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THE

POETS - LAUREATE OF ENGLAND. 1

1

THE

POETS LAUREATE

OF

ENGLAND.

BEING

A HISTORY OF THE OFFICE OF POET LAUREATE,

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF ITS HOLDERS, AND A
COLLECTION OF THE SATIRES, EPIGRAMS, AND LAMPOONS

DIRECTED AGAINST THEM.

BY

WALTER HAMILTON,

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL AND ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES,
AUTHOR OF "A HISTORY OF NATIONAL ANTHEMS AND TRIOTIC

SONGS," A MEMOIR OF GEORGE CRUIKSHANK," ETC.

" Who would not be

The Laureate bold,
With his butt of sherry

To keep him merry,
And nothing to do but to pocket his gold ?"

BON GAULTIKR.

LONDON :
ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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