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JOSEPH ADDISON,
510 Picture of the Life of a Woman of Fashion,

598

From the Letter from Italy,

343 Fable,

598

Odellow are thy servants blest, O Lord I)

343 GEORGE FARQUHAR,

898

Ode The spacious firmament on high),

843 Humorous Scene at an Inn,

599

The Battle of Blenheim,

544 From the Recruiting Officer,

600

From the Tragedy of Cato, .

844

JONATHAN Swift,

545

ESSAYISTS.

A Description of the Morning,

548

A Description of a City Shower,

548 SIR RICHARD STEELE-Joseph ADDISON,

602

Baucis and Philemon,

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Agreeable Companions and Flatterers,

606

Verses on his Own Death,

549 Quack Advertisements,

607

The Grand Question Debated,

Story-Telling,

608

ALEXANDER Pope,

353 The Political Upholsterer,

619

The Messiah,

557

The Vision of Mirza,

610

The Toilet,

5.58 Sir Roger De Coverley's Visit to Westminster Abbey,

611

Description of Belinda and the Sylphs,

558 The Works of Creation,

612

Prom the Epistle of Eloisa to Abelard,

559 EUSTACE BUDGELL,

614

Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady,

560 The Art of Growing Rich,

614

Happiness Depends not on Goods, but on Virtue, 561

John IIUGHES,

615

From the Prologue to the Satires, addressed to Arbuth- Ambition,

615

not,

563

The Man of Ross,

564

The Dying Christian to his soul,

565

MISCELLANEOUS WRITERS.

Thomas TICKELL,

566

Colin and Lucy-a Ballad,

666 DANIEL Defoe,

617

SIR SAMUEL GARTX,

567 A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs Veal, the

Bia RICHARD BLACKMORE, •

568 next day after her Death, to one Mrs Bargrave, at

AMBROSE PHilips,

569 Canterbury, the eight of September, 1705, which ap-

Epistle to the Earl of Dorset,

669 parition recommends the perusal of Drelincourt's Book

The First Pastoral,

869 of Consolations against the fears of Death,

618

JOHN GAY,

570 The Great Plague in London,

621

The Country Ballad Singer,

572 The Troubles of a Young Thief,

622

Walking the Streets of London,

573 Advice to a Youth of Rambling Disposition,

623

Song - Sweet woman is like the fair power in its BERNARD MANDEVILLE,

624

lustre),

573 Flattery of the Great,

624

The Poet and the Rose,

573 Society Compared to a Bowl of Punch,

624

The Court of Death,

574 Pomp and Superfluity,

625

The Hare and Many Friends,

574 ANDREW FLETCHER OF SALTOUN,

025

The Lion, the Tiger, and the Traveller,

574 JONATHAN Swift,

626

Sweet William's Farewell to Black Eyed Susan,

575 Inconveniences from a Proposed Abolition of Chris-

A Ballad,

575 tianity,

627

Thomas PARNELL,

576 Arguments for the Abolition of Christianity Treated,

627

The Hermit,

676 Ludicrous Image of Fanaticism,

MATTHEW GREEN,

578

A Meditation upon a Broomstick, according to the

Cures for Melancholy,

578 style and manner of the Hon. Robert Boyle's Medi.

Contentment- A Wish,

579 tations,

628

ANNE, COUNTESS OF WINCHELSEA,

580

Adventures of Gulliver in Brobdingnag,

029

A Nocturnal Reverie,

580

Satire on Pretended Philosophers and Projectors, 631

Life's Progress,

580 Thoughts on Various Subjects,

634

WILLIAM SON PRVILLE,

380

Overstrained Politeness, or Vulgar Ilospitality,

ALLAN RANSAY,

581 ALEXANDER Pore,

635

Ode from llorace,

684 On Sickness and Death,

635

Song- At setting day and rising morn),

585 Pope to Swift-On his Retirement,

636

The Last Time I came o'er the Moor,

585 Pope in Oxford,

6336

Lochaber no More,

585 Pope to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu on the Conti-

Rustic Courtship,

586

nent,

637

Dialogue on Marriage,

586 Death of Two Lovers by Lightning,

Description of an Ancient English Country Seat,

638

Pope to Gay-On his Recovery,

619

DRAMATISTS.

