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tracts from this author I have added two papers on Sir Roger de Coverley, and a portion of his poetical Epistle to Lord Halifax. I left out the two hymns, beginning, “ When all thy mercies, O my God," and, “ How are thy servants blest, O Lord,” because it is very doubtful whether he wrote them. Addison introduces them in the Spectator, as if they were the production of another; and the editor of Andrew Marvell's works, Edward Thompson, makes it appear very probable that they were written by his author, as they were found among his manuscripts in his hand-writing, with some variations.Gar. His letter on the “Village Lovers" is a gem.-SWIFT. His satire on “Transubstantiation” is omitted for two reasons: the subject is too sacred for such a weapon, and the doctrine too absurd for refutation. Instead of this, the reader will find a still more humorous piece,--that on “ Partridge's Death.”—POPE. The extracts from the “ Essay on Criticism,” the “Essay on Man," and his “Letter to Steele,” additional; and the extracts from the “Rape of the Lock” better arranged. Thomson. “ The Loves of the Birds," "A Summer Scene,” “ A Thunder-Shower,” “The Springs of Rivers,” and “A Man perishing in the Snows of Winter," additional.-BOLING BROKE. “The Use of History," additional.-Gray. His “Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College," the exquisitely beautiful"Song," and the four “ Letters,” additional.GOLDSMITH. The “Scenery of the Alps," and the “History of a Poet's Garden,” take the place of “ Alcander and Septimius," a rather unnatural story – BLACKSTONE. His remarks on “The Origin and Right of Property," omitted, as altogether too dry.-- Johnson. “Gayety and Good-Humor," u The Conversation of Authors," « Books and Tradition,” “ Prevention of Evil Habits," and « Parallel between Pope and Dryden," additional.—Lowth. His “Remarks on the Sublimity of the Prophet Isaiah," who will not value ?-Jones. His beautiful letter on “ Milton's Residence," additional.-BURKE. “John How. ard," " Sir Joshua Reynolds," " Rights of Man," “ Noisy Politicians," all additional. Junius. This author had rather more than his share before: I there. fore omitted two letters of less importance.-CowPER. “The Wounded Spirit Healed," “ The Guilt of making Man Property,” “The Diverting History of John Gilpin," and five letters, “Cowper's Amusements," “ Writing upon Any Thing," " An Epistle in Rhyme," Expects Lady Hesketh, &c.," “ Translation of Homer, &c.,' all additional.

Such are the most important additions and alterations which have been made in the second edition. But there is hardly an author that remains pre. cisely as before. In almost every one, some additional notes will be found, and the number of verbal alterations is very great. This is owing to the fact that the second proof of this edition I have read very carefully with a most experienced and critical proof-reader, by the best original edition of each author. One would be surprised to see how many errors have crept into the various reprints. To give but two specimens: the fourth line of the “Emigrants," of Marvell, reads in the common editions, “The listening winds received their song." It should be “this song;" and then the song follows, and not in verses as usually printed. The last line but one of Cowper's eulogy on John Bunyan usually reads, “And not with curses on his heart :" it should be

And not with curses on his art, who stole

The gem of truth from his unguarded soul. Numerous cases of a similar character might be cited; but I lave already said quite enough of my own efforts to improve this edition: the Publishers, it will be seen, have done their part in a style of unusual beauty; so that, I believe, scarcely any book has been offered to the public at so moderate a price, if the amount of reading matter and the style of mechanical execution be taken into view PAILADELPHIA, September 2, 1818.

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74 DANIEL, SAMUEL . 159 | DAVERANT, WILLIAM

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MARKHAM, GERVASE MarlowE, CHRISTOPHER . Manyell, ANDREW MIDDLETON, CONYEUS Milton, Joan MINSTRELSY, ENGLISH Montago, LADY MARY MORE, THOMAS NEWCASTLE, DUCHESS OF OFERBURY, Tuomas PARNELL, THOMAS PENN, WILLIAM Philips, CATHERINE Pitt, WILLIAM POPE, ALEXANDER PRIOR, MATTHEW QUARLES, FRANCIS RALEIGA, WALTER KICHARDSON, SAMUEL .

