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THE REIGN OF HENRY III.
TO THE CLOSE OF
BY EDWARD PHILLIPS,
THE NEPHEW OF MILTON.
FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1675,
AND NOW ENLARGED
BIOGRAPHERS AND CRITICS.
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Hesiod Theog. v. 96.
'PRINTED BY SIMMONS AND KIRKBY,'
POR J, WHITE, FLEET-STKEET, LONDON,
[ DWARD PHILLIPS, son of Edward
Phillips, who came from Shrewsbury, and rose to be secondary in the Crownoffice, by Anne, lister of John Milton, the poet, was born in the Strand, near Charing Cross, in August 1630, and received his earliest education under his uncle. Milton, after his return from Italy, “ hired,” says Johnson, “ a lodging at the house of one " Russell, a taylor, in St. Bride's church“ yard, and undertook the education of ** John and Edward Phillips, his sister's “ fons. Finding his rooms too little, he “ took a house and garden in Aldersgate“ street, which was not then so much out “ of the world as it is now: and chose his “ dwelling at the upper end of a passage, " that he might avoid rhe noise of the “ street. Here he received more boys to “ be boarded and instructed.” After reA 2
lating lating the plan of education pursued here, he adds, with his usual acrimony: “From “ this wonder-working academy, I do not “ know that there ever proceeded any man “ very eminent for knowledge: its only “ genuine product, I believe, is a small “ History of Poetry, written in Latin, by “ his nephew Phillips, of which, perhaps, “ none of my readers has ever heard.”
In 1648, Phillips became a student of Magdalen Hall, in Oxford, where he continued till 1651; and the title of the work above-mentioned, as given by Anthony Wood, is in the following words.
“ Tractatulus de carmine Dramatico Poetarum, præfertim in choris Tragicis, et veteris Comediæ.
Compendiofa enumeratio Poetarum (saltem quorum fama maxime enituit) qui a tempore Dantis Aligerii usque ad hanc ætatem claruerunt: nempe Italorum, Germanorum, Anglorum, &c.”
These two things were added to the seventeenth edition of Joh. Buchlerus’s book, entitled, “ Sacrarum profanarumque phrafium Poeticarum Thesaurus,” &c. Lond. 1669, 8vo.