. John Milton. Samuel Butler. Earl of Rochester. Earl of Roscommon. Thomas Otway. Edmund Waller. John Dryden. John Pomfret. Earl of Dorset. George Stepney. John
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... but he believed, for I hold him to have been very honest; but he might easily make a false estimate Qf his own importance: those whom their virtue restrains from deceiving others, are often disposed by their vanity to deceive themselves. Whether he promoted the Succession or not, he at least approved it, and adhered invariably to his principles and party through his whole life. His ardour of poetry still continued; and not long after (1700) he published a Paraphrase on the Book of Job, and other parts of the Scripture. This performance Dryden, who pursued him with great malignity, lived long enough to ridicule in a Prologue. The wits easily confederated against him, as Dryden, whose favour they almost all courted, was his professed adversary, He had besides given them reason for resentment, as, in his preface to Prince Arthur, he had said of the dramatick writers almost all that was alleged afterwards by Collier; but Blackmore's censure w3 cold and general, C_ollier's was personal and ardent; Black more taught his reader to dislike what Collier incited him to abhor. In his preface to King Arthur he endeavoured to gain at least one friend, and propftiated Congreve by higher praise of his Mourning Bride than it has obtained from any other critick. ' The same year he published a Satire on Wit; a proclamation of defiance which united the poets awst all against him, and which brought upon him lampoons and ridicule from every side. This he doubtless foresaw, and evidently despised; nor should his dignity of mind be without its praise, had ' ot paid the homage to greatness which he deni ' to genius, and degraded himself. by conferring.' that authority over the national taste, which he takes from the poets, upon men of...
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