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IN TWO VOLUMES.
FROM MR. FENTON'S QUARTO EDITION, 1729.
WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
When WALLER, kindling with celeitial rage,
Tho' poets may of inspiration boaft,
Well-founding verses are the charm we use,
POEM TO LORD ROSCOMMON.
Teades Family 4-29-32
THE LIFE OF
Ir has been frequently observed, that the life of a poet affords but few materials for a narrative, and that the time of his birth and death, with the inter. vening dates of his publications, are the chief anecdotes of him which we can transmit to posterity. This opinion has been the less controverted, because long received: but however infignificant the life of a poet may be thought in itself, or however difficult it may be to trace his progress through it, the life of Waller, it is hoped, will afford many interesting particulars to the generality of readers.
Edmund Waller was born on the 3d of March 1605, at Colefhill, in the county of Hertford. Hewasthe son of Robert Waller, Esq. of Agmondefnam in Buckinghamshire, by Anne, the filter of John Hampden,Efq. the celebrated republican, who distinguished himself fo much in the beginning of the Civil wars, and who was killed at the battle of Chalgrove.
Robert, our Poet's father, was bred to the profession of the law; but exchanging that Audy for a couotry retirement, by economy, and application to agriculture, he improved his paternal fortune; and dying whilft our Author was in a ftate of infancy, left him heir to 3500l. a-year. The care of young Waller's education now devol