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CONTENTS.

SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE

17 WILLIAM TYNDALE

63

From the Prologue..

18 Various Translations of the Bible.... 53

The Chinese

19 His Death ......

54

Spherical Form of the Earth ..

20 Tyndale's Version, Luke x. 25..

54

JOHN WICLIF

21 SIR THOMAS WYATT.

55

Gratitude due the Reformer (note). 22 The Lover complaineth of the unkind-
Wordsworth's Lines on Wiclif (note).. 22 ness of his Love...

56

Wiclif's Apology..

23

He prayeth not to be Disdained, &c.. 57

All-sufficiency of the Scriptures. .. 23 Description of One he would love 57

Papal Opposition to Wiclif, (note) 23 of the Mean and Sure Estate.

58

Specimen of bis Translation of the Of his Return from Spain.....

58

Bible....

24 Prose

58

Letter to his Son.................... 58

JOHN BARBOUR

25

Apostrophe to Freedom....

25 IIENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY 60

Paraphrase of the same, (note).. 26 Prisoner in Windsor...

61

Dr. Nott's Comparison between Surrey

GEOFFREY CHAUCER..

26

and Wyatt, (note).

61

Boccacio's Decameron, (note).

27 The Frailty of Beauty

63

Prologue to Canterbury Tales.

28 In Praise of his Lady-love

63

Influence on the Reformation, (note). 28 Description of Spring...

64

The Knight and squire...

29 A happy Life, and the Means to attain 64

The Clerk

30

it....

The Wife ..

30

The Parson

31 HUGII LATIMER

65

Troilus and Creseida...

32 Ilis Martyrdom

65

Romaunt of the Rose.........

32

A Yeoman of Henry VII.'s Time ..... 65

The House of Fame.

32 Examined before the Bishops

66

Eagle's Flight with the Poet.

33 Cause and Effect ....

67

Pope's Imitation, (note).

33

The Flower and the Leaf

33 SIR JOIN CHEKE.

68

Prose-Upon Riches..

33 Lines from Milton, (note)

68

The New and the Old Religion con-

JOHN GOWER

34

trasted .....

69

Confessio Amantis

34

Story of Florent....

35 JOIIN HEYWOOD.

70

The Drama ...

70

JAMES I. OF SCOTLAND

38 Miracle Plays.

70

The King's Quair ........

38 Moral Plays

70

On his Beloved.....

39 Writers of Elizabeth's Reign, (note).. 70

Interludeg....

71

WILLIAM CAXTON..

42 From the Four P's..

71

Discovery of the Art of Printing, (note) 42 Palmer and Pilgrim, (note).

71

Origin of the Name of Albion

43

JOHN STILL.........

72

WILLIAM DUNBAR

44 Gammer Gurton's Needle....

73

The Thistle and the Roge...

Extract from

74

Dance of the Seven Deadly Sing...... 45

No Treasure without Gladness..

46 ROGER ASCHAM

74

From the Toxophilus

75

SIR THOMAS MORE....

47 In Praise of the Goose..

76

Interview with Erasmus.

47 Apology for Writing in English ......

The Utopia, account of ...

48 Intermixture of Study and Exercise.. 78

His other Works....

50 Consequences of Neglected Education 78

Queen Margaret's Speech on giving Dangers of Foreign Travel........... 79

up her Son to the “ Protector" .. 50

His Marriages...

51 SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

80

His Letter to his Wife .....

52 The Arcadia

81

45

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.

SIR THOMAS OVERBURY.

Description of Arcadia....

81 Prose Writings....

126

Pamela and Philoclea.

81 A Fair and Happy Milkmaid.

126

Description of a Stag-hunt..

82

His Defence of Poesy:

83 WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE..

127

Character of the Poet.

