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Life of Cowley, by Dr. Johnson
27 Ode. Of Wit ....
28 To the Lord Falkland, for his safe Return from the Northern Expedition against the Scots
31 On the Death of Sir Henry Woolton
33 On the Death of Mr. Jordan, Second Master at Westminster School
34 On his Majesty's Return out of Scotland
36 On the Death of Sir Anthony Vandyke, the famous Painter 39 Prometheus ill-painted
41 Friendship in Absence
42 To the Bishop of Lincoln, upon his Enlargement from the Tower
44 To a Lady who made Posies for Rings
46 Prologue to the Guardian: before the Prince
43 The Epilogue On the Death of Mr. William Hervey .
Prologue to “ The Cutter of Colman-streets
CO W L E Y.
The Life of Cowley, notwithstanding the penury of English biography, has been written by Dr. Sprat, an author whose pregnancy of imagination and elegance of language have deservedly set him high in the ranks of literature; but his zeal of friendship, or ambition of eloquence, has produced a funeral oration rather than a history: he has given the character, not the life, of Cowley; for he writes with so little detail, that scarcely any thing is distinctly known, but all is shewn confused and enlarged through the mist of panegyrick.
ABRAHAM COWLEY was born in the year one thousand six hundred and eighteen. His father was a grocer, whose condition Dr. Sprat conceals under the general appellation of a citizen; and, what would probably not have been less carefully