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PUBLIC LITRARY 914966

ASTER, LITANO iLNiilseirbois

ADVERTISEMENT.

The object of these volumes is to present, within convenient limits, a chronological series of the Classical Poets of Great Britain, from Ben Jonson to CroLy, (a period of two centuries and a half,) accompanied with Biographical and Critical Notices of their Authors. The first volume includes the Poets from JONSON to BEATTIE; the second, those from FALCONER to Scott; and the third begins with SOUTHEY and ends with CROLY. The compilation was commenced by Dr. AIKIN, whose judgment and taste have influenced the selections.

The plan which was observed throughout, has been to give entire Poems instead of extracts or mutilations; and intrinsic merit so far as it has been understood by the compilers and approved by the public, was made the ground of selection.

The contents of the volumes are so comprehensive, that few poems, it is believed, are omitted, except such as are of secondary merit, or not within the scope of the work.

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Paradise Lost. In Twelve Books.

BEN JONSON.

Book I. ..

To William Camden

III

From Cynthia's Rerels......

IV

From the Silent Woman...

Hags.......

Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke, Sister

to Sir Philip Sidney........

On Lucy Countess of Bedford............

Song to Celia..........................

To the same............................

From the Shepherd's Holiday.....

Love, a little Boy. From the Masque on Paradise Regained. In Four Books.

Lord Haddington's Marriage.. ... ib. Book I. .

Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H.....

........... 117

COWLEY.

............ 120

Samson Agonistes; a Dramatic Poem ..... 126

Christmas Hymn ...

......... 140

The Motto. Tentanda via est, 8c...

Honor ..........

Of Myself .........

WALLER.

The Chronicle. A Ballad.........

Anacrcontics; or some Copies of Verses, trans To Amoret .......

143

lated paraphrastically out of Anacreon. To the Same ................

............ ib.

I. Love........

7 Of Love ............................ ib.

II. Drinking ...

ib. Of the Marriage of the Dwarfs .......... 144

III. Beauty ........

ib. A Panegyric to my Lord Protector, of the

V. Age ........

8Present Greatness, and Joint Interest, of

VII. Gold .....

ib. his Highness and this Nation ......... ib.

VIII. The Epicure...

ib. Of English Verse ........

IX. Another ........

ib. The Story of Phæbus and Daphne applied..
X. The Grasshopper ...

ib. Song ............cccccccc
XI. The Swallow....... ... ib. To Phyllis ..

Elegy upon Anacreon; who was choked by On a Girdle ..

........... 147

a Grape-stone, Spoken by the God of

To Zelinda .......

To a Lady.. ......

Ode, from Catullus. Acme and Septimius

The Complaint...

DRYDEN.

Hymn to Light.

Against Hope...

Annus Mirabilis : the Year of Wonders, 1666 149

For Hope.........

Alexander's Feast: or, the Power of Music.

Claudian's Old Man of Verona...

An Ode in honor of St. Cecilia's Day.... 160

The Wish.........

Palamon and Arcite: or, the Knight's Tale.

From the Davideis....

In Three Books.

Book I. ......correo

162

MILTON.

166

III. .......

. 171

L'Allegro ....

17 The Wife of Bath, her Tale....... . 179

Il Penseroso..

18 The Character of a Good Parson.......

Lycidas....................

19 Theodore and Honoria ........... 184

Comus...........

.. 21Religio Laici. An Epistle ............. 187

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To Sir Godfrey Kneller, principal Painter to

His Majesty ......................... 191

GAY.

The Cock and the Fox; or, the Tale of the

Nun's Priest......................... 192 p

Rural Sports. A Georgic. In Two Cantoes.

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The Flower and the Leaf: or, the Lady in

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the Arbor...

100l Canto 1. ........................... 284

II. ........................... 2 6

Cymon and Iphigenia.......

Trivia: or the Art of walking the Streets of

London. In Three Books.

J. PHILIPS.

Book I. Of the Implements for Walking

the Streets, and Signs of the

The Splendid Shilling.....

208

Weather ................. 287

Cider: a Poem, in two Books.

II. Of Walking the Streets by Day 289

Book I. ..........

209 III. Of Walking the Streets by Night 294

**215 Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan 297

A Ballad, from the What-d'ye-call-it.......

Fable. The Goat without a Beard........

PARNELL.

Fable. The Universal Apparition ........

Fable. The Jugglers..........

A Fairy Tale, in the ancient English Style. 221 Fable. The Hare and many Friends...... ib.

A Night-Piece on Death.......

223 The Shepherd's Week. In Six Pastorals...

The Hermit........

224 Monday; or, the Squabble........

Hesiod : or, the Rise of Woman..

226 Tuesday; or, the Ditty.....

An Allegory on Man........

Wednesday ; or, the Dumps............

The Book-Worm...................

228 Thursday; or, the Spell ............

Friday; or, the Dirge..............

Saturday; or the Flights .......... 308

ROWE.

Fable. The Farmer's Wife and the Raven . 309

Fable. The Turkey and the Ant. ........ ib.

Colin's Complaint. A Song.............. 230

The Contented Shepherd. T. Mrs. A-

D— , afterwards his Wife............ 231

GREEN.

A Song. Ah! Willow. To the same in her

Sickness ::

...... ib.|The Spleen. An Epistle to Mr. Cuthbert

Jackson .....

.......... 310

ADDISON.

On Barclay's Apology for the Quakers ..... 317

The Seeker.........

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The Grotto. Written by Mr. Green, under

A Letter from Italy to the Right Hon. Charles

Lord Halifax, in the year 1701.......... 232

the name of Peter Drake, a fisherman of

Brentford .........................313

The Campaign. A Poem...... ....... 234

To Sir Gödfrey Kneller, on his Picture of the

*|The Sparrow and Diamond. A Song...... 320

King ............................... 237

Paraphrase on Psalm XXIII............. 238

TICKELL.

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