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F Mr. JOHN POMFRET nothing is
known but from a slight and confused account prefixed to his poems by a nameless friend; who relates, that he was the son of the Rev. Mr. Pomfret, rector of Luton in Bedfordshire; that he was bred at Cambridge * ; entered into orders, and was rector of Malden in Bedfordshire, and might have rifen in the Church; but that when he
applied to Dr. Compton, bishop of London, for institution to a living of considerable value, to which he had been presented, he found a troublesome obstruction raised by a malicious interpretation of some passage in his Choice ; froin which it was inferred, that he considered happiness as more likely to be found in the company of a mistress than of a wife.
* He was of Queen's College there, and, by the University register, appears to have taken his Bachelor's degree in 1684, and his Master's in 1698. H.
This reproach was easily obliterated : for it had happened to Pomfret as to all other men who plan schemes of life; he had departed from his purpose, and was then married.
The malice of his enemies had however very fatal consequence : the delay constrained his attendance in London, where he caught the small-pox, and died in
in the thirty-sixth year of his age.
He published his poems in 1699; and has been always the favourite of that class of readers, who, without vanity or criticism, seek only their own amusement.
His Choice exhibits a system of life adapted to common notions, and equal to common expectations ; such a state as affords plenty
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and tranquillity, without exclusion of intellectual pleasures. Perhaps no coin position in our language has been oftener perused than Pomfret's Choice.
In his other poems there is an easy volubility; the pleasure of smooth metre is afforded to the ear, and the mind is not oppressed with ponderous or entangled with intricate fenti
He pleases many, and he who pleases many must have some species of merit.
F the Earl of Dorset the character hasat
been drawn so largely and so elegantly by Prior, to whom he was familiarly known, that nothing can be added by a casual hand; and, as its author is so generally read, it would be useless officiousness to transcribe it.
CHARLES SACKVILLE was born January 24, 1637. Having been educated under a private tutor, he travelled into Italy, and returned a little before the Restoration. He was chosen into the first parliament that was ca'led, for East Grinstead in Sussex, and soon became a favourite of Charles the Second; but undertook no publick employment, being too eager of the riotous and licentious pleafures which young men of high rank, who