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Transcribed by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk, from the
1891 Cassell and Co.  edition. 

LIVES OF THE ENGLISH POETS: WALLER, MILTON, COWLEY 

Contents:
Introduction
Waller
Milton
Cowley 

INTRODUCTION. 

Samuel Johnson, born at Lichfield in the year 1709, on the 7th of
September Old Style, 18th New Style, was sixty-eight years old when
he agreed with the booksellers to write his "Lives of the English
Poets." "I am engaged," he said, "to write little Lives, and little
Prefaces, to a little edition of the English Poets." His conscience

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