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COMPLETE DICTIONARY

POETICAL QUOTATIONS:

COMPRISING

THE MOST EXCELLENT AND APPROPRIATE PASSAGES

IN THE

OLD BRITISH POETS;

WITH

CHOICE AND COPIOUS SELECTIONS

FROM THE BEST

MODERN BRITISH AND AMERICAN POETS.

EDITED BY

SARAH JOSEPHA HALE.

As nightingales do upon glow-worms feed.
Mo poets live upon the living light
or Nature and of Beauty.

Bailey's Festus.

Brautifully Illustrated with Engravings.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.

1855.

KF 20054

HARVAR
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY
051*67

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by

RIGG, ELLIOT & L., in the Clerk's Othce of the District Court of the United States, for the Eastern

District of Pennsylvania.

PREFACE.

On presenting to the public this DICTIONARY OF POETICAL QUOTATIONS, the only COMPLETE work of the kind in the English language, the best preface will be its history.

About twenty years ago the plan was originated by John F. Addington, an Englishman, then residing in this city; but he devoted his attention almost exclusively to the old British Bards. His labours were valuable, still the work was incomplete; the modern writers of poetry, both English and American, with a few exceptions in favour of the former, were wholly omitted. Then his selections were not always in accordance with the present standard of public taste. The old dramatic poets wrote according to their light, which was often reflected through a foul medium, and revealed much that is now considered, and justly, too, as coarse and indelicate. The text of Mr. Addington's selections required revision; still, he deserves much credit for his perseverance and research, and the study he devoted “to rescue from the reckless tooth of time some of the finest thoughts and most vivid images of the ancient fathers of English poetry.” His selections from Shakspeare were copious; and also from Byron, the only modern poet that he much favoured.

To the present Editor was committed the task of revising the original work, and adding thereto selections from the modern British and American poets. This required the examination of a multitude of volumes, and much care and study, in order to exhibit, as far as possible, the characteristic excellence of each author. A difficult and delicate task it is to select from living poets,—especially when there are so many! The index shows an array of over four hundred authors; thus, at a glance, may be seen how wide has been the field of research.

Besides the new quotations introduced under every head, quite a number of new subjects have been added, making the plan complete, and furnishing a Manual of Poetical Extracts, alphabetically arranged, which will serve to interpret every passion, emotion, and feeling of the human soul. Here, also, every condition and pursuit of life may find its motto or character, and the beauties of Nature and Art their truest description. In short, the book is a precious casket, where the most perfect gems of Genius the AngloSaxon literature has preserved for the last three hundred years are garnered. The chronological order of the quotations is preserved, and thus the curious reader may trace the progressive improvements of the one language, forming now the bond of union between two great nations, whose children of song are here, for the first time, united. In the American portion, the striking characteristics of the poetry are devotion to nature, patriotism, and deep religious sentiment. This sentiment it is which makes poetry so popular in our country; and while the work now submitted contains such treasures of holy and beautiful thoughts as no other collection of poetry can show, the Editor and Publishers flatter themselves its merits will ensure it a welcome reception.

PHILADELPHIA, January, 1850.

LIST OF AUTHORS QUOTED IN THIS WORK.

BRITISH.
Addison, Joseph
Akenside. Mark
Aleyn, Charles
Armstrong, John
Bailey, Philip J.
Baillie, Miss Joanna
Bancroft, John
Barbauld, Mrs. Anna Letitia
Baron, Robert
Barrett, Miss Elizabeth B.
Barry, Ludovick
Barton, Bernard
Bayley, Thomas Haynes
Beattie, James
Beaumont, Sir John
Behn, Mrs. Aphra
Belloe, William
Black lock, Dr. Thomas
Blackmore, Sir Richard
Blair, Robert
Bloomfield, Robert
Bowles, William Lisle
Bowring, Dr.
Brandon, Samuel
Brewer, Anthony
Brome, Alexander
Brome, Richard
Brooke, Henry Beller
Brooke, Lord
Browne, William
Browning. Robert
Brydges, Sir Edgerton
Buckingham, Duke of
Bulwer, Sir Edward Lytton
Bums, Robert
Butler, Mrs. Frances Kemble
Butler, Samuel
Byron, George, Lord
Campbell, Thomas
Carew, Lady
Carew, Thomas
Cartwright, William
Chamberlaine, Robert
Chapman, George
Chandler, Mary
Churchill, Charles
Cibher, Colley
Cleaveland, John
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Collins, William
Colton, C. C.
Congreve, William
Cook, Miss Eliza
Cooke, Thomas
Corbel, Richard
Colton, Charles
Cowley, Abraham
Cowper, William
Crabbe, George
Croley, George F.
Crown, John
Cumberland, Richard
Cunningham, Allan
Daniel, Samuel
Darcy, Sir Patrick
Darwin, Dr. Erasmus
Dauborne, Robert
Davenant, Sir William
Davenport, Sir Christopher
Davis, Sir John
Day, John
Decker, Thomas
Denham, Sir John
Dennis, John
Donne, Dr. John
Dow, Alexander
Drayton, Michael
Drummond, George Hay
Dryden, John
Duncome, William
Dyer, John
Elliott, Ebenezer
Etherege, Sir George
Faber, F. W.
Falconer, William
Falkland, Lord
Fane, Sir Francis
Fawkes, Francis
Fenton, Elijah
Fielding, Henry
Fleknoe, Richard
Fletcher, John
Ford, John
Forster, Dr.
Fountain, John
Franklin, Dr. Thomas
Francis, Sir Philip
Freeman, Sir Ralph
Frowde, Philip
Garth, Sir Samuel
Gascoigne George
Gay John

