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IN TWO VOLUMES.
FROM MR. FENTON'S QUARTO EDITION, l-lZQ.
When W ALLER, kindling u ith celeitial rage,
To waken all the tender pow'rs nf love
The tlurid and sublime, the grave auil gay,
From WALLER', beams imbibe a purer ray.
Maker and model of melodious verse!
Accept those votlv e honours at thy hearse. FENTOV.
Tho' poets may of iuspiration boast,
Well-sounding verses are the charm we use,
POEM TO LORD ROSCOMMON.
AT THE StpOUO JJprefUf, BY THE MARTIN0.
Ir has been frequently observed, that the life of a poet assords but few materials for a narrative, and that the time of his birth and death, with the inter* vening dates of his publications, are the chief anecdotes of him which we can tranfmit to posterity. This opinion has been the lefs controverted, becaufe long received: but however infignificant the life of a poet may be thought in itfelf, cr however dissicult it may be to trace his progrefs through it, the life of Waller, it is hoped, will assord many interesting particulars to the generality of readers,
Edmund Waller was born on the 3d of March 1605, at Coleshill.inthe county of Hertford. Hewasthefon of Robert Waller, Efq. of Agmondesham in Buckinghamfhire, by Anne, the fister of John Hampden,Efq. the celebrated republican, who distinguifhed himself fo much in the beginning of theCivil wars, and who was killed at the battle of Chalgrove.
Robert, our Poet's father, was bred to the profeffion of the law; but exchanging that study for a, country retirement, by economy, and application to agriculture, he improved his paternal fortune) and dying whilst our Author was in a state of infancy, left him heir to 3500/. a-ycar.
The care of young Waller's education nowdevol