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ENGLISH BIOGRAPHY.

THE LIVES

OF

DR. JOHN DONNE, SIR HENRY WOTTON, RICHARD HOOKER,

GEORGE HERBERT, AND DR. ROBERT SANDERSON.

BY

IZAAK WALTON:

WITH

WITH
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR AND HIS WRITINGS,

BY TIIOMAS ZOUCII, D.D., F. L. S.,

PREBENDARY OF DURHAM.

• These were bopourable men in their generations.—Ecclus. xliv. 7.

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NEW YORK:
A, S. BARNES & CO., 51 JOHN-STREET.
CINCINNATI:-II, W. DERBY.

1854.

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There are no colours in the fairest sky,
So fair as these : the feather whence the pen
Was shaped, that traced the lives of these gooil men
Dropt from an angel's wing: with moistened eye,
We read of faith, and purest charity,
In Statesmen, Priest, and humble Citizen.
Oh! could we copy their mild virtues, then
What joy to live, what blessedness to die !
Methinks their very names shine still and bright,
Apart—like glow-worms on a summer night;
Or lonely tapers when from far they fling
A guiding ray; or seen-like stars on high,
Satellites burning in a lucid ring,
Around meek Walton's heavenly memory!

WORDSWORTH

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In offering this edition of Walton's Lives to the public it need only be observed, that it is founded upon the one which Mr. Major, with his usual taste in embellishing the Text of Walton, put forth some years back.

The Notes which were then collected at the end of the work, are now brought to the foot of the page, with some few alterations and additions. It is hoped that this volume, while it may assume the character of a Library Book, is thus rendered, in itself; a complete pocket companion to the admirer of the exquisite simplicity of the pure old English Author and the incomparable men he commemorates.

The collation of the text is thus referred to in the former edition ;

“Life of Dr. Donne, originally prefixed to the first volume " of his Sermons, 1640, Fol. Second Edition, alone, 1658, “12mo. Life of Sir Henry Wotton, attached to the Reliquiæ “Wattonianæ, 1651, 12mo., other editions, 1654, 1672, 1685. “Life of Richard Hooker, First Edition, 1665, small oc“tavo; Second ditto, attached to the Ecclesiastical Polity, *1666, Folio. Life of George Herbert, First Edition with “his Letters, 1670, 12mo.; the Memoir was afterwards at

tached to his Temple, Poems, &c. in the edition of 1679.

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