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ambition after the ornaments and machinery of poetry. His craving after foreign help perhaps shows the want of the internal impulse. His Elegy in a Country Churchyard, which is the most simple, is the best of his productions.

CHURCHILL is a fine rough satirist. He had sense, wit, eloquence, and honesty.

GOLDSMITH, both in verse and prose, was one of the most delightful writers in the language. His verse flows like a limpid stream. His ease is quite unconscious. Every thing in him is spontaneous, unstudied, unaffected, yet elegant, harmonious, graceful, nearly faultless. Without the point or refinement of Pope, he has more natural tenderness, a greater suavity of manner, a more genial spirit. Goldsmith never rises into sublimity, and seldom sinks into insipidity, or stumbles upon coarseness. His Traveller contains masterly national sketches. The Deserted Village is sometimes spun out into a mawkish sentimentality; but the characters of the Village Schoolmaster, and the Village Clergyman, redeem a hundred faults. His Retaliation is a poem of exquisite spirit, humour, and freedom of style.

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ARMSTRONG’S Art of Preserving Health displays a fine natural vein of sense and poetry on a most unpromising subject.

CHATTERTON'S Remains show great premature power, but are chiefly interesting from his fate. He discovered great boldness of spirit and versatility of talent; yet probably, if he had lived, would not have increased his reputation for genius.

THOMAS WARTON was a man of taste and genius. His SONNETS I cannot help preferring to any in the language.

COWPER is the last of the English poets in the first division of this collection, but though last, not least. He is, after Thomson, the best of our descriptive poetsmore minute and graphical, but with less warmth of feeling and natural enthusiasm than the author of The Seasons. He has also fine manly sense, a pensive and interesting turn of thought, tenderness occasionally running into the most touching pathos, and a patriotic or religious zeal mounting almost into sublimity. He had great simplicity with terseness of style: his versification is neither strikingly faulty nor excellent. His occasional copies of verses have great elegance; and his John Gilpin is one of the most humorous pieces in the language.

BURNS concludes the series of the ILLUSTRIOUs Dead; and one might be tempted to write an elegy rather than a criticism on him. In naïveté, in spirit, in characteristic humour, in vivid description of natural objects and of the natural feelings of the heart, he has left behind him no superior.

Some additions have been made in the Miscellaneous part of the volume, from the Lyrical effusions of the elder Dramatists, whose beauty, it is presumed, can never decay, whose sweetness can never cloy!

CONTENT S.

Page

79

80
ibid.
ibid.

Wedding

ibid. Song

82

83
ibid.

84

85
ibid.
ibid,
ibid.

86

CHAUCER.

SAMUEL DANIEL.

Page
PROLOGUE to the Canterbury Tales

To the Lady Margaret, Countess of Cumber-

The Squieres Tale (a Fragment)

7 land

The Prioresses Tale

12 Description of Stone-Henge

The Floure and the Leafe

14 Love in Infancy

Part of the Knightes Tale

19 The Story of Isulia

The Wif of Bathes Prologue

26

Similies from Chaucer

32

SIR JOHN SUCKLING.

A Session of the Poets

SPENSER.

Song

Una and the Redcross Knight

33 Ballad on a

The Chariot of Pride drawn by the Passions

Una entertained by the Wood Gods

35 To a Friend

Description of Prince Arthur

37 The Careless Lover

Description of Belphebe

ibid. A Song

True Honour

38 Detraction Execrated

Allegory of Wanton Mirth

ibid.

The Cave of Mammon

39

GEORGE WITHER.

The Bower of Bliss

41

From the Fourth Eclogue of the Shepherd's

The Faculties of the Mind

44

Hunting

The Defeat of Marinell

45

The Birth of Belphebe

47

WALLER.

