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CO N T E N T S

OF THE

FIRST VOLUME.

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Life of Cowley, by Dr. Johnson
Remarks, by J. Aikin, M.D.
Elegia dedicatoria, ad illustrissimam Academiam Cantabria

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Author's Preface to the Edition of 1656

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MISCELLANIES.

The Motto

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

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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 .

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Ode

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LIFE

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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

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