known, the more celebrated, the better they were adapted to this Collection ; which is not designed, like the lessons of some dancing-masters, for grown gentlemen, but for young learners only; and it will readily occur to every one, that what is old to men and women, may be, and for the most part must be, new to boys and girls receiving their education. Private judgement, in a work like this, must often give way to public. Some things are inserted in this Volume, entirely in submissive deference to public opinion; which, when general and long comr tinued, is the best criterion of merit in the fine arts, and particularly in Poetry. Whatever was found in previous collections, which experience had pronounced proper for schools, has been freely taken and admitted: the stamp of experience gave it currency. The freedom of borrowing, it is hoped, will be pardoned, as the collectors, with whom it has been used, first set the example of it.

It is unnecessary, and perhaps might be deemed impertinent, to point out the mode of using the Collection to the best advantage. It is evident that it may be used in schools either in recitation, transcription, the exercise of the memory, or in imitation. It furnishes an abundance of models, which are the best means of exciting genius. Such Arts of Poetry as those of Gildon, Bysshe, Newbery, and their imitators, effect but little in the dry method of technical precept; and the young Poet, like the Sculptor, will improve most by working after a model. It is evident that this Collection may be usefully read at English Schools, in the classes, just as the Latin and Greek authors are read at the grammar-schools by explaining every thing grammatically, historically, metrically, and critically, and then giving a portion to be learned by memory. The Book, it is hoped, will be particularly agreeable and useful in the private studies of the amiable young student, whose first love is the love of the Muse, and who courts her in his summer's walk, and in the solitude of his winter retreat, or at the social domestic fire-side.

In the latter part many little pieces are admitted, inere lusus poetici, chiefly for the diversion of the student, which almost require an apology. They are, it must be confessed, no more than flowerets at the bottom of Parnassus; but it is hoped, that their admission will be approved, as they may gradually lead the scholar to ascend higher up the hill, who might have been deterred from approaching it, if he had seea nothing in the whole prospect but the sublime, the solemn, and the sombrous.

The reader will have no cause to complain, if instead of Ertracts, he often finds poems inserted entire. This has been done whenever it seemed consistent with the design, and could be done without injustice. In this matter, the opinion of those who must be supposed best qualified to give it, was asked and followed.



The wish was to take nothing but what seemed to lie on the common, relinquished or neglected by the lord of the mauor.

Though the Book is divided into Four Parts, yet the formality of regular and systematical arrangement of the compouent pieces, has not been observed. Such compilations as these have not unfrequently been called garlands and gosegays: but in a garland or nosegay, who would place the tulips, the lilies, the pinks, and the roses in separate compartments? In a disposition so artificial, their beauty and fragrance would be less pleasing than if they were curelessly mingled with all the ease and wildness of natural variety. I hope the analog will hold: if not, I must throw myself in this, as I do in all other circumstances of this Publication, upon my Reader's indulgence. I expect not praise; but I confide in receiving pardon.

Perhaps the Reader will be the more inclined to extend it towards me, if I do

not weary him with apologies. I will then conclude my preface with the ideas

of Montaigne: “I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have •. “brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them.”

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE NEW EDITION. In this Edition, as in the numerous preceding ones, great Improvements have been made. The favorable Ireception of the Book has indeed encouraged the Editor to render it, in every new Impression, still more acceptable. Several Ertracts and Poems are now added for the first time, and a few are excluded.

TUN bring E. School,
July 21, 1809.


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Night II. Life compared to the Sun-dial - lis

- Death of the good Man - - 119

NightLII. Picture of Narcissa, Description of

her Funeral, and a Reflection

upon Man - - - 119

NightTV. Death not to be dreaded - - 120

— Death desirable to the Aged - 120

- Folly of Human Pursuits - - 121

— Folly of the Love of Life in the Aged 121

— Address to the Deity - - 121

Fears of Death extinguished by

Man's Redemption - - 12l

- Greatness of the Redemption - 122

- Praise, bestowed on Men, due to

Heaven - - - 123

–– Magnificence and Omnipresence

of the Deity - - - 193

— Inability of sufficiently praising God 123

Man – Religion - - 124

— God's Love to Man - - 1:24

- Lukewarm Devotion - - - 124

— Death, where is thy Sting - 124

- Faith enforced by our Reason - 125

- False Philosophy - - 125

— The mere Man of the World - 1:25

Night V. Darkness - - - 125

— The Futility of Man's Resolutions 126

The Power of Example—Midnight 126

Little to be expected from Man - 126

- Wisdom - - - 126

— Reflections in a Church-yard - 126.