Gifford, William
3 Parnell, Thomas

Colton, Walter
Glover, Richard

Patterson, James

3 Cooke, Philip P
Gofre, William
3 Pattison, William

Coxe, Arthur Cleaveland
Goldsmith, Oliver
Peter, William

Cranch, C. P.
Gomersal, Robert
Philips, Ambruse

Dana, Richard H.
Grahame, James
Philips, John

Davidson, Miss Lucretia M.
Gray, Thomas
Pollock, Robert

Davidson, Miss Margaret M
Green, Robert
Pomfret, John

Dawes, Rufus
Habbington, William
Pope, Alexander

Dinnies, Mrs. Anna Peyre
Hall, John
Porteus, Dr. Beilby

Doane, George Washington
Hammond, Anthony

Powell, George

3 Drake, Joseph Rodman
Hastings, Lady Flora
Praed, Winthrop M.

Duganne, A. J. H.
Hawkins, Sir John
Proctor, Bryan Waller

Dwight, Timothy
Hayley, William
Quarles, Francis

Eames, Mrs. Elizabeth J.
Havard, William
Raleigh, Sir Walter

Eastburn, James Wallis
Haywood, Mrs. Elizabeth Randolph, Thomas

Ellet, Mrs. Elizabeth F.
Heath, Robert
Rawlins, Thomas

Embury, Mrs. Emma C.
Heber, Reginald
Richards, Nathaniel

Emerson, Ralph Waldo
3 Hemans, Mrs. Felicia Dorothea > Rider, William

Everest, C. W.
Herbert, George
Robinson, Mrs. Mory

Everett, Edward
Herbert, William
Rochester, Earl of

Fields, James T.
3 Herrick, Robert
Rogers, Samuel

Franklin, Dr. Benjamin
Hervey, Thomas K.
Roscommon, Earl of

Frisbie, Levi
Heywood, John
Rowe, Nicholas

Fuller, Miss S. Margaret
Higgons, Bevil
Rowley, Samuel

Gallagher, William D.
Hill, Aaron
Rowley, William

} Gilman, Mrs. Caroline
Hill, George
Russell, Lord John

Gould, Miss Hannah F.
Hogg, Thomas
3 Rutter, Joseph

Ś Gray, Thomas, Jr.
Holford, Mrs.
Sampson, Henry

Hale, Mrs. Sarah Josepha
3 Holland, Lord
3 Savage, Richard

Hall, Mrs. Louisa J.
Home, John
Scott, Sir Walter

Halleck, Fitz Greene
Hood, Thomas
Sewell, George

Hillhouse, James A.
3 Hopkins, Charles

Shadwell, Thomas

3 Hirst, Henry B.
Howard, Sir Robert
Shakspeare, William

Hoffman, Charles Fenno
Howell, James
Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Holmes, Dr. Oliver Wendell
Howitt, Mrs. Mary
Shenstone, William

Hooper, Miss Lucy
Hunt, Leigh

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley Hosmer, William C. H.
Hunt, Sir A.
Shirley, James

Howe, Mrs. Julia W.
Jeffreys, George
Sidney, Sir Philip

Hoyt, Ralph
Jephson, Robert
Smith, Horace

Humphreys, David
3 Jenyns, Soame
Smith, William

Judson, Mrs. Emily C.
Jewsbury, Miss Maria Jane Smollett, Dr. Tobias

Kinney, Mrs. Elizabeth C.
3 Johnson, Charles
Somerville, William

Leggett, William
Johnson, Dr. Samuel
Southern, Thomas

3 Lewis, Mrs. Sarah Anna
Jones, Sir William
Southey, Mrs. Caroline

Longfellow, Henry Wordsworth 3 Jonson, Ben

Southey, Robert

Lowell, James Russell
Keats, John
Southwell, Robert

Lowell, Mrs. Maria
Kett, Henry
Spenser, Edmund

Lunt, George
3 Killegrew, Henry

Sierling, John

Lynch, Miss Anne C.
King, Dr. Henry
Stillingfleet, Benjamin

Mathews, Cornelius
Knowles, James Sheridan Suckling, Sir John

May, Miss Caroline
Lamb, Charles
Swift, Dr. Jonathan

Mellen, Granville
Lamb, Hon. George

Talfourd, Thomas Noon Morris, George P.
3 Landon, Miss Letitia Elizabeth Tate, Nahum

