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"HE charms of Poetry have been felt by mankind in all ages.

So highly were the ancients enamoured of this art, that with them the Poet was a facred character; and they spake of the Muses as the offspring of Jupiter himself.

And as the pleasure derived from Poetry is founded on that sense of fublimity, beauty, and harmony, which is natural to the mind of man, it will always meet with admirers, while, in the words of one of the elegant authors of The Guardian, it can meet with “ a heart tender and

generous, a heart that can swell with the joys, or be depressed with "the misfortunes of others; a heart large enough to receive the

greatest ideas nature can suggest, and delicate enough to relish the " most beautiful; that is capable of entering into all those subtle

graces, and all that divine elegance, the enjoyment of which is to be “ felt only, and not expressed.”

To young minds especially, whose susceptibility is not destroyed, and who are alive to the pleasing impressions of nature and fancy, it yields a. charming repaft, while (to cite the same author again) “ it leads them " through flowery meadows or beautiful gardens, refreshes them with “ cooling breezes or delicious fruits, soothes them with the murmur of "waters or the melody of birds; or else conveys them to the court and

camp, dazzles their imagination with crowns and sceptres, embattled " hosts

, or heroes thining in burnished steel.” It would, therefore, be allowable to encourage a taste for Poetry in young persons, were it only capable of affording them these innocent delights.

But Poetry may be successfully employed as the vehicle of instruction, as well as pleasure.

From the earliest periods its language has been made use of, not only in describing the beauties of nature, the pleasures of innocence, and the emotions of love, but in exciting to virtuous and heroic actions, and in ftonveying historical, political, and religious instruction. And it has Poften been found a successful instrument in fixing impressions on young minds, when precepts dressed in a less alluring form could not engage their attention.

It is to an acquaintance with the Muses, likewise, that most of those characters who have attained to any considerable eminence in polite literature, have acknowledged themselves chiefly indebted for the graces and recommendations of fine writing; for liveliness and strength of

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imagination, variety and force of language, as well as the noblest sentiments and reflections.

The design of the present compilation is, to supply young persor.s, in the course of a school education, with a greater variety of English poetry than has ever yet been published in one volume, and at an expence that is comparatively trifling and inconsiderable.

The poets from whose works the extracts have been taken are, many of them, the most celebrated which this country has produced ; and others sustain no mean rank in the lists of fame. In borrowing from them, the same freedom is used as has been observed in former collections: and in many instances, where the plan would admit of it, such poems as have received the stamp of universal approbation are inserted entire.

Particular care has at the same time been taken, to admit of nothing into this collection but what is calculated for improvement, or for innocent recreation. As the bees, to borrow a comparison from St. Basil, do not dwell upon every sort of flowers, and even from those they fix upon draw only what is of service for the composition of their precious liquid, the Editor has endeavoured to follow their example : and as in gathering roses we take care to avoid the thorns, he has been careful to gather only, from the authors to whose works he has had recourse, what may be useful and entertaining, without touching any thing that is pernicious.

The first book is composed of pieces on facred and moral subjects : the second, of didactic, descriptive, narrative, and pathetic pieces.

The third book contains extracts from our best dramatic writers, and particularly Shakspeare, of whose works the last edition, by Mr. Malone, has been closely followed.

To the fourth book, which is epic and miscellaneous, the works of Spenser, Milton, and Pope have largely contributed.

The fifth book consists principally of ludicrous poeins, epigrams, songs, ballads, prologues, epilogues, and various other little pieces intended for amusement and diverfion.

As such a great variety has unavoidably swelled this work to a very considerable size, it has been thought proper, in the same manner as in the Extracts in Prose, to insert a new title page nearly in the middle, that it may be bound in one, or in two volumes, according to the with of the purchasers.

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BOOK 1. SACRED AND MORAL.

