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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... DRYDEN. 1631--1701. Of the great poet
whose life I am about to delineate, the curiosity which his
reputation must excite will require a display more ample than can
now be given. His contemporaries, however they reverenced his
genius, left his life unwritten; and nothing therefore can be known
beyond what casual mention and uncertain tradition have supplied.
John Dryden was born August 9, 1631, at Aldwincle near Oundle, the
son of Erasmus Dryden of Tichmersh; who was the third son of Sir
Erasmus Dryden, Baronet, of Canons Ashby. All these places are in
Northamptonshire; but the original stock of the family was in the
county of Huntingdon. He is reported by his last biographer,
Derrick, to have inherited from his father an estate of two hundred
a year, and to have been bred, as was said, an Anabaptist. For
either of these particulars no authority is given. Such a fortune
ought to have secured him from that poverty which seems always to
have oppressed him; or if he had wasted it, to have made him
ashamed of publishing his necessities. But though he had many
enemies, who undoubtedly examined his life with a scrutiny
sufficiently malicious, I do not remember that he is ever charged
with waste of his patrimony. He was indeed sometimes reproached for
his first religion. I am therefore inclined to believe that
Derrick's intelligence was partly true, and partly erroneous. From
Westminster School, where he was instructed as one of the king's
scholars by Dr. Busby, whom he long after continued to reverence,
he was in 1650 elected to one of the Westminster scholarships at
Cambridge. Of his school performances has appeared only a poem on
the death of Lord Hastings, composed with great ambition of such
conceits as, notwithstanding the reformation begun by Waller and
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