The Ridpath Library Of Universal Literature (volume 8); A Biographical And Bibliographical Summary…

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byJohn Clark Ridpath

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... DRYDEN, John, a celebrated English poet, born at Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, August 9, 1631; died May 1, 1700. He was of a good Northamptonshire family, possessing a moderate estate. His early training was received at Westminster School under the famous teacher Dr. Busby. Thence at the age of nineteen he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his degree of B.A. in 1654 and of M.A. in 1657. His university life thus corresponded very nearly to the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell. When he left Cambridge, at the age of twenty-seven, he seems to have written nothing except a few quite common-place verses. Cromwell died in September, 1658, and within a few days Dryden produced a poem of thirty-seven stanzas in honor of him: ON THE DEATH OF OLIVER CROMWELL. VI. His grandeur he derived from Heaven alone, For he was great ere fortune made him so: And wars, like mists that rise against the sun, Made him but greater seem, not greater grow. VII. No borrowed bays his temples did adorn, But to our crown he did fresh jewels bring: Nor was his virtue poisoned soon as born, With the too early thoughts of being king. X. And yet dominion was not his design; We owe that blessing, not to him, but Heaven, Which to fair acts unsought rewards did join; Rewards that less to him than us were given. xv. His palms, though under weights they did not stand. Still thrived; no Winter could his laurels fade; Heaven, in his portrait, showed a workman's hand, And drew it perfect, yet without a shade. XXXIII. Nor died he when his ebbing fame went less, But when fresh laurels courted him to live: He seemed but to prevent some new success, As if above what triumphs earth could give. XXXVI. No civil broils have since his death arose, But faction now by habit does obey; And wars have ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... DRYDEN, John, a celebrated English poet, born at Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire, August 9, 1631; died May 1, 1700. He was of a good...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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