Morris, Robert
Langhorne, Dr. John
Taylor, Henry

Mackellar, Thomas
Lansdown, George, L'a Granville Tennyson, Alfred

McLellan, Isaac
3 Lee, Nathaniel
3 Thomson, James

Neal, John
Lewis, Matthew Gregory
Thompson, William

Neal, Mrs. J. C.
3 Lillo, George

Tickell, Thomas

Nichol, John 3 Lilly, John

Tighe, Mrs. Mary

* Nichols, Mrs. R. S. Llywelyn, Sion

Tonna, Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Noble, L. L. } Lodge, Dr. Thomas

Trapp, Joseph

Norton, Andrews
Lovelace, Richard

Tupper, Martin Farquhar Osgood, Mrs. Frances S.
Lyttleton, George, Lord
Vincent, William

Pabodie, William J.
Macaulay, Thomas Babington 3 Waller, Edmund

Palmer, William Pitt
Macklin, Charles
Walton, Isaac

Parsons, Thomas W.
3 Madden, Dr. Samuel
Watkins, Roland

Patterson, Samuel D.
Mallet, David
Watts, Alaric A.

3 Peabody, William B. O.
Manners, Lady
Webster, John

Percival, James Gates
Markham, Gervase
White, Henry Kirke

Pickering, Henry
Marlowe, Christopher
Whitehead, William

Pierpont, John
Marmyon, Sheckerly
Wilkie, William

Pierson, Lydia Jane
3 Marsh, Narcissus
Wilkins, John

Pinckney, Edward C.
Marston, John
Wilson, Arthur

Poe, Edgar A.
Martyn, John
} Wolcot, Dr. John

Prentice, George D.
3 Marvel, Andrew
3 Wordsworth, William

3 Read, T. Buchanan
Mason, William
Young, Edward

Rockwell, J. O.
Massinger, Philip

Sands, Robert C.
Maturin, Charles Robert

AMERICAN

Sargent, Epes
May, Thomas

Sargent, John 0.
3 Mead, Robert
3 Adams, John Quincy

Sawyer, Mrs. Caroline M.
Middleton, Thomas
Aldrich, James

Sigourney, Mrs. Lydia H. • Miller, James

Allston, Washington

Simms, William Gilmore
3 Milman, Henry Hart
3 Barker, James N.

Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth Oakes
Milnes, Richard M.

Barlow, Joel

3 Sprague, Charles
3 Milton, John
} Bates, David

Stoddard, Mrs. Lavinia
Montgomery, James

Benjamin, Park

3 Stoddard, R. H.
Montgomery, Robert

Bethune, George Washington Street, Alfred B
3 Moore, Thomas
3 Bird, Robert M.

Taylor, J. Bayard
More, Mrs. Hannah

Bogart, Miss Elizabeth

3 Thomas, F. W. 3 Motherwell, William

Boker, Charles

Thomson, Charles West
Mottley, John
Brainard, J. G. C.

Tuckerman, Henry T.
Murphy, Arthur
3 Brooks, James G.

3 Very, Jones
Nabb, T.
Brooks, Mrs. Maria

Wallace, William
Nevil, Robert

Bryant, John H.

3 Ware, Henry, Jr.
} Norton, Hon. Mrs. Caroline 3 Bryant, William Cullen

Ward, Thomas
Ogilvie, Dr. John
Burleigh, William H.

Welby, Mrs. Amelia B,
Oldham, John
Carey, Miss Alice

3 Whitman, Mrs. Sarah Helen
3 Oldmixon, John
3 Carey, Miss Phcebe

Whittier, John G.
Opie, Mrs. Amelia

Chandler, Mrs. Caroline H. Wilcox, Carlos
} Orrery, Lord

Chandler, Mrs. Elizabeth M. 3 Wilde, Richard Henry
Osborne, Francis

Clark, Willis Gaylord

{Willis, Nathaniel Parker
Otway, Thomas
Clarke, Miss Sara J.

Woodworth, Samuel
3 Overbury, Sir Thomas
3 Coe, Richard, Jr.

Worthington, Mrs. Jane T

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