Page

Address to the Deity

Tbomfon 1 The All-seeing God

Young Solemn Thoughts concerning God and Death ib. 57

Us and Eve's Morning Hymn Milton Heaven and Hell

Hyun ou Gratitude

Addison 2 Advantages of Early Religion

Hinn on Providence

ibid, The Danger of Delay

Hymn from the igth Plalm

2 Examples of Early Piety

ib. 58

Another Hymn

Mrs. Rowe 2 Againit Lying

ib. 58

Another Hymn

ib. 3 Againit Quarrelling and Fighting

ib. 53

Another, from Pfalm 148

Ogilvie 3

Love between Brothers and Sisters

Palm 4th

Merrick 4, Against Scoffing and calling Names

ib. 59

Psalm 5th

ib. 4 | Against Swearing, and taking God's Name in

Piala 6th

vain

Plain Sih

ib. 5 Against Idleness and Mischief

ib. 59

Pialo 23d

io.

5

Againit Evil Company

Psalm 1:20
ib. 5 Againit Pride in Clothes

ib, bo

The Sch Palm translated

Pitt 6 Obedience to Parents

ib, 60

Pfala 24th paraphrased

ib. 6 | The Child's Complaint

ib. 60

Palm 29th

A Morning and Eveping Song

ib. 63

Palm fóth paraphrafed

ib.

7

For the Lord's Day Morning

ib. 6)

Pálin çoth paraphrased

ib.

7

For the Lord's Day Evening

ib. 61

Psalm 14 th paraphrased

ib. The Ten Commandments paraphrafed, &c. ib, 03

The zd Chapter of Job

ib.

9

Our Saviour's Golden Rule

ib. 61

The z;th Chapter of Job paraphrased ib. 9 Duty to God and our Neighbour

it. 62

The Song of Moses (Exod. XV.) paraphrased ib. 10 The Holanna; or, Salvation aferibed to Christ ib. 61

The 13th Píalm paraphrased

Glory to the Father, &c.

ib. 61

Hinn to the Supreme Being

Blacklock 12 The Sluggard

ib. 60

Another Hydın

Anon. 13 Innocent Play

. 62

Another Hymn

The Rose

it. Oz

Hymn on the Seasons

Thomson 14 The Thief

ib. 62

Hymn for Morning
Parnell 15 The Ant, or Emmet

ib.
Hyma for Noon

ib. 15 Good Resolutions

Hymn for Evening

A Summer Evening

ib. 63

The Soul in Sorrow

ib. 16 A Cradle Hymn

The Happy Man

ib. 16 The Nunc Dimittis

Merrick 63

The Way to Happiness

ib. 17 | The Benedicite paraphrased

The Convert's Love

The Ignorance of Man

A Defire to Praise

The Trials of Virtue

O Happiness in this Life

ib. 10 Christ's Pflion

Piri 66

Editasy

ib. 18 A Funeral Hymn

Mullet 67

On Divine Love, by meditating on the Wounds Veni Creator Spiritus paraphrased Dryden 67

of Christ

ib. 19 A Night Piece

Miss Curtur 67

The Universal Prayer

Pope 19

Ode to Melancholy

id. 68

Metab, a Sacred Eclogue

ib. 20

Written at Midnight in a Thunder Storm ib. 68

A Night Piece on Death

Parnell 21 Elegy on the Death of Lady Coventry Major 69

Elegy in a Country Church-Yard

Gray 21 Elegy to a young Nobleman

Death

Porteus 22

The Choice of Hercules

The Grave

Blair 25 The Hermit

Happinefs to be found in Virtue alone Pope 31

The Fire-Side

Oz the Eternity of the Supreme Being Smart 32 Visions

On the Immenfity of the Supreme Being

ib. 33 Fables

by the late 11r. Gay 95-115

On the Omniscience of the Supreme Being ib. 34 | Various Extracts

Young 115-13?

