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The Editor of this Collection has not much to say on the present occasion. Truth is seldom verbose: the truest things are most easily expressed in the shortest periods.

- Poetry is an art of which no liberal or cultivated mind can,or ought to be, wholly ignorant. The pleasure which it gives, and indeed the necessity of knowing enough of it to mix in modern conversation, will evince the utility of the following Compilation, which offers, in a small compass, the very flower of English Poetry, and in which care has been taken to select not only such pieces as Innocence may

read without a blush, but such as will even • tend to strengthen that Innocence.

Voltaire,speaking of the English Poets, gives them the preference in moral pieces to those of any other nation; and, indeed, no poets have better settled the bounds of duty, or more precisely determined the rules for conduct in life than ours.

In this little Collection 'the Reader, therefore, may find the most exquisite pleasure, while he' is at the same time learning the duties of life; and while he courts only entertainment, be deceived into wisdom.

• In a word, it is the peculiar property of Poetry to do good by stealth; to hide the thorny path of Instruction by covering it with flowers; and the veriest infidel in polite learning must be something more than abandoned, if he will not visit the Temple of Instruction when Pleasure leads the way to it.

E. T.

Alessiah: a Sacred Eclogue...... Pope .... Page 1

Edwin and Angelina ., ....... Goldsmith .. 5

The Three Warnings............ Piozzi ....

Hymn to Humanity ............ Langhorne..

The Nightingale .............. Pope.

Day: a Pastoral .........

Hymn to the Deity ............ Thomson ..

Edwin and Emma.............. Mallet ....

An Enquiry after Happiness ....Carter ....

Written at Midnight, in a Thunder Storm.. Ibid.

The Evening Walk .... ....... Ibid. ......

Contemplation ................ Ibid. ......

The Story of Lavinia .......... Thomson

The Universal Prayer .......... Pope ......

A Father's Advice to his Son .... Cooper ....

The Passions: an Ode .......... Collins ....

Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College. Gray

The Country Bor ... ........... Lloyd ....

The Friar of Orders Gray ...... Percy ....

A Tale ...................... Melmoth ..

Invitation to the Feathered Race.. Graves

Ode to Truth.................. Mason ...

Ode to the Morning ............ Ibid. .......

The Fire-side......

.... Cotton .... 85

Hymn on Solitude, ............. Thomson .. 89

Elegy written in a Country Church-yard .. Gray 91

Content: « Pastoral............ Cunningham 97

· A Prayer for Indifference ...... Greville.... 99

The Fairy's Answer.... Margravine of Anspach 102

Content: a Vision.............. Cotton .... 105

Happiness.................... Pope...... 112

Sweetness: an Ode ............ Robertson.. 115

Conjugal Felicity.............. Thomson .. 118

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady.Pope 120

L'Allegro ..................... Milton .... 123

Il Penseroso .................. Ibid. ...... 129

The Female Seducers .......... Brooke ....

Adam's Morning Hymn ........ Milton ....

Discourse between Ådam and Eve.. Ibid. ......

Marriage; a l'ision ............ Cotton ....

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Advice to a Lady .............. Lyttleton .. 170

A Fairy Tale................. Parnell.... 175

Alexander's Feast...............

... Dryden.... 184

The Hermit .................. Beattie .... 189

A Pastoral Ballad.............. Shenstone.. 191

The Beggar's Petition .......... Moss...... 200

Hymn to Benevolence .......... Blacklock .. 202

The Country Clergyman ........ Goldsmith .. 204

Providence: a Hymn .......... Addison.... 206

Gratitud

... Ibid. ...... 207

Creation ...............

209

The Wish ..................

210

Sonnet to the Moon ............ Smith...... 212

On the Departure of a Nightingale Ibid. ...... 212

Ode to Innocence.............. Oglvie .... 213

Virtue and Ornament ......... Fordyce .. 215

Virtue and Pleasure............ Ibid....... 216

Spring: an Ode .......... .... Johnson.... 220

The Midsummer's Wish ........ Ibid. .... 292

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Winter .................

226

The Winter's Walk ............ Ibid....... 228

· Ilymn in the Oratorio of Abel ...

229

The Miser and Plutus .......... Gay ...... 230

To the Memory of Garrick ...... Anstie .... 232

A Contemplation on Night ...... Gay ...... 233

Muy Eve, or Kute of Aberdeen.... Canningham 235

To Dreams. a Sonnet .......... Young .....

Crasy Jane .................. Lewis ....

To his Friend inclined to Marry.. Pomfret.... 238

The Funeral Procession ........ Blair ...... 239

Elegiac Stanzas on the tolling of a Bell.. Rivers 240

The Tear of Sympathy .......... Anon. .... 24%

The Naturalist's Summer Evening's Walk. White 243

On the Death of a favourite Child. Moir...... 245

Translation of the 40thOde of Anacreon Cheethain 246

Sonnet to the River Tweed ...... Bowles .... 247

Virtue's Reply to Pleasure ...... Spence .... 248

Hymn to Content .............. Barbauld .. 249

The Evening Primrose. ... ... ... Langhorne., 252

For the Monument of Rose ...... Carlisle, ... 255

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