chapter  23
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WILLIAM WINSTANLEY, from his Life of Rochester 1686

The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1686). William Winstanley (c. 1628-c. 1690), was a Grub Street writer who dealt in a variety of literary kinds

from biography to doggerel verse.

This Earl for Poetical Wit, was accounted the chief of his time; his Numbers flowing with so smooth and accute a Strain, that had they been all confined within the bounds of Modesty, we might well affirm they were unparallel’d; yet was not his Muse altogether so loose but that with his Mirth he mixed Seriousness, and had a knack at once to tickle the Fancy, and inform the Judgment.1