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would be no less tedious than useless. It will be fufficient to remark, that through want of care or judgment in their respective editors, they are all forgotten or neglected. From these the miscellany known by the name of Mr. Pope perhaps ought to be excepted; tho' that, indeed, cannot properly be styled a collection of poems by different hands, which is such a one as we are speaking of at present, the greater part consisting of pieces by Mr. Pope only. The beit miscellany at this day extant in our language, and the first complete one of the kind which we have feen, is that lately published by R. Dodsley, which boasts the greatest names of the present age among its contributors.
As to the poetical collection here exhibited to the public, we apprehend it challenges no small degree of regard, as it was made under the immediate inspection and conduct of several very ingenious gentlemen, whose names it would do us the highest honour to mention ; and as it contains a variety not to be found even in the admirable collection last spoken of; I mean the Intermixture of poems both Scotch and English. Nor is this variety less agreeable than useful; as from it we have an opportunity of forming a comparison and estimate of the taste and genius of the two different nations, in their poetical compositions.
It will be necessary to take notice, that our chief care has been to furnish out the following miscellany with those pieces, regard being first had to real merit, which have laid unknown and unobserved from their MANNER of publication ; several of them having been printed by themselves, and so perithed as it were for want of bulk, and others loft amid the rubbish of collections injudiciously made, and perhaps not easily to be met with. Nor will it be improper to mention, that in order to render our volume still more compleat, we have had the favour of some original poems, written by a late member of the university of Aberdeen, whose modesty would not permit us to prefix his name : one of which in this edition is printed with many improvements, from a corrected copy. And from these ingenious essays, the public may be enabled to form some judgment beforehand of a poem of a nobler and more important nature, which he is now preparing. Nor must we forget to return our public thanks to this gentleman, for the service he has been to us, not only in making this collection more excellent by his own contributions, but in selecting such pieces of others as were suitable to our design.
It is hoped that the ancient Scottish poems (amongst which 'THE THISTLE AND THE Rose, and HARDYKNUTE are more particularly distinguished) will make nò disagreeable figure amongst those of modern date ; and that they will produce the same effect here, as Mr. Pope obferves a moderate use of old words may have in a poem ; which, adds he, is like working old abbey-stones into a modern building, and which I have sometimes seen practised with good success.
Upon the whole, as we have been favoured with the best assistance in compiling this volume, no further apology is necessary; and as the approbation of the public has been already secured to these poems separately, we hope they have no less reason to claim it, when thus published together.
Page HE Thistle and the Rose, by W. Dunbar 1 Verses on the Death of Queen Caroline.
By Mr. Shipley The Genealogy of Christ, by Mr. Lowth 13 A Fragment, by Mr. Mallet The Eagle and Robin Red-Breast, a Fable, by
Archibald Scott, written before the Year 1600.28 Ode to Fancy, by Mr. Joseph Warton 31 Ode to Evening, by the same
37 Ode to Evening, by Mr. Collins
39 Isis, an Elegy, by Mr. Mason of Cambridge 42 The Triumph of Ifis, by Mr. Thomas Warton of Oxford
47 Love-Elegy, by Mr. Hammond
47 The Tears of Scotland, 1746.
62 An Elegy written in a country church-yard, by Mr. Grey
65 On the Death of Prince Frederic. Written at
Paris, by David Lord Viscount Stormont 70 On the same, by Mr. James Clitherow of Oxford 75 Ode on the Approach of Summer, by a Gentle
man formerly of the University of Aberdeen 81 A Pastoral in the manner of Spenser, from Theocritus, Idyll. 20. By the fame
94 Inscribed on a beautiful Grotto near the Water 96 Love Elegy, by Mr. Smollet
A Panegyric on Oxford Ale, by a Gentleman of Trinity College
99 The Progress of Discontent, by the Same. 105 Ode to Arthur Onslow, Esq;
109 Job, Chapter XXXIX. By a Gentleman of Oxford
113 Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson, by Mr. Collins
116 The Child-Birth, in the manner of Gay 119 On a Lady's presenting a Sprig of Myrtle to a Gentleman, by Mr. Hammond
125 To a Young Lady with Fontenelle's Plurality
Dream. Written in the Reign of King
129 Hardyknute, a Fragment
132 Ode. By Dr. Akenfide, on Lyric Poetry 147