On the Power of the Supreme Being

ib, 36 Fables for the Female Sex

More 132-151

Oa tke Godness of the Supreme Being

Fables from Wilkie, Whitehead, Cotion,
Ole to Willoin
Miss Caritr 38 and Merrick

151-156

Deity

Borse 39

Know thyself

Aybarbngt 156

The Day of Judgment

Glynn 47

Letions of Wisdom

Arnfrung 157

Hymns

Mrs. Barbauld sc | Pain arising from Virtuous Emotions, 8c. Akujiude 138

Aa Address to the Deity

ib. 51 Paraphrase of Pl. 74. 16, 17 Mifs iViliams 159

A Surimer Evening's Meditation

ib. 52 Paraphrafe on Isaiah 47. 15

Hyma to Content

ib. 53 | Paraphrase on Matt. 7. 12

ib

To Witom

ib. 54 Paraphrase on the latter Part of Matt. VI. Thomson 160

Decondency, an Ode

Barns 54 Reflections on a Future State

ib. 160

TE: fruity and Folly of Man

A Prayer in the Prospect of Death

Burns 161

Lorih 161

Paraphrafe on the 6th Chapter of Matthew Thomson 55 Gencalogy of Chrift

Szs st Praise

Watts 55 On the Death of Frederick P. of Wales Scorum..163

Iudicacy of the Bible

Walls 57 Death

Emily 104

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Collins 437

ib. 447

BOOK II. DIDACTIC, DESCRIPTIVE, NARRATIVE,

AND P A T HET I C.

Page

Page

THE

THE Traveller

Goldsmith 167 | Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College Gray 415

Pastoral

Pope 170 Ode to Adversity

Windsor Forest

ib. 174 The Progress of Poesy, a Pindaric Ode ib. 416

Two Chorusses to the Tragedy of Brutus ib. 179 The Bard, a Pindaric Ode

ib. 417

Ode on Solitude

ib. 180 | The Fatal Sisters

ib. 418

The dying Christian to his Soul

ib. 180 The Descent of Odin

Effay on Criticism

ib. 180 The Triumphs of Owen

Rape of the Lock

ib. 186 Ode on the Installation of the Duke of Grafton ib. 420

Elegy to the Memory of an unfortunate Lady ib. 193 A Prayer for Indifference

Greville 421

Prologue to Cato

ib. 194 The Fairy's Answer Countefs of C--- 42 I

Epilogue to Jane Shore

ib. 194 The Beggar's Petition

Anon. 422

The Temple of Fame

ib. 195 Pollia. An Elegiac Ode

Mickle 422

Happy Life of a Country Parson

ib. 199 The Tears of Scotland

Smollet 424

Ellay on Man

ib. 199 Ode to Mirth

Moral Essays

ib. 212 Ode to Leven Water

Epistle to Mr. Addison

ib. 222 Songe to Ælla, &c.

Chatterton 425

Prologue to the Satires

ib. 223 Bristowe Tragedie, &c.

Satires and Epistles of Horace imitated ib, 227 The Mynstrelles Songe in Ælla, &c.

Epilogue to the Satires

ib. 238 Chorus in Goddwyn

Imitations of Horace

ib. 242 Grongar Hill

Dyer 429

The Deserted Village

Goldsmith 245 A Monody on the Death of his Lady Ld Lyttelton 431

Edwin and Angelina

ib. 248 a Winter Piece

Anon. 433

A Panegyric

Waller 2 +9 | The School Mistress

Sbenstone 434

Cooper's Hill

Dentam 251 Oriental Eclogues

On Cowley's Death, &c.

ib. 254 The Splendid Shilling

J. Phillips 439

Essay on Translated Verse

Roscommon 255 An Epistle to a Lady

Nugent 441

Abfalom and Achitophel

Dryden 253 Alexander's Feast

Dryden 442

Palamon and Arcite

ib. 276 Epistle to the Earl of Dorset

Phillips 443

Religio Laici

ib. 295 | The Man of Sorrow

Greville 444

Mac Flecknoe

ib. 299 Monody to the Memory of a young Lady Shaw 44+
Eilay on Satire

Drgden & Buckingbam 301 An Evening Address to a Nightingale
Cymon and Iphigenia ,
Dryden 303 Ode to Narcissa

Smolle! 443

Letter to Lord Halifax

Addifor 308 Elegy, in Imitation of Tibullus

ib. 448

The Campaign

ib, 309 Propagation of the Gospel in Greenland Cowper 448

Allegory on Man

Parnell

313 On Slavery, and the Slave Trade

'ib. 448

The Book Worm

ib. 314 On Liberty, and in Praise of Mr. Howard

Imitation of French Verses

ib. 315 On Domestic Happiness, &c.