Sketch of Autumn Scenery,

6:19

THOMAS SOUTHERNE,

688 Pope to Bishop Atterbury, in the Tower,

640

Return of Biron,

588 Party Zeal,

640

NICHOLAS Rowe,

590 Acknowledgment of Error,

040

Penitence and Death of Jane Shore,

590

Disputation,

640

Calista's Passion for Lothario,

691 Censorious People,

640

WILLIAM LILLO,

591 Growing Virtuous in Old Age,

640

Fatal Curiosity,

592 Lying,

610

WILLIAM CONGREVE,

693 Hostile Critics,

640

Gay Young Men upon Town,

594 Sectarian Differences,

640

A Swaggering Bully and Boaster,

5941 How to be Reputed a Wise Man,

640

Scandal and Literature in High Life,

695 Avarice,

640

From Love for Love,

596 Minister Acquiring and Losing Office,

641

SIR Joux VANBRUGH,

697 Receipt to make an Epic Poem,

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Page DR JOHN ARBUTHNOT, 642 Prejudices and Opinions,

653 The History of John Bull, 642 From Maxims Concerning Patriotism,

659 Usefulness of Mathematical Learning,

646 LORD BOLINGBROKE, •

646

HISTORICAL, CRITICAL, AND THEOLOGICAL National Partiality and Prejudice,

647

WRITERS. Absurdity of Useless Learning,

648 Unreasonableness of Complaints of the Shortness of LAWRENCE ECHARD,

689 Human Life, 648 JOHN STRYPE,

659 Pleasures of a Patriot, 649 PORTER AND KENNETT,

600 Wise, Distinguished from Cunning Ministers, 650 RICHARD BENTLEY,

660 LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU, 650 Authority of Reason in Religious Matters,

G60 To E. W. Montagu, Esq.-In prospect of Marriage, 651 DR FRANCIS ATTERBURY,

661 To the Same-On Matrimonial Happiness, 651 Usefulness of Church Music,

661 To Mr Pope-Eastern Manners and Language, 651 DR SAMUEL CLARKE,

60 To Mrs 8. C.-Inoculation for the Small-pox,

652 Natural and Essential Difference of Right and Wrong, 664 To Lady Rich-France in 1718, 653 DR WILLIAM LOWTH,

663 To the Countess of Bute-Consoling her in Affliction, 653 DR BENJAMIN HOADLY,

665 To the Same-On Female Education, 653 The Kingdom of Christ not of this World,

663 Ironical View of Protestant Infallibility,

666 CHARLES LESLIE,

667 METAPHYSICIANS. WILLIAM WHISTON,

668

Anecdote of the Discovery of the Newtonian PhiloEARL OF SHAFTESBURY, 634 sophy,

608 Platonic Representation of the Scale of Beauty and DR PHILIP DODDRIDGE,

668 Love,

655 The Dangerous Illness of a Daughter, Bishor BERKELEY,

656 Happy Devotional Feelings of Doddridge, Verses on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in Vindication of Religious Opinions,

671 America,

657 DR WILLIAM NICOLSON - DR MATTHEW TINDAL-DR Industry,

658
HUMPHREY PRIDEAUX,

673

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CYCLOPÆDIA OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.

First Period.

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO 1400.

age presents us with historical chronicles, theologi. ANGLO-SAXON WRITERS.

cal treatises, religious, political, and narrative poetry,

in great abundance, written both in Latin and in the HE ENGLISH native tongue.* LANGUAGE is The earliest name in the list of Anglo-Saxon essentially a writers is that of Gildas, generally described as a branch of the missionary of British parentage, living in the first Teutonic, the half of the sixth century, and the author of a Latin language spo- tract on early British history. Owing to the obken by the scurity of this portion of our annals, it has been the inhabitants of somewhat extraordinary fate of Gildas to be reprecentral Eu- sented, first as flourishing at two periods more than a rope immedi-century distant from each other; then as two differately before ent men of the same name, living at different times ; the dawn of and finally as no man at all

