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JOHN MILTON- continued.
memory with a poor sonnet," 48— Paradise Lost, 50-Marries a third
wife, 54—Elwood the Quaker, 54-Sells the copyright of Paradise Lost
for rol., 58—Publishes his History of England, and Paradise Regained,
60-Dies, Sunday, 8th Nov. 1674, 61-Is bi
buried in the Chancel of
St. Giles, Cripplegate, 61—"In his youth eminently beautiful,” 61–
He most esteemed Shakspeare, Spenser, and Cowley, 62–Lycidas, 65-
Allegro and Penseroso, 66-Comus, 67—The Sonnets, “of the best of
them it can only be said that they are not bad,” 68—.Paradise Lost, 68–
Paradise Regained, 75.
Born at Strensham in Worcestershire, 1612, 77—Studies at Cambridge,
78,-In 1663 publishes three Cantos of Hudibras, 79—The second part
1664, and third part 1678, 79--In 1680 dies, 80-Is buried in St. Paul's,
Covent Garden, 80m His "inexhaustible wit,” 82.
JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER, 1647--1680
Born at Ditchley in Oxfordshire, 85-Entered at Wadham College,
85--Goes to sea with Lord Sandwich, 1665,85–His “drunken gaity
and gross sensuality," 85–His acquaintance with Bishop Burnet, 86-
His death, July 26, 1680, 86_His poem of Nothing, 86.
EDMUND WALLER, 1605-1687
Born at Coleshill in Hertfordshire, 95-Educated at Eton and King's
College, Cambridge, 96—Sent to Parliament in his teens, 96–His early
poems, 97-Sacharissa, 97-Sat in the Long Parliament for Agmondes-
ham, 99- His "plot," 100—Fined 10,000l. and banished, 104-Dies Oct.
21st, 1687, and is buried at Beaconsfield, 108–His character by Claren-
don, 108—The general character of his poetry is elegance and gaiety,
116-Learnt his versification from Fairfax, 116.
JOHN PHILIPS, 1676--1708
Born at Bampton in Oxfordshire, 123---Educated at Winchester and
Christ Church, 123-In 1703 publishes The Splendid Shilling, and in
1705 Blenheim, 123—Dies February 15, 1708, in his thirty-third year,
is buried in the Cathedral of Hereford, 123–His Works, 125.
John Dryden, 1631-1700
Born August 9th, 1631, at Aldwinkle in Northamptonshire, 1314
Educated at Westminster and Trinity College, Cambridge, 132-In 1658
publishes his Poem on Cromwell's Death, 132–And on the Restoration,
132—[In 1663 Marries Lady Elizabeth Howard at St. Swithin's Church,
London]-His first play, 133-In 1667 Annus Mirabilis, 133-In 1668
succeeds Sir William Davenant as Poet Laureate, 134-In 1676 produces
Aurungzebe, 143–His Last Play (1694), Love Triumphant, 144 - His
prologues, 145-Satirized in The Rehearsal, 146—Waylaid and beaten by
Rochester's bullies, 147—In 1681 publishes Absalom and Achitophel, 147
-The Medal, 148—Declares himself a convert to Popery, 148—Trans-
lates Juvenal and Persius, 151—In 1694 commences Virgil, 152—Dies
May ist, 1700, in Gerrard Street, 153—Is Buried in Westminster Abbey,
153—His sons, 155—His person, his modesty, 155—His sluggishness
in conversation, 156—The immorality of his dramas, 157–Jeremy Collier,
157—Blackmore, 158-His agreement with Tonson for the Fables, 159–
His belief in Astrology, 160--His critical powers, 161-Absalom and
Achitophel, 173— The Medal, 173— The Hind and Panther, 176–His
Juvenal, 178–.His Virgil, 179—His Fables, 181–The Ode to St. Cecilia's
Day, 182–His power of reasoning in verse, 183–His versification, 185.
Born at Handley in Worcestershire, 199—Educated at Westminster
under Busby, 194—And at Christ Church, 194— His irregular life, 2004
Finally expelled from Oxford, 201— His nickname of Captain Rag, 2014
Johnson's tribute to Gilbert Walmsley and David Garrick, 203-4.
RICHARD DUKE, 1668—1711
Educated at Westminster and Cambridge, 204—The friend of Otway,
204-Died 10th February, 1711, 205.