AJ Amicos

Weft 315 On the Employments of what is called an Idle

Hymn to Contentment

Parnell 316

Life

An Address to Winter

Cowper 317 The Poft comes in, &c.

Liberty renders England preferable to other Na. A Fragment

Mallei 451

tions, &c.

. 317 | Ode to Evening

7. Warton 452

Description of a Poet

ib. 318 Ilis. An Elegy

Mafon 452

Love Elegies

ib. 318 | Epistolary Verses, &c.

Lloyd 453

Effay on Poetry

Buckingham 320 Oje to Arthur Onslow, Esq.

454

Tlie Chace

Somerville 323 Oje to Melancholy

Ogilvie 455

Rural Sports

Gay 340 Ode to the Genius of Shakspeare

Love of Fame

Young 343 Ode to Time, &c.

Castle of lodolence

Thomson 361 Ode to Evening

To the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton ib. 378 Ode to Innocence

Ilymn on Solitude

ib. 379 Hymn to Science

Library Mag. 460

Hymn to Darkness

Yalden 380 | Address to a young Gentleman at School Duncan 461

On Education

Weji 380 Effufions on quitting an Academic Life Anon, 462

A Birth-day Thought

388 Address to Sensibility

Mrs. Yearfley 462

A Moral Reflection

389 | Address to Indifference

ib. 463

On Eternity

Gibbons 389 Morning; or the Complaint

Gregory 464

Triumph of Ilis

T. Warton 389 Evening, or the Fugitive

is. 465

Infcription in a Hermitage

ib. 391 Description of a Parith Poor-House

Crabbe 466

A Monody

ib. 392 Description of a Country Apothecary

ib. 467

On the Death of George II.

ib. 392 Description of a Country Clergyman vifiting

On the Marriage of the King

the Sick

ib. 467

On the Birth of the Prince of Wales

ib. 393 The Reason for describing the Vices of the

Ole to Sleep

Village

ib. 467

The Hamlet

ib. 394 Apology for Vagrants

Anon. 467

The First of April

ib. 395 Epistle to a young Gentleman on his Icaving

The Suicide

Eton School

Roberts 467

de sent to a Friend

ib, 396 Great Cities, and London in particular, allowed

Art of Preferring Health

Armstrong 397

their due Praise

Couper 468

je on the Spring

Gray-414 The Want of Difciplin the English Univer-

Die on the Death of a Favourite Cat

licies

ib. 469

Happy

ib. 396

ib. 414

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Happy be friom of the Man whom Grace The Wearisomeness of what is commonly called

Cowper 469 a Life of Pleasure

aks , ác,

Cowper 491

Tha Plagay which itops at Secondary Causes Satirical Review of our Trips to France

ib. 471 | The Pulpit the Engine 'of Reformation

Rara Sounds as well as Sights delightful ib, 471 | The Petit Maitre Clergyman

BOOK III. DRAMATIC.

ÅRIOUS Extracts from the Plays

SHAKSPEARE 1-108

PATHETIC PIECES.
Sedeftina and Dorax

Dryden 109 In what Manner Princes ought to be taught Mallet 164

Astony and Ventidius

ib. 111

True End of Royalty

ib. 164

Theodofius and Marcian

The real Duty of a King

Rowe 165

Glatter and Hastings

Rowe 116 Character of a good King

Thomson 165

Getrus and Dalecarlians

Brooke 117

The Guilt of bad Kings

Mallet 165

Grus and Criftiern

ib. 118 The true End of Life

Thomson 165

Bratus and Titus

The same

Jobafon 165

Lady Randolph, Lord Randolph, and young

A Lion overcome by a Man

Lee 105

Norral, not known at the Time to be Lady Character of an excellent Man

Rowe 165

Randolph's Son

Home 121 Virtue the only true Source of Nobility Thomson 165

l'eung Norval informs Lord Randoiph how he The happy Efects of Misfortune

ib. 166

acquired a Knowledge in the Art of War ib. 122 Description of the Morning

Otway 166

Douglas's Soliloquy in the Wood, waiting for Another

Lee 166

Lady Randolph, after he was known to be her The charming Notes of the Nightingale ib. 166