, for his very existence history, and is now doubted. Nennius is another name of this which constitutes the foun- age, which, after being long connected with a small dation of the modern Ger- historical work, written, like that of Gildas, in Latin, man, Danish, and Dutch. has latterly been pronounced supposititious. The Introduced by the Anglo- first unquestionably real author of distinction is Saxons in the fifth century, ST COLUMBANUS, à native of Ireland, and a man it gradually spread, with the of vigorous ability, who contributed greatly to people who spoke it, over the advancement of Christianity in various parts of

nearly the whole of England; Western Europe, and died in 615. He wrote reli

the Celtic, which had been gious treatises and Latin poetry. As yet, no eduthe language of the aboriginal people, shrinking cated writer composed in his vernacular tongue: it before it into Wales, Cornwall

, and other remote was generally despised by the literary class, as was parts of the island, as the Indian tongues are now the case at some later periods of our history, and retiring before the advance of the British settlers Latin was held to be the only language fit for reguin North America.*

lar composition. From its first establishment, the Anglo-Saxon The first Anglo-Saxon writer of note, who comtongue experienced little change for five centuries, posed in his own language, and of whom there are the chief accessions which it received being Latin any remains, is CÆDMON, a monk of Whitby, who terms introduced by Christian missionaries. Dur- died about 680. Cædmon was a genius of the class ing this period, literature flourished to a much headed by Burns, a poet of nature's making, sprung greater extent than might be expected, when we from the bosom of the common people, and little consider the generally rude condition of the people. indebted to education. It appears that he at one It was chiefly cultivated by individuals of the reli- time acted in the capacity of a cow-herd. The cirgious orders, a few of whom can easily be discerned, cumstances under which his talents were first dethrough their obscure biography, to have been men veloped, are narrated by Bede with a strong cast of of no mean genius. During the eighth century, the marvellous, under which it is possible, however, books were multiplied immensely by the labours of to trace a basis of natural truth. We are told that these men, and through their efforts learning de- he was so much less instructed than most of his scended into the upper classes of lay society. This equals, that he had not even learnt any poetry; 80 • It is now believed that the British language was not so hide his shame, when the harp was moved towards

that he was frequently obliged to retire, in order to immediately or entirely extinguished by the Saxons as was him in the hall, where at supper it was customary generally stated by our historians down to the last age. But certainly it is true in the main, that the Saxon succeeded the for each person to sing in turn. On one of these British language in all parts of England, except Wales, Corn- * Biographia Britannica Literaria : Anglo-Saxon Period. By wall, and some other districts of less note.

Thomas Wright, M.A.

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occasions, it happened to be Cædmon's turn to keep Then spake he words :
guard at the stable during the night, and, overcome * This narrow place is most unlike
with vexation, he quitted the table and retired to that other that we formerly knew,
his post of duty, where, laying himself down, he fell high in heaven's kingdom,
into a sound slumber. In the midst of his sleep, a which my master bestowed on me,
stranger appeared to him, and, saluting him by his though we it, for the All-powerful,
name, said, “Cædmon, sing me something." Cæd-

may not possess.
mon answered, “I know nothing to sing; for my We must cede our realm ;
incapacity in this respect was the cause of my leav- yet hath he not done rightly,
ing the hall to come hither." Nay,” said the that he hath struck us down
stranger, “but thou hast something to sing.” “What to the fiery abyss
must I sing?” said Cædmon. “Sing the Creation,”

of the hot hell, was the reply, and thereupon Cædmon began to sing

bereft us of heaven's kingdom, verses " which he had never heard before," and

hath decreed which are said to have been as follows:

to people it

with mankind. Nu we sceolan herian* Now we shall praise

That is to me of sorrows the greatest, heofon-ríces weard, the guardian of heaven,

that Adam, metodes mihte, the might of the creator,

who was wrought of earth, and his mod-ge-thonc, and his counsel, wera wuldor fæder ! the glory-father of men !

my strong seat; swa he wundra ge-hwæs, how he of all wonders,

that it shall be to him in delight, ece dryhten, the eternal lord,

and we endure this torment, oord onstealde. formed the beginning.

misery in this hell. He ærest ge-scéop He first created

Oh ! had I the power of my hands ylda bearnum for the children of men

then with this host I heofon to hrófe, heaven as a roof,

But around me lie halig scyppend ! the holy creator !

iron bonds; tha middan-geard then the world mon-cynnes weard, the guardian of mankind,

presseth this cord of chain ;

I am powerless ! ece dryhten, the eternal lord,

me have so hard æfier teode,

produced afterwards, firum foldan, the earth for men,

the clasps of hell

so firmly grasped ! frea ælmuihtig! the almighty master !

