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THE object of this Work, which is entirely new, is to comprise, within a single volume, a chronological series of our classical Poets, from Ben Jonson to Beattie, without mutilation or abridgment, with Biographical and Critical notices of their Authors. The contents of this volume are so comprehensive, that few poems, it is believed, are omitted, except such as are of secondary merit, or unsuited to the perusal of youth. The Work, within these bounds, may be termed a “Library of Classical English Poetry,” and may safely be recommended to the heads of Schools in general, and to the libraries of Young Persons.

CONTENTS.

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Paradise Lost. In Twelve Books.

BEN JONSON.

Book I.

29

II.

35

To William Camden..

III.

43

From Cynthia's Revels.

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 of Bedford..

3

IX.

80

Song to Celia..

ib.

X.

89

To the same..

ib. XI.

97

From the Shepherd's Holiday..

XII.

104

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....

4

113

III.

117

IV..

120

COWLEY.

Samson Agonistes; a Dramatic Poem .....

126

Christmas Hymn.

140

Tentanda via est, gc.
The Motto.

6
Honor..

ib.

Of Myself

ib.

WALLER.

The Chronicle. A Ballad...

ib.

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

143

lated paraphrastically out of Anacreon. To the Same

ib.

1. 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

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

Elegy upon Anacreon; who was choked by On a Girdle

a Grape-stone. Spoken by the God of To Zelinda.

9 To a Lady.

Ode, from Catullus. Acme and Septimius 10

The Complaint....

ib.

DRYDEN.

Hymn to Light..

11
Against Hope..

12

For Hope..

Annus Mirabilis : the Year of Wonders, 1666 149

13

Claudian's Old Man of Verona.

ib.

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

160

The Wish.....

ib.

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

From the Davideis.

14

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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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....

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

The Splendid Shilling..

208

Weather

287

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

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

ib.

Fable. The Jugglers.....

299

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

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

ADDISON.

On Barclay's Apology for the Quakers

The Seeker..

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

318

The Campaign. A Poem..
234

3:20:

To Sir Godfrey Kneller, on his Picture of the

The Sparrow and Diamond. A Song.

King

237

Paraphrase on Psalm XXIII.

238

TICKELL.

ib.

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The Rape of the Lock. An Heroi-Comical The Seasons :

415
Poem. In Five Cantoes.

Spring...

Canto I.

346 Summer

424

II.

347 Autumn

437

III.

348 Winter..

447

IV.

349 The Castle of Indolence: an Allegorical Poem.

V.

351 In Two Cantoes.

Canto I.

457

Prologue to Mr. Addison's Tragedy of Cato 352

Eloisa to Abelard..

ib.

II.

463

The Temple of Fame.

355 Ancient and Modern Italy compared: being

the First Part of “Liberty," a Poem... 469

The Fable of Dryope. From Ovid's Meta-
morphoses, Book IX....

359 Greece: being the Second Part of “ Liberty,472

Vertumnus and Pomona. From the same, Rome : being the Third Part of “ Liberty,” 477

Book IV..

360 Britain : being the Fourth Part of “ Liberty,” 482

An Essay on Man. In Four Epistles.

The Prospect : being the Fifth Part of

492

Liberty,".

Epistle I. Of the Nature and State of Man

498

with respect to the Universe 361 Ode
II. Of the Nature and State of Man The Happy Man.

ib.
with respect to Himself, as Song.

499

an Individual...

363 Song

III. Of the Nature and State of Man Ode

ib.

ib.

with respect to Society..... 366 Hymn on Solitude
IV. Of the Nature and State of Man To the Rev. Mr. Murdoch, Rector of Strad-

ib.
with respect to Happiness... 368 dishall, in Suffolk ..

Moral Essays. In Five Epistles to several

Persons.

A. PHILIPS.

Epistle I. Of the Knowledge and Char.

acters of Men.......... 372

To the Earl of Dorset

500

II. Of the Characters of Women

III. On the Use of Riches...... 376 A Hymn to Venus, from the Greek of Sappho 501

ib.

IV. Of the Use of Riches.... 379 A Fragment of Sappho ...

V. To Mr. Addison, occasioned

by his Dialogues on Medals 381

COLLINS.

Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, being the Prologue

to the Satires....

382

Ode to Pity

502

Messiah, a Sacred Eclogue, in imitation of

503

Ode to Fear.

Virgil's Pollio....

385

ib.

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady 386 Ode, written in the year 1746..

Satire...

ib.

Ode to a Lady, on the Death of Col. Charles

Ross, in the Action at Fontenoy..

504

Epistle to Robert Earl of Oxford and Earl

ib.

Mortimer.

Ode to Evening..

388

Ode to "iberty

505

The Passions, an Ode for Music..

506

SWIFT.

Dirge in Cymbeline...

507

An Ode on the popular Superstitions of the

Cadepus and Vanessa.

390 Highlands of Scotland; considered as the

Stella's Birth-Day::

397 Subject of Poetry...

ib.

The Journal of a Modern Lady, in a Letter Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson.

509

to a Person of Quality.

ib.

On the Death of Dr. Swift.....

399

Baucis and Philemon. On the ever-lamented

DYER.

loss of the two Yew-trees in the Parish of

Chilthorne, Somerset. Imitated from the

Grongar Hill....

511

Eighth Book of Ovid.....

403 The Ruins of Rome.

512

A Description of the Morning.

405

The Grand Question Debated: Whether Ham.

ilton's Bawn should be turned into a Bar-

SHENSTONE.

rack or a Malt-house.

ib.

On Poetry: a Rhapsody

406) The School-Mistress. In Imitation of Spenser 517

A Description of a City-Shower, in imitation Elegy, describing the sorrow of an ingenuous

of Virgil's Georgics

410 mind, on the melancholy event of a licen-

Horace, Book III. Ode II. To the Earl of

tious amour....

520

Oxford, late Lord Treasurer. Sent to him A Pastoral Ballad. In Four Parts.

when in the Tower..

411 Part 1. Absence.

521

Mrs. Harris's Petition

ib.
II. Hope ...

ib.
To the Earl of Peterborow, who commanded

III. Solicitude.

522
the British Forces in Spain.

412
IV. Disappointment

ib.
The Progress of Poetry ...
ib. The Dying Kid..

523

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