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PAGE London. In Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal.

1 The Vanity of Human Wishes. In Imitation of the Tenth Satire of Juvenal .

ģ ODES. Friendship

16 The Vanity of Wealth

17 Spring

17 Summer

19 Autumn

19 Winter

21 The Winter's Walk

22 Evening Ode. To Stella

23 MISCELLANIES. The Natural Beauty. To Stella

23 Stella in Mourning .

24 To Miss Hickman, playing on the Spinet

25 To Miss her playing upon the Harpsichord in a Room hung with Flower-pieces of her own Painting

25 To Miss on her giving the Author a Gold and Silk NetWork Purse of her Own Weaving .

26 To a Young Lady, on her Birthday .

27 Song—"Not the soft sighs of vernal gales”

27 On seeing a Bust of Mrs. Montague

28 To Lady Firebrace, at Bury Assizes

28 Verses written at the Request of a Gentleman to whom a Lady had given a Sprig of Myrtle

28 The Young Author.

29 To Myrtilis. The New Year's Offering

30 On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet

31 On the Death of Stephen Grey, F.R.S. The Electrician

32 PROLOGUES, ETC. To Irene.

33 Written for Garrick, and Spoken by him at the Opening of the Theatre Royal, Drury-lane, 1747 .

34 Spoken by Garrick, April 5, 1750, before the Masque of

Comus, acted at Drury-lane Theatre, for the Benefit of
Milton's Granddaughter .


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Prologue to Goldsmith's Comedy of “The Good-Natured Man,"

spoken by Mr. Brinsley at the First Performance at
Covent-Garden Theatre, January 22, 1768 .

37 Prologue to the Comedy of "A Word to the Wise"

38 Epilogue, intended to have been spoken by a Lady who was to personate the Ghost of Hermione

Lines written in Ridicule of certain Poems published in 1777 . 40
Parody of a Translation from the “Medea” of Euripides 40
Translation of two stanzas of the Song, “Rio Verde, Rio Verde,"

printed in Percy's “Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.”
An Impromptu

41 Burlesque of the Modern Versifications of Ancient Legendary Tales.—An Impromptu .

41 Imitation of the Style of ****

41 Burlesque of Lines of Lopez de Vega. An Impromptu 42 Translation of Lines at the end of Baretti's “Easy Phraseology." An Impromptu

42 Improviso Translation of “The Distich of the Duke of Mo

dena's running away from the Comet in 1742 or 1743. 42 Improviso Translation of Lines of Mons. Benserade “à son Lit 43 Translation of Lines written under a Print representing Persons Skating.

43 Impromptu Translation of the same

43 To à Lady who spoke in Defence of Liberty

43 Ad Lauram Parituram Epigramma .

44 Epizram on George II., and Colley Cibber, the Poet Laureate 44 To Mrs. Thrale, on her completing her Thirty-fifth Year. An Impromptu

44 Impromptu on hearing Miss Thrale consulting with a Friend about a Gown and Hat she was inclined to wear

45 Impromptu Translation of an Air in the “Clemenza de Tito"

of Metastasio, beginning—“Deh se piacermi vuoi” 45 On Lyce, ån Elderly Lady

45 One-and-Twenty

46 EPITAPHS. On Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart.

47 On Claude Phillips, an Itinerant Musician in Wales

48 For Hogarth

48 TRANSLATIONS. Part of the Dialogue between Hector and Andromache, from the Sixth Book of Homer's “Iliad”

49 Horace. Book I. Ode 22

50 Horace. Book II. Ode 9

50 Horace. Book IV. Ode 7



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SAMUEL JOHNSON was the son of Michael Johnson, a bookseller at Lichfield, and was born there on the seventh of September, 1709. He was the eldest of two sons; his brother Nathaniel succeeded his father in his business, and died in his twenty-fifth year, in 1737. Johnson inherited from his father that morbid melancholy which occasionally depressed him, and which his mighty mind could not always overcome. As a child he was afflicted with the king's evil; and his parents, who were stanch jacobites, presented him to Queen Anne for the royal touch; but, notwithstanding this potent remedy, an operation became necessary, the scars of which disfigured the lower part of his face; by this disease, his hearing and the sight of his left eye were impaired.

He received the rudiments of education at the free grammar school of his native town, and made rapid progress in his classical studies. Mr. Hunter, the master of the school, though an excellent teacher, was a strict disciplinarian, and Johnson smarted under his lash; but confessed in after life that it was not without reason. Restraint sat uneasy upon him, he could not conquer his aversion to stated tasks, but when he chose to apply himself he could do more than other boys in mezarda shorter time; and his ambition, which prompted him w be the captain of the school, overcame his constitutional indolence.

He rarely

mingled in the common sports of the boys, but amused himself with sauntering in the fields, and at times talking aloud to himself.

When he was fifteen years old, he spent some months in a visit to his cousin, the eccentric Cornelius Ford, from whose advice and assistance he profited in the prosecution of his studies. On his return to Lichfield, the master of the school refused to receive him again on the foundation, and he was therefore placed in a school at Stourbridge, in Worcestershire, where he remained above a year, and then returned home.

Even in his youth, Johnson was a true helluo librorum ; his reading was multifarious and without system, but yet, very extraordinary for a boy; "I read” (says he) “ all literature, all ancient writers ;" and Dr. Percy has recorded his passion for romances at this time. When on a visit at his parsonage he chose for his regular reading the ponderous folio romance of Felixmarte d'Hercania, in Spanish, which he read quite through. He retained his partiality for this species of fiction in advanced years, and sometimes attributed to its influence that unsettled turn of mind which prevented his ever fixing in any profession.

He passed two years at home in this excursive kind of desultory reading, and made translations in verse from Homer, Virgil, and Horace. None of them

are very remarkable for their excellence, even though the age at which they were performed be considered. In 1728, when he was about nineteen, he went to Oxford, and was entered commoner of Pembroke College. His father's circumstances would not have allowed him to think of a college education, had he not been selected by Mr. Corbet, a Shropshire gentleman, to accompany his son (who had been Johnson's school.

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