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THE

L I VES

OF THE

Ρ Ο Ε Τ S

OF

GREAT BRITAIN and IRELAND,

To the TIME of

DEAN SW I FT.
Compiled from ample Materials scattered in a Va-

riety of Books, and especially from the MS.
Notes of the late ingenious Mr. Coxeter and
others, collected for this Design,

By Mr. CIB B E R.
In FOUR VOLUME S.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
Printed for R. Griffiths, at the Dunciad in

St. Paul's Church-Yard,

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113 18 Marsten Gower 20 Shakespear

123 Lydgate 23 Sylvester

143 Harding

145 Skelton

27 Harrington Barclay

152 More

32 Beaumont and FletchSurry Earl Wyat Sackville

167 Churchyard

170 Heywood

66 Greville L. Brooke 173 Ferrars 69 Day

178 Sidney 76 Raleigh

180 Marloe

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87 Drayton Spenser 91 Corbet

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T has been observed that men of eminence in all ages, and distinguished for the same excellence, have

generally had something in their lives fiEmilar to each other. The place of Homer's nativity, has not been mare variously conjectur'd, or his parents more differently afligned, than our author's. Leland, that learned antiquarian, who lived nearest to Chaucer's time, of all those who have wrote his lise, was commissioned by king Henry VIII, to search all the libraries, and religious houses in England, wherein those Archives were preserved, before their destruction was produced by the Re. formation, or Polydore Virgil had consumei fuch rurious pieces as would have contradicted his

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