WILLIAM KING, 1663-1712
Born in London, 205—Educated at Westminster and Christ Church,
205-Appointed Editor of the Gazetteer, 206—Died Christmas Day 1712,
THOMAS SPRAT, 1636–1713.
Born at Tallaton in Devonshire, 207–Educated at Wadham College,
207–Made Chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, 207–His History of
the Royal Society, 207–In 1683 Dean of Westminster, and in 1684,
Bishop of Rochester, 208-Dies May 20, 1713, 209.
CHARLES MONTAGUE, EARL OF HALIFAX, 1661–1715
Born at Horton in Northamptonshire, 209–Educated at Westminster
and Cambridge, 210— The Country Mouse and the City Mouse, 210—In
1694 is made Chancellor of the Exchequer, 210—Made Earl of Halifax,
211—"Fed with dedications," 211—Died May 19, 1715, 211.
NICHOLAS Rowe, 1673-1718 .
Born at Little Beckford in Bedfordshire, 215—Educated under Busby at
Westminster, 216–At 25 produces The Ambitious Stepmother, 216-Steals
The Fair Penitent from Massinger, 216-Enjoined by Oxford to study
Spanish, 218—Translates Lucan, 218—Made Poet Laureate, 218–Dies
6th December, 1718, 219.
JOSEPH ADDISON, 1672–1719
Born at Milston, in Wiltshire, 221-Educated at Charterhouse, and at
Magdalen, 222—In 1697 writes his Latin poem on the Peace of Ryswick,
223—Travels through France and Italy, 223-In 1702 returns and pub-
lishes his Travels, 223-Writes The Campaign, 224.--Writes Rosamond,
224—Goes to Ireland as Secretary to Lord Wharton, 224—In his absence
Steele starts The Tatler, 225-Addison joins him, 225-In 1710 The Spec-
tator begins, 225—Sir Roger de Coverley, 227—In 1713, Cato brought
upon the Stage, 227–Its unequalled success, 228-Attacked by Dennis,
228— The Guardian started, 229--The Drummer, 230-In 1716 marries
the Countess of Warwick, 231—His deathbed interview with Gay, 234-
Dies, June 17, 1719 at Holland House, 234-His immense reputation at
one period, 237–The simile of the Angel, 238–Cato, 239—His admirable
prose style, 248.
JOHN SHEFFIELD, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, 1649–1721 .
At 9 loses his Father, 251–At 17 serves against the Dutch Fleet, 251–
Raises a Regiment of Foot, 251—Is sent to Tangier, 252—Acquiesces in
the Revolution, 252-Dies, February 24, 1721, 253–His essay on Poetry, 253.
Born at Wimburne, in Dorsetshire, (Middlesex ?) 254-Educated at
Westminster and St. John's, Cambridge, 254-Joins Montague in The
Country Mouse and the City Mouse, 255—His splendid initiation into
public business, 255—King William makes him Gentleman of the Bed-
chamber, 255-Secretary at Ryswick, 255–And at the Court of France,
255–His celebrated reply at Versailles, 255–Sent to Paris, (1711) with
Propositions for peace, 257–Ambassador to France, 258—Recalled, 258–
Dies, September 18, 1721, at Wimpole, and is buried in Westminster
Abbey, 259--His character as a Poet, 261.
Born at Bardsey-grange, in the West Riding, 266-Educated at Dublin,
266–His first performance a Novel, 266—The Old Bachelor, 266–
Taken by the hand by Halifax, 267-The Double Dealer, 267~Love for
Love, 267–Jeremy Collier, 268-Dies, January 29, 1729, and is buried in
Westminster Abbey, 270-" The most poetical paragraph in the whole
mass of English poetry,” 270.
Educated at Westminster, and Edmund Hall, Oxford, 273-Asks
advice from Sydenham, 373—In 1695 publishes Prince Arthur, 273—In
1705 the Epic of Eliza "dropped dead-born from the press," 275–
Creation, 275—Praised by Addison, 275--Dies October 8, 1729, 280
His character, 280.
Born at Barnstaple, 286-Apprenticed to a silk mercer, 286—Gains the
friendship of Pope, 286~-publishes The Shepherd's Week, 286—Publishes
his Poems by subscription, 287-Unexampled success of The Beggars' Opera,
288–The friendship of the Duke and Duchess of Queensbury, 289—Dies in
their house, December 4, 1732, and is buried in Westminster Abbey, 290.