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volume, can aim only at giving the facts of Pope's life. The limits of a publication, whose purpose is to bring the costly and the voluminous down to an expense and shape within the reach of all, forbid the long discussions that once formed the delight of criticism : but our day demands more rapid, condensed, and substantial knowlege, is dissatisfied with the most graceful delay, and springs on to vigorous conclusion. Yet it will be found, that even within those limits, the intire material of the past biographies has been preserved; all that was valuable in the critical opinions has been given ; much elucidation added ; and as the result, the reader is presented with a Memoir, containing, of the habits, progress, and faculties of Pope, all that can be known, or is important to be known.
FRONTISPIECE, from the ‘Rape of the Lock,' Canto it. v. 147.