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Born February 10, 1775, in London and educated at Christ's Hospital, Charles Lamb was a minor poet (and friend of S. T. Coleridge), but also the earliest editor of Elizabethan drama, and the greatest essay-writer of his age. He first took a job at South Sea House and from 1792 to his retirement in 1825 at East India House.

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The standard edition of Jonson's Works is the monumental one by Herford and Simpson (11 vols.; London: Oxford University Press, 1925-53). Most of Jonson's poems appeared first in the Folio of 1616, the later poems in the Second Folio of 1640.

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The standard edition of Johnson’s verse is the sixth volume of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson: Poems, ed. E. L. McAdam, Jr., and George Milne (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1964).

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Herbert's poems were first published shortly after his death, in The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations by Mr. George Herbert, 1633. Some of them had already circulated in MS. His poems are so full of biblical echoes or quotations, and his images so often liturgical, that only full annotation (rather than mere reference) can properly bring out his indebtedness.

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