Transcribed by David Price, email firstname.lastname@example.org, from the
1891 Cassell and Co. edition.
LIVES OF THE ENGLISH POETS: WALLER, MILTON, COWLEY
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