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Ode on a distant prospect of Eton College
Elegy written in a Country Churchyard
Sonnet on the death of Mr. Richard West
Impromptu on Lord Holland's Seat at Kingsgate
JAMES BEATTIE (1735-1803).
Extract from The Minstrel, Book I
THOMAS CHATTERTON (1752-1770)
Extract from The Triumph of Isis
Extract from The First of April
Sonnet written in a blank leaf of Dugdale's' Monasticon'
Description of his Muse (from The Prophecy of Famine)
Characters of Actors (from The Rosciad).
Description of Johnson (from The Ghost).
Minstrel's Marriage-Song (from Ella: a Tragical Interlude)
The Accounțe of W. Canynge's Feast
The Past and Future of Poetry (from Table Talk)
Grace and the World (from Hope)
The Poplar Field
Early Love of the Country and of Poetry
An Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq.
On the Loss of the Royal George
On the Death of Mrs. Throckmorton's Bullfinch
The Acquiescence of Pure Love"
SCOTCH MINOR SONG-WRITERS, EIGHTEENTH CENTURY Prof. W. Minte 486
Logie o' Buchan (George Halket)
Lewie Gordon (Alexander Geddes)
There's nae Luck about the House (Jean Adams)
For Lack of Gold (Adam Austin)
Extract from The Holy Fair
Epistle to a Young Friend
Green grow the Rashes. A Fragment
The Death and Dying Word, of Poor Mailic, the Author's only Pet
Extract from An Epistle to John Lapraik, an old Scottish Bard
To a Mouse, on turning her up in her Nest with the Plough
Extract from The Epistle to Mrs. Scott of Wauchope
Whistle, and I'll come to you, my Lad
Bannockburn. Robert Bruce's Address to his Army
A Red, Red Rose
My Nannie's awa
A Man's a Man for a' that
CARCLINE OLIPHANT, BARONESS NAIRN (1766-1845) Prof. W. Minto 572
[JOSEPH ADDISON was born on the 1st of May, 1672. His first English poem was an address to Dryden on the publication of the latter's Translations of Ovid. This was written in his twenty-second year. In 1694 he published, in one of Dryden's Miscellanies, his Account of the Principal English Poets; in 1695 appeared his Address to King William. Having obtained a pension of £300 to enable him to travel he visited the continent, and in 1701 wrote his Letter from Italy to Lord Halifax. When Godolphin in 1704 was in search of a poet to celebrate in an adequate manner the victory of Blenheim, Halifax directed him to Addison, who in answer to the Treasurer's application produced The Campaign, and obtained as a reward the post of Under-Secretary of State. His opera Rosamond was performed in 1706. In 17c9 The Tatler began to appear, and The Spectator in 1711. Addison's tragedy of Cato was brought out in 1713. He also wrote Prologues and Epilogues to various plays; among others the Prologue to The Tender Husband and the Epilogue to Lord Lansdowne's British Enchanters. He died on the 17th of June, 1719.]
No English poet illustrates more vividly than Addison the truth of the principle, 'Poeta nascitur non fit.' Possessed of an inimitable prose style, which makes him the most graceful of all social satirists, the creator of Sir Roger de Coverley rarely succeeds, as a poet, in impressing us with the sense-the true touchstone of poetical art-that what he is saying is expressed better in verse than it could be expressed in prose. Nor is this to be attributed to the comparatively prosaic nature of the subjects he undertakes. Dryden, Pope, and Goldsmith write on themes which seem unpropitious when compared with the materials of the Elizabethan poets; but the best work of these three poets is, in its class, first-rate; Addison's work is never more than second-rate. His Account of the Principal English Poets is just but tame; he probably wrote it in metre merely because Roscommon had done something of the same kind before him; at any rate, by the side of the animated judgments of Pope in his Epistle to Augustus, his historical survey of English poetry seems flat and languid. His