Son

ib. 122

'I he same

Rowe 166

Cato

Addison 122

A worthless Person can claim no Merit from the

Phedra and Hippolitus

Virtue of his Ancestors

Rowe 166

The Happiness of a Free Government Johnson 163 The Love of our Country the greatest of Vir-

The Killing of a Boar

Olway 163

Thomson 166

Description of a Popalous City

Young 163 | The same

Whitebead 166

Rural Courthip

Dryden 163 In what Philofophy really consists Thomjon 166

Description of a Person left on a Desert Mand Scipio restoring the Captive Mistress to her Royal

Thomjon 163 Lover

ib. 167

The firt Feat of a Young Eagle

Rowe 163 The Blessings of Peace

The true End of Education

16. 163. Providence

Filial Piety

Mallet 163 Prudence

The same

Tb-mjon 164 Description of Ships appearing at a Distance, and

Bad Fortune more easily borne than gocd Ruwe 164

approaching the shore

Dryden 167

Despair never to be indulged
Pbilips 164 Virtue preferable to Rank

Ruwe 68

A Friend to Freedom can never be a Traitor Description of an ancient Cathedral

Congreve, 168

Tbomjon 164 Description of a Triumph

Lee 168

Description of a Hag

Hill 168

Osway 164 A Shepherd's Life happier than a King's

Happiness the inseparable Companion of Virtue Virtue its own Reward

Rowe 168

Rowe 164 No Difficulties insuperable to the Prudent and

Honour superior to Justice

Thomson 164

Brave

ib. 168

BOOK IV. EPIC AND

MISCELLANEOUS.

POPE'S HOMER'S ILIAD. Hector and Andromache's Parting, &c.

193

MBASSY of Ulyffes, Phænix, and Ajax,

Priam's Interview with Achilles

176

to Achilles, to solicit Achilles's Recon. Description of Jupiter

178

ciliation-Picture of the Simplicity and Tem- Awful Description of the Deities engaged in the

perance of ancient Times

169 Combat

173

Conference between Achilles and Hector at the Description of the Grecian Army when narch-

Time of that Engagement which proved fa- ing against the 'I rojans

179

tal to the laft-mentioned Hero

THE ODYSSEY.

173

Speeches of Achilles and Hector, after the last- Ulysses on a desolate Iand-the Gods allemble

mectioned Hero was mortaily wounded 173

-Description of the Morning, &c.

179

Hecor and Ajax; Generosity of Courage in these The Consequences of Sensuality pointed out by

Heroes. Dialogue between them

173 the Story of Circe, &c.

180

Ajaz and Heétor exchange Presents after their The Inchantments of an idle Lise, and the Evils

bloody Encounter, and part in Friendship 173

that attend Inactivity and Pleasure, &c. 180

Character of Agamemnon

180

The Song which the Syrens address to Ulysses

174

Agamemnon's Speech to Menelaus when he was Relation of the Dog Argus, &c.

180

about to spare the Life of a young Trojan 174 Advice of Pallas to Ulysses, before he goes to the

Speech of Ulsfles to Agamemnon, when the Court of the Phæacians

181

laner proposed to quit the Phrygian Coaft, &c. 174 Pompous Description of the Royal Palace and

Dhomed's Reproach of Agamemnon

174

Gardens of the Phæacians

Neftor's Approval of Diomed's insolent Rebuke

174 Ulysses' ariful Address, &c.

181

Caracter of Therlites; his Speech to low Dila Ulyfles left seated with Alcinous and his Queen;

fesfions in the Army; and Ulysses' Reply 174

the discovering the Garment that was lent him

Hezn's Lamentation over Hector's dead Body 175

by Nausicaa questions him on that Head, &c. 182

275 Vlyties at the Phæacian Games

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