Here is a vast fire Cædmon then awoke ; and he was not only able to

above and underneath ;

never did I see repeat the lines which he had made in his sleep, but he continued them in a strain of admirable versifica

a loathlier landskip;

the flame abateth not, tion. In the morning, he hastened to the townreeve, or bailiff, of Whitby, who carried him before hot over hell. the Abbess Hilda ; and there, in the presence of

Me hath the clasping of these rings, some of the learned men of the place, he told his

this hard polished band, story, and they were all of opinion that he had re

impeded in my course,

debarred me from my way. ceived the gift of song from heaven. They then expounded to him in his mother tongue a portion

My feet are bound, of Scripture, which he was required to repeat in

my hands manacled ;

of these hell doors are Cædmon went home with his task, and the

the ways obstructed ; next morning he produced a poem which excelled

so that with aught I cannot in beauty all that they were accustomed to hear.

from these limb-bonds escape. He afterwards yielded to the earnest solicitations of

About me lie the Abbess Hilda, and became a monk of her house;

huge gratings and she ordered him to transfer into verse the whole

of hard iron, of the sacred history. We are told that he was con

forged with heat, tinually occupied in repeating to himself what he

with which me God heard, and, “like a clean animal, ruminating it, he

hath fastened by the neck. turned it into most sweet verse."' + Cædmon thus

Thus perceive I that he knoweth my mind, composed many poems on the Bible histories, and

and that he knew also, on miscellaneous religious subjects, and some of

the Lord of hosts, these have been preserved. His account of the Fall

that should us through Adam of Man is somewhat like that given in Paradise Lost,

evil befall, and one passage in it might almost be supposed to

about the realm of heaven, have been the foundation of a corresponding one in

where I had power of my hands.'* Milton's sublime epic. It is that in which Satan is described as reviving from the consternation of his The specimen of Cædmon above given in the overthrow. A modern translation into English fol- original language may serve as a general one of

Anglo-Saxon poetry. It will be observed that it is

neither in measured feet, like Latin verse, nor [Satan's Speech.)

rhymed, but that the sole peculiarity which distinBailed within him

guishes it from prose is what Mr Wright calls a very his thought about his heart;

regular alliteration, so arranged, that in every couplet Hot was without him

there should be two principal words in the line behis dire punishment.

ginning with the same letter, which letter must also

be the initial of the first word on which the stress * In our specimens of the Anglo-Saxo modern letters are of the voice falls in the second line. substituted for those peculiar characters employed in that lan

A few names of inferior note--Aldhelm, abbot of guage to express th, dh, and w. Wright.

* Thorpe's edition of Cædmon, 1832.

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Malmsbury, Ceolfrid, abbot of Wearmouth, and Felix fram eallum synnum with-innan, dheah dhe hit withof Croyland—bring down the list of Anglo-Saxon from all sins inwardly, though he outwriters to BEDE, usually called the Venerable Bede, utan his hiw ne awende. Fac swylce tha halige who may be allowed to stand at the head of the class. wardly his shape not change. Eren the holy He seems to have spent a modest studious life, unche- fant wæter, dhe is ge-haten lifes wyl-spring, is ge-lic quered by incident of any kind, at the monastery of font water, which is called life's fountain, is like

Wearmouth, where on hiwe odhrum wæterum, & is under dheod bros-
he died in 735. in shape (to) other waters, and is subject to
His works, consist nunge ; ac

dhæs halgan gastes

mint ing of Scriptural ruption; but the Holy Ghosts might translations and ge-nealæcth tham brosnigendlicum wætere, dhurh commentaries, reli

