Excerpt from The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, Vol. 1 of 3: With Critical Observations on Their Works The Booksellers having determined to publish a body Of English Poetry, I was persuaded to promise them a preface to the works of each author; an undertaking, as it was then presented to my mind, t very ex' tensive or difficult. My purpose was only to have allotted to every poet an advertisement, like those which we find in the French Miscellanies, contain ing a few dates and a general character; but I have been led beyond my intention, I hope by the honest desire of giving useful pleasure. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.