The Story of Florimell

The Mask of Cupid

50 On my Lady D. Sydney's Picture

The Squire and the Dove

52 At Penshurst

Simile

53 Phæbus and Daphne

Com bat between Prince Arthur and the Soldan

Of Love

described

ibid. Marriage of the Dwarfs

Sir Calidor

55 On a Brede of Divers Colours

The Fable of the Oak and the Briar

57 On the Death of the Lord Protector

Epithalamion

59 To Amoret

To a Lady in Retirement

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.

MILTON.

Sonnets

63

L'Allegro

DRAYTON.

Il Penseroso

Rosamond to King Henry

64 Lycidas

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, to the Lady From Paradise Lost, Book I.

Geraldine

65

Book II.

The Lady Geraldine to Henry Howard Earl of Address to Light

Surrey

67 Satan's Journey to Earth

Polyolbion—The XV. Song

69 Satan's Address to the Sun

The XXVIIL Song of the same

72 Satan's Entrance into Paradise

An Ode written in the Peak

77 The Conversation of Adam and Eve

The Ballad of Agincourt

ibid. Eve's Dream

112

ibid.

115

117

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The Angel Raphael sent to warn Adam of his

ROCHESTER.

Danger

119

Love and Life

236

Raphael's Account of the Creation

120

Upon Drinking in a Bowl

ibid.

Adam's Account of Himself

122

A Song

ibid.

Reconciliation between Adam and Eve

123

A Letter from Artemisa in Town to Chloe in

Sentence pronounced on Adam and Eve

125

the Country

ibid.

Adam and Eve driven out of Paradise

127

A Satire against Mankind

239

From Paradise Regained–The Power of Beauty 128

Upon Nothing

240

Description of Greece

ibid.

An Epilogue

241

Comus, (a Mask)

129

An Epilogue

ibid.

On Shakspeare, 1630

137

Sonnets

ibid.

ROSCOMMON.

Horace's Art of Poetry

242

COWLEY.

The Praise of Poetry

140

POMFRET.

The Complaint

. ibid. The Choice

246

The Country Mouse

141

DORSET.

To the Royal Society

142

Anacreontics

144 Song written at Sea

248

Knotting

ibid.

MARVELL,

Songs

249

Bermudas

147

PHILIPS.

To his Coy Mistress

ibid.

The Nymph complaining for the Death of her

The Splendid Shilling

250

Fawn

ibid.

HALIFAX,

The Drop of Dew

148

The Garden

149

The Man of Honour

251

The Gallery

ibid.

Verses written for the Toasting Glasses of the

Upon the Hill and Grove at Bilborow

150

Kit-cat Club, 1703

252

An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from

PARNELL,

Ireland

ibid.

The Book-worm

253

BUTLER.

An Allegory on Man

ibid.

The Hermit

254

Character of Hudibras and Ralpho

152

The Battle between Bruin and his Foes

157

PRIOR.

Hudibras's Heroes

159

The Adventure of the Riding

162

An Epistle to Fleetwood Shepherd, Esq. 257

Another Epistle to the same

ibid.

Description of Sidrophel and Whackum

163

To the Hon. Charles Montague, Esq.

259

Upon Critics who judge of modern Plays pre-

The Lady's Looking-glass

ibid.

cisely by the Rules of the Ancients 165

Love Disarmed

260

Satire upon the Licentious Age of Charles II. 166

The Dove

ibid.

Satire upon the Abuse of Human Learning

168

The Garland

261

SIR JOHN DENHAM.

An English Padlock

262

Hans Carvel

ibid.

Cooper's Hill

170 Paulo Purganti and his Wife

263

The Progress of Learning

172 Her Right Name

265

Down Hall (a Ballad)

ibid.

DRYDEN.

POPE.

Absalom and Achitophel

175

Religio Laici (an Epistle)

183 The Messiah

267

The Hind and the Panther

186 Windsor Forest

268

Mac Flecknoe

206 Ode on Solitude

271

Epistle to Mr. Congreve

208 Essay on Criticism

ibid.

