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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 persors, 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 famę. 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 comilts principally of ludicrous poems, epigrams, songs, ballads, prologues, epilogues, and various other little pieces intended for amusement and diversion.
As such a great variety has unavoidably swelled this work to a very considerable fize, 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.
Hymn oa Providence
ib. 5 Against Idleness and Mischief
ib. Aguinit Pride in Clothes
Bilm goth paraphrased
Hrin fo: Noon
ib. 15 | Good Resolutions
The Way to Happiness
ib. 17 The Benedicite paraphrased
A Defire to Praise
ib. 17 | The Trials or Virtue
O. the Power of the Supreme Being
Fables from Wikio, Whitebead, Curion,
A Suniner Evening's Meditation
ib. 52 Paraphrule on laiah 44. 15
Paraphrafe on the 6th Chapter of Matthew Thomfon 55 Gencalory of Chritt
Pope 170 | Ode to Adverfity
The dving Christian to his Soul
ib. "13" | The Descent of Odin
Prologue to Cato
ib. 194 | The Fairy's Answer Countess of C- 42 I
Eiliy cn Man
ib. 199 Ode to Mirch
Prologue to the Satires
ib. 223 | Brittowe Tragedie, &c.
Epilogue to the Satires
ib. 2;'Chorus in Goddu yn
The Deserted Village
. 43 ?
Din am 251 Orienial Eclogues
Eilay on Satire Dryden & Buckingham 301 An Evening Address to a Nightingale
The Book Worm
ib. 314 On Liberty, and in Praile of Mr. Howard
ib. 315 On Domeitic Happiness, &c.
Wit 315 On the Employments of what is called an Ide
Cowper 317 The Pit comes in, &c.
Exay on Poetry
Cattle of lodolence
Tbom in 30+ Ole to Evening
Inscription in a Hermitage
ib. 391 Description of a Parith Poor-House Crabbe 496
ib. 394 | Apology for Vagrantes
ió. 396 Great Cities, and London in particular, allowed
Ode on the Death of a Farourire Cat
GLOVER'S LE () NIDAS. Adam's Advice to Eve to avoid Temptation
SPENSER'S FAIRY QUEEN LYCIDAS
Deicription of Despair, and her Speech
191 To a Mouse, on turning her up in her Neft with
The Arrival of Satan at Hell, and the Allegoty To a Mountain Daisy
193 Epistle to Thomas Lambard, Esq.
Knowledge, and Eve's Reply
197 | The Enquiry. Written in the last Century 26;
BOOK V. Cousining of Ludicrous Poems, Epigrams, Epitaphs, Odes, Classical Songs, Ballads,
Prologues, Epilogues, and various other little Pieces calculated for Recreation.
An Evening Conteniplation in a Colle, e On hearing of a Gentleman's Pocket being picked
Report of an adjudged Case not to be found in An Invitation into the Country
Cowper 271 Invitation to the Feathered Race
To Mr. Weit at Wickliam
ib. 274 Epitaph on Miss Basnet, in Pancras Church-yard 343
On the Death of Dr. Swift
286 On Time