83

Chronological List of his Plays.... 128

Philosopher, Historian, and Poet, com- Ben Jonson's Encomium

129

pared

84

Dryden's Encomium ..

129

In Praise of Poesy.

85 From the “Merchant of Venice,”-the

Poetry-Sonnet to Sleep....

87

Three Caskets

130

The Seven Ages.

134

CIIRISTOPHER MARLOWE ........ 87 Clarence's Dream

135

A Passionate Shepherd to his Love... 87 Fall of Cardinal Wolsey:

137

Queen Mab and the Fairies

139

ROBERT SOUTHWELL...

88 Life and Death weighed

140

The Power of Truth, Bryant, (note).. 89 Mercy...

141

Times go by Turns.

89 Fame to be kept bright by Activity... 141

Scorn not the least.

90 The Commonwealth of Bees.

142

Content and Rich...

90

Prose-Mary Magdalen's Tears. 91 BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.

143

Life hath no Unmeddled Joy.

92 Address to Melancholy....

143

The Life of Man...

144

EDMUND SPENSER...

93 Morning..

144

Remarks on the “Faerie Queene"... 94 Exhortation to Early Rising.

144

The Knight and the Lady,

95 The Shepherd's Evening..

145

Una followed by the Lion..

97

Description of Prince Arthur.

99 SIR WALTER RALEIGH

146

Belphoebe..

100 The Fall of mighty Empires—The Folly

The Care of Angels over Men.

102

of Ambition-The Power of Death 147

The Seasons

102 His various Prose Works...

148

Criticisms of Mackintosh, Hazlitt, and Poetry

149

Campbell, (notes).

103 A Description of the Country's Recrea-

Prose Works...

103

tions

149

The Irish Bards.

104 Sir Egerton Brydges's Opinion of him

as a Poet, (note)...

149

RICILARD HOOKER

104 The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd · J50

IIis Ecclesiastical Polity

105 A Vision upon the Faerie Queene.. 151

His Letter to the Archbishop..

The Soul's Errand

151

The Necessity and Majesty of Law... 106 His last Letter to his Wife ..... 153

Sudden Death not Desirable... 107

The Excellency of the Psalms........ 108 LADY ELIZABETH CAREY.. ... 154

On Forgiveness of Injuries.

154

ENGLISH MINSTRELSY..

109

Account of the Minstrels..

109 SAMUEL DANIEL

155

Sir Patrick Spens

109

His History of the Civil Wars . 155

Chevy Chase ..

112 Equanimity

156

The Two Corbies.

116 Richard the Second.

157

QUEEN ELIZABETII

117 GILES FLETCHER.

... 158

Verses on her own Feelings...

117 Redemption

158

Historical Account of them, (note)... 117

FRANCIS BACON.

159

TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE 118 Account of his various Works ....... 160

Coverdale's Bible.......

118 Diverse Objects of Men to gain know-

Matthewe's Bible

118

ledge.

Cranmer's, or the Great Bible.

119 Preservation of Knowledge.

161

Taverner's Bible.

119 Pleasure of Knowledge.

162

Geneva Bible...

119

Uses of Knowledge....

162

Bishops' Bible..

119

Studies

163

Douay Bible...

119

End of Knowledge.

164

King James's Bible

119 Immortality of Literary Fame....... 164

Account of the same.

119

Influence of the Bible on the English JOIN DONNE

165

Mind.....

120 The Farewell...

166

Mrs. Ellis's Remarks, (note).

121 Prose

167

The Psalms

167

THOMAS SACKVILLE..

121 Christians to Preach by Example.. 167

From the Ferrex and Porrex.

122 God may be Worshipped anywhere 167

The Mirror of Magistrates.

122 Greatest Cross to have no Cross

168

Allegorical Characters in Hell....... 122 Anger

168

SIR THOMAS OVERBURY

125 MICHAEL DRAYTON

. 169

The Wife

....... 126 Chorus of the Birds...

169

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