Epistle to John Dryden, Esq.

ibid. The Rape of the Lock

277

Epistle to Sir Godfrey Kneller

210 Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady 283

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

211 Eloisa to Abelard

284

Alexander's Feast

212 January and May; or, the Merchant's Tale 287

The Secular Masque

213 An Essay on Man

293

The Cock and the Fox

214 Moral Essays

303

Sigismonda and Guiscardo

220 Epistle to Mr. Addison

312

Theodore and Honoria

226 Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot

313

Cymon and Iphigenia

229 Satires and Epistles of Horace Imitated

316

Baucis and Philemon

234 Epilogue to the Satires

327

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Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford and Earl

DYER.

Mortimer

330 | Grongar Hill

422

Epistle to Mr. Jervas

331

SHENSTONE.

ibid.

Epistle to Miss Blount

Conclusion of the Dunciad

332 A Pastoral Ballad

424

The School Mistress

426

GAY.

Jemmy Dawson (a Ballad)

428

Rural Sports

333

MALLET.

Trivia; or, the Art of Walking the Streets of

Edwin and Emma

336

430

London

William and Margaret

346

431

Epistle to Mr. Pope

Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan 348

AKENSIDE.

Verses to be placed under the Picture of Sir

432

ibid. Pleasures of Imagination

Richard Blackmore

Fables

ibid.

YOUNG.

BLAIR.

On the Being of a God

448

Against Procrastination

ibid.

The Grave

354

GRAY.

SWIFT.

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College 449

450

360 Hymn to Adversity

Written in a Lady's Ivory Table Book

ibid.

ibid. Elegy written in a Country Church-yard

Mrs. Harris's Petition

451

361 The Progress of Poesy

To the Earl of Peterborow

452

ibid. The Bard (a Pindaric Ode)

Vanbrugh's House

Baucis and Philemon

363

CHURCHILL.

A Description of the Morning

364

454

ibid. The Rosciad

A Description of a City Shower

Horace, Book I. Epistle VII.

365 The Prophecy of Famine

462

Horace, Book II. Satire VI.

366

GOLDSMITH.

A True and Faithful Inventory of the Goods

belonging to Dr. Swift, Vicar of Laracor 367 The Double Transformation (a Tale)

467

Cadenus and Vanessa

ibid. The Hermit (a Ballad)

468

An Elegy on the Death of Demar, the Usurer 374 The Traveller; or, a Prospect of Society 469

The Country Life

ibid. The Deserted Village

472

Mary the Cook Maid's Letter to Dr. Sheridan 375 The Haunch of Venison

476

The Furniture of a Woman's Mind

376 Retaliation

477

On cutting down the Old Thorn at Market

ARMSTRONG.

Hill

ibid.

On the Death of Dr. Swift

377 The Art of Preserving Health

479

A Character, Panegyric, and Description of the

CHATTERTON.

Legion Club

381

Bristowe Tragedie; or, the Dethe of Sir Charles

THOMSON.

Bawdin

495

Mynstrelles Songe

498

- Extracts from the Seasons

384

The Castle of Indolence

394

WARTON.

Song

500

To the Rev. Mr. Murdoch

ibid.

Sonnets

ibid.

Ode

ibid.

The Progress of Discontent

502

Ode on Æolus's Harp

407

COWPER.

ibid.

Hymn on Solitude

Verses supposed to be written by Alexander

A. PHILIPS.

Selkirk

503

: Pastoral Poems

408 On the Death of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bullfinch 504

Epistle to the Earl of Dorset

415 The Rose

ibid.

The Poets New Year's Gift to Mrs. Throck

COLLINS.

morton

ibid.

Oriental Eclogues

416 Pairing-time Anticipated

505

Ode to Fear

418 The Dog and the Water Lily

ibid.

Ode on the Poetical Character

419 The Poet, the Oyster, and Sensitive Plant 506

Ode to Evening

ibid. On a Goldfinch starved to death in his Cage ibid.

The Passions

420 Translations from V. Bourne

ibid.

Dirge in Cymbeline

421 The Diverting History of John Gilpin

508

Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson

ibid. On Rural Lights and Sounds

510

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