(to) the corruptible water through gious treatises, bio- sacerda bletsunge, & hit mæg sythan graphies, and an (the) priests' blessing, and it may afterwards ecclesiastical his- lichaman & sawle athwean fram eallum synnum, tory of the Anglo- body and soul wash from all sin, Saxons, which is dhurh gastlice mihte. the only one useful through ghostly might. in the present age, were forty-four in Cynewulf, bishop of Winchester, Wulfstan, archnumber; and it is bishop of York, and some others, bring down the list related that he dic- of Anglo-Saxon authors to the Conquest, giving to tated to his amanu- this portion of our literature a duration of nearly five ensis, and com- hundred years, or about the space between Chaucer

pleted a book, on and our own day. During this time, there were many Chair of Bede.

the very day of his seats of learning in England, many writers, and many death. Almost all the writings of these men were in books; although, in the main, these have now become Latin, which renders it less necessary to speak parti- matter of curiosity to the antiquary only. The literacularly of them in this place. Our subsequent lite- ture may be said to have had a kind of protracted rary history is formed of comparatively obscure existence till the breaking up of the language in the names, until it presents to us the enlightened and latter part of the twelfth century; but it was graced amiable King ALFRED (848-901)* in whom learning by no names of distinction. We are here called upon and authorship graced the royal state, without in- to advert to the historical production usually called terfering with its proper duties. He translated the the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which consists of a view historical works of Orosius and Bede, and some reli- of early English history, written, it is believed, by a gious and nioral treatises, perhaps also Æsop's Fables series of authors, commencing soon after the time of and the Psalms of David, into the Anglo-Saxon tongue, Alfred, and continued till the reign of Henry II. designing thereby to extend their utility among his Altogether, considering the general state of Western people. No original compositions certainly his have Europe in the middle ages, the literature of our been preserved, excepting the reflections of his own, Anglo-Saxon forefathers may be regarded as a which he takes leave here and there to introduce creditable feature of our national history, and as into his translations. The character of this monarch, something of which we miglit justly be proud, if we embracing so much gentleness, along with manly did not allow ourselves to remain in such ignorance vigour and dignity, and displaying pure tastes, cal- of it. culated to be beneficial to others as well as himself, seems as if it would have graced the most civilised

INTRODUCTION OF NORMAN FRENCH. age nearly as much as it did one of the rudest. The Conquest, by which a Norman government and

After Alfred, the next important name is that of nobility were imposed upon Saxon England, led to a ALFRIC, archbishop of Canterbury, who died in 1006. great change in the language. Norman French, one This learned prelate was a voluminous writer, and, of the modifications of Latin which arose in the like Alfred, entertained a strong wish to enlighten the middle ages, was now the language of education, of people ; he wrote much in his native tongue, particu- the law courts, and of the upper classes generally, larly a collection of homilies, a translation of the first while Saxon shared the degradation which the seven books of the Bible, and some religious treatises. people at large experienced under their conquerors, He was also the author of a grammar of the Latin Though depressed, yet, as the speech of the great tongue, which has given him the sub-name of the body of the people, it could not be extinguished. Grammarian.' Alfric himself declares that he wrote Having numbers on its side, it maintained its ground in Anglo-Saxon, and in that avoided the use of all as the substance of the popular language, the Norman obscure words, in order that he might be understood infusing only about one word for every three of the by unlettered people. As he was really successful in more vulgar tongue. But it was destined, in the writing simply, we select a specimen of Anglo-Saxon course of the twelfth century, to undergo great prose from his Paschal homily, adding an interlinear grammatical changes. Its sounds were greatly translation :

altered, syllables were cut short in the pronunciation, Hæthen cild bith ge-fullod, ac hit ne brat na and the terminations and inflections of words

were (4) heathen child is christened, yet he altereth not softened down until they were entirely lost, Dr his hiw with-utan, dheah dhe 'hit beo with-innan Johnson expresses his opinion, that the Norinans his shape without, though he be within

affected the Anglo-Saxon more in this manner than awend. Hit bith ge-broht synfull dhurh Adames by the introduction of new words. So great was changed. He is brought sinful through Adam's the change, that the original Anglo-Saxon must forgægednysse to tham fant fate. Ac hit bith athwogen have become, in the first half of the thirteenth disobedience to the font-vessel. But he is washed

century, more difficult to be understood than the

diction of Chaucer is to us. The language which * Where double dates are thus given, it will be understood resulted was the commencement of the present Eng. that the first is the year of the birth, and the second the year lish. Its origin will afterwards be traced more of the death, of the individual mentioned.

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