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ADVERTISEMENT.

The object of these volumes is to present, within convenient limits, a chronological series of the Classical Poets of Great Britain, from Ben Jonson to CroLy, (a period of two centuries and a half,) accompanied with Biographical and Critical Notices of their Authors. The first volume includes the Poets from JONSON to BEATTIE; the second, those from FALCONER to Scott; and the third begins with SOUTHEY and ends with CROLY. The compilation was commenced by Dr. AIKIN, whose judgment and taste have influenced the selections.

The plan which was observed throughout, has been to give entire Poems instead of extracts or mutilations; and intrinsic merit so far as it has been understood by the compilers and approved by the public, was made the ground of selection.

The contents of the volumes are so comprehensive, that few poems, it is believed, are omitted, except such as are of secondary merit, or not within the scope of the work.

CONTENTS.

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Paradise Lost. In Twelve Books.

BEN JONSON.

Book 1.

29

II.

35

To William Camden.....

2

III.

43

From Cynthia's Rerels.

ib. IV.

49

From the Silent Woman.

ib.

V.

57

Hags.....

ib.

VI.

64

Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke, Sister

VII.

70

to Sir Philip Sidney....
ib. VIII.

75

On Lucy Countess Bedford.

3

IX.

80

Song to Celia....

ib.

X.

89

To the same.

ib. XI.

97

From the Shepherd's Holiday.

ib. XII.

10

Love, a little Boy. From the Masque on Paradise Regained. In Four Books.

Lord Haddington's Marriage...

ib. Book I.

109

Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H..

II.

113

III.

117

IV.

COWLEY.

120

Samson Agonistes; a Dramatic Poem 126
Christmas Hymn

140

The Motto. Tentanda via est, 8c.

6

Honor...

Of Myself

WALLER.

The Chronicle. A Ballad....

ib.

Anacrcontics; or some Copies of Verses, trans- To Amoret.

143

lated paraphrastically out of Anacreon. To the Same

ib.

I. Love..

7 Of Love....

ib

II. Drinking

ib. Of the Marriage of the Dwarfs ...

144

III. Beauty

ib. A Panegyric to my Lord Protector, of the

V. Age

8 Present Greatness, and Joint Interest, of

VII. Gold

ib.

his Highness and this Nation.

ib.

VIII. The Epicure.

ib. Of English Verse ...

146

IX. Another

ib. The Story of Phæbus and Daphne applied .. ib.

X. The Grasshopper

ib. Song

ib.

XI. The Swallow.....

ib. To Phyllis

ib.

Elegy upon Anacreon; who was choked by On a Girdle

147

a Grape-stone. Spoken by the God of

To Zelinda ..

ib.

Love ...

9 To a Lady.

ib.

Ode, from Catullus. Acme and Septimius 10

The Complaint....

ib.

DRYDEN.

Hymn to Light..

11

Against Hope..

12

For Hope.

13

Annus Mirabilis : the Year of Wonders, 1666 149

Claudian's Old Man of Verona.

ib.

Alexander's Feast: or, the Power of Music.

The Wish.....

An Ode in honor of St. Cecilia's Day.... 160

ib.

From the Davideis..

141

Palamon and Arcite : or, the Knight's Tale.

In Three Books.

Book I.

162

MILTON.

II.

166

III.

171

L'Allegro

17 The Wife of Bath, her Tale.

179

Il Penseroso.

18 The Character of a Good Parson.

183

Lycidas...

19 Theodore and Honoria ...

184

Comus..

21 | Religio Laici. An Epistle

187

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Page

To Sir Godfrey Kneller, principal Painter to

His Majesty...

191

GAY.

The Cock and the Fox; or, the Tale of the

Nun's Priest...

192

The Flower and the Leaf: or, the Lady in

Rural Sports. A Georgic. In Two Cantoes.

198

Canto I.

284

the Arbor.....

II.

286

Cymon and Iphigenia..

203

Trivia: or the Art of walking the Streets of

London. In Three Books.

J. PHILIPS

Book I. Of the Implements for Walking

the Streets, and Signs of the

208

287

The Splendid Shilling...

Cider: a Poem, in two Books.

II. Of Walking the Streets by Day 289

Book I.

209

III. Of Walking the Streets by Night 294

II.

215 Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan 297

A Ballad, from the What-d'ye-call-it... ib.

Fable. The Goat without a Beard.

298

PARNELL.

Fable. The Universal Apparition .

Fable. The Jugglers.....

299

A Fairy Tale, in the ancient English Style. 221 Fable. The Hare and many Friends..... ib.

A Night-Piece on Death..

223 The Shepherd's Week. In Six Pastorals... 300

The Hermit..

224 Monday ; or, the Squabble..

301

Hesiod : or, the Rise of Woman.

226 Tuesday; or, the Ditty.

302

An Allegory on Man..

227 Wednesday; or, the Dumps.

303

The Book-Worm....

228 Thursday; or, the Spell .

305

Friday; or, the Dirge.

306

Saturday; or the Flights

308

ROWE.

Fable. The Farmer's Wife and the Raven . 309

Fable. The Turkey and the Ant. .

ib.
Colin's Complaint. A Song.

230

The Contented Shepherd. To Mrs. A-

D-, afterwards his Wife..

231

GREEN.

A Song. Ah! Willow. To the same in her

Sickness

ib. The Spleen. An Epistle to Mr. Cuthbert

Jackson

316

ADDISON.

On Barclay's Apology for the Quakers 317

The Seeker...

it

A Letter from Italy to the Right Hon. Charles

The Grotto. Written by Mr. Green, under

Lord Halifax, in the year 1701.

232

the name of Peter Drake, a fisherman of

Brentford

313

The Campaign. A Poem..

234

320

To Sir Godfrey Kneller, on his Picture of the

The Sparrow and Diamond. A Song.

King ..

237

Paraphrase on Psalm XXIII.

238

TICKELL,

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