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Poems, by J.D. With elegies on the authors death

by John Donne

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At Lamb’s we used to have lively skirmishes at their Thursday evening parties…On one occasion he [Lamb] was for making out a list of persons famous in history that one would wish to see again, at the head of whom were Pontius Pilate, Sir Thomas Browne, and Dr. Faustus; but we black-balled most of his list! But with what a gusto would he describe his favorite authors, Donne or Sir Philip Sidney, and call their most crabbed passages –delicious-! He tried them on his palate, as epicures taste olives, and his observations had a smack in them, like a roughness on the tongue. … He has furnished many a text for Coleridge to preach upon. There was no fuss or cant about him; nor were his sweets or sours ever diluted with one particle of affectation. --Hazlitt’s “PlainSpeaker, ” quoted in Charles Lamb, A Memoir
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