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Moral and Preceptive.

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IMMORTALITY: or, the Consolation of Human

Life. A Monody .... .............. Denton. 189

The Cotter's Saturday Night ................Burns, 200

The Village Sunday ..........

..................E. W. 206

A Reflection on Sunday Morning ..........., Elton. 217

Reflections on a Sunday Morning's Walk...Anon. 218

The only Wish ........... ...................Boyse. 223

The Four Ages of Human Life ..... Hawkesworth. 224

Resignation ............. ..................Chatterton. 226

Ode on the Shortness of Life......... .....Cowley. 227

The Seven Fountains .................Sir W. Jones. 228

A Picture.......... ............. Anonymous. 245

Inscription under an Hourglass....... Anonymous. 246

True Riches..................................... Watts, 246

To Blossoms..................................Herrick. 248

The Old Man's Song ..................Montgomery. 249

To Daffodils .........

............ Herrick. 250

Private Life. A moral Rhapsody......H. Moore. 251

A Hermit's Meditation.................Anonymous. 259

Virtue's Triumph........................... Peacham. 261

The Palace of Fortune .............. Sir W. Jones, 262

Hymn to Science ..........................Akenside. 278

The concluding Sentence of Berkeley's Siris, imi-

tated............ ................ Sir W. Jones, 281

Rome. Imitated from Janus Vitalis... Anonymous. 282

On the Death of a poor Idiot ......... Anonymous. 282

The Moralist. An Ode.......................Shaw. 285

Written after a Perasal of the Eighth Sermon of

Barrow........... ............ Sir W. Jones. 289

Self Knowledge ......................... Whitehouse, 289

Lines on visiting a Scene in Argyleshire. Campbell. 291

Inscribed beneath the Picture of an Ass....Crowe. 293

The Dirge ...................................H. King. 294

An Epode from the Tragedy of Sohrab.Sir W.Jones. 295

On the Grave ................................Habington. 296

Times go by Turps ......................... Southwell. 297

Stanzas .........................................T. Moore. 298

The Leading String ..........................Bishop. 299

The Leaf .............. ................Bishop Horne. 300

Verses to a Friend .....................Dr. Ogilvie. 302

A Reflection at Sea.........................T. Moore. 303

The Wish ........................................Merrick. 304

To a Boy with a Watch....................T. Moore. 305

A Catholic Hymn ........................Anonymous. 305

Stadies by the Sea ..................Charlotte Smith. 307

The Swallow........................Charlotte Smith, 311

Religion. A Simile ........................Dodsley. 313

Submission......

............. Cowper. 316

On the future Existence of Brutes... Anna Seward. 317

Knowledge ..............

............. Anna Seward. 322

To-morrow......... ...............Mrs. Barbauld. 324

For the Blind Asylum, Liverpool .........Smythe. 324

Advice to a young Lady .............Anna Seward. 325

A Comparison ................................Cowper. 327

The Preacher ..................................Bishop. 327

Modesty............... ........................A. Hill, 330

To the Hon. and Rev. F. Cornwallis...Dr. Davies. 330

Of active and retired Life. An Epistle. Melmoth. 334

An Essay on Conversation............. Stillingfleet. 342

Retirement. An Epistle to Dr. Hurd....Potter. 361

An Epistle to a Lady .............Earl Nugent. 370

On the Life of Man. ............F. Beaumont. 376

ADVERTISEMENT.

While there are already in existence so many Selections, with the name, or on the plan, of. ELEGANT EXTRACTS,' it may, perhaps, at first sight, be thought to require explanation, why another work of the same kind is added to the number. Such an explanation, and one which will be perfectly satisfactory, it is, however, not difficult to give. “ Shall we," says Sterne, who, with a ludicrous inconsistency, borrows from Burton the very words of his complaint, “ shall we for ever make new books, as apothecaries make new mixtures, by pouring out of one vessel into another? Are we to be for ever twisting and untwisting the same rope ? for ever in the same track? for ever in the same pace ?" To that humble class of books which consists of selections this censure, though aimed at a different object, applies with peculiar force. Without meaning to deny that many of that class have considerable merit, it may safely be affirmed, that, in general, each of them bears too close a resemblance to its predecessors. The mixture is not merely, as it necessarily must be, poured out of one vessel into another; it is almost the identical mixture which has often been poured out before. Accordingly, in a majority of the volumes which are formed of quotations from eminent authors, it will be found that there is a large portion which the purchaser considers as useless, because it was previously in his possession. On this score, the work which is now offered to the Public has nothing to fear from criticism. Whatever deficiency of taste or judgment the Editor may have manifested, the selection which he has made has, at least, the recommendation of novelty. It contains not a single poem that has been printed in Sharpe's • Elegant Extracts, and very few pieces that have appeared in any publication of a similar nature. The sixth and last volume is on a plan entirely new; it comprises a series of translations from the whole of the dead and the living languages. This has never yet been done, or even attempted, and the Editor flatters himself that, by thus taking a wider scope than has been taken by those who have gone before him, he has, in some degree, contributed to the pleasure of the Reader.

vol. 1.

R. A. D.

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