— Little Attention paid to the Warn-

ings of Death - - 127

— Life compared to a Stream - 127

- Suicide - . - - 127

- Tears - - - - - 128

— Inattention to the voice of Death - 128

— Little Learning required,to be Good 129

The Caprice and universal Power

of Death - - - 129

NightVI.The Death of Narcissa - - 130

— Reflections on Man and Immortality 130

- Genius connected with Ignominy - 131

— Exalted Station - - - 131

— True Greatness - - - 1:32

— The Torment of Ambition - 132

- True Riches - - - 132

— The Vanity of Wealth - - 182

- Immortality - - - 133

- Man ignorant of his real Greatness 133

- Disbelief of a Future State - 133

— ... Man's Immortality proved by Nature 138

NightVII.Discontent - - - 134

— Reason and Instinct - - 134

- Human Hope - "- - 134

— The Madness of Infidelity - 135

— Ambition of Fame — Avarice- - 136

- Address to Unbelievers - - 13G

- The Passions - - - 137

Proofs of Immortality. Man's Hap-

piness consists in the Hope of it - 137

- Misery of Unbelief - - 137

— The Annihilation of Man, incompa-"

tible with the Goodness of God - 139

- The Guilty alone wish for Annihilation 139

No spiritual Substance annihilated 139

— The World a System of Theology 139

- Virtue the Fruit of Immortality - 139

-- Free Thinking - - - 139

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The World sufficient for Man. Con- of Winter - - Thomson. 182

templation of the Heavens - 148 A Prayer on the Prospect of Death Burns 182

-- Man's Science the Cuiture of his The Genealogy of Christ, as it is represented

Heart - - - 149 on the East Window of Winchester College

— The Greatness of God inexpressible 149| Chapel. Written at Winton School Louth 182

-- The Misery of Sin – Reason - 149. On the Death of Frederic Prince of Wales.

- Man — Death - - - 150 Written at Paris, by Darid Lord Viscount

— Reflections on Sleep - - 150|| Stormont, of Christ Church, Oxon - 184

– Address to the Trinity - - 150 || Death - - - Emily 184

- Conclusion - - - 151 ||On the Immortality of the Soul S. Jenyns 187


HETraveller; or, a Prospect of Society. An Essay on Man: in Four Epistles Pope 229

inscribed to the Reverend Mr. H.Gold- Moral Essays: in Four Epistles - ib. 249

smith - - Dr. Goldsmith 194 Epistle to Mr. Addison, occasioned by his

The Deserted village * - - ib. 197 Dialogues on Medals - - ib. 250

Endwin and Angelina. A Ballad ib. 201 Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, being the prologue

Spring, a Pastoral - - Pope 202 to the Satires - - - ib. 250

Summer, a Pastoral - - ib. 203 Satires and Epistles of Horace imitated it. 254

Autumn, a Pastoral - - ib. 204 |Epilogue to à. Satires. In two i)ialogues ob. 265

Winter, a Pastoral - - ib. 20.5 ! Imitations of Horace - ib. 269

Windsor-Forest - - it. 206 |A Panegyric to my Lord Proctector, of the

Two Choruses to the Tragedy of Brutus ib. 209 | present Greatness, and joint Interest, of his

Øde on Solitude - - - ib. 219 Highness and this Nation - !!"atter 272

The Dying Christian to his Soul - ib. 210 Cooper's Hill - - De”han 273

An Posay on Criticism - - ib. 210|On Mr. Abraham Cowley's Death and Burial

The Rape of the Lock - ib. 216 amongst the antient Poots - ib. 276

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate An Essayon Translated Verse Earl of Roscommon 27

Lady - - - . . ib. 228 Absal on and Achitophel - Druder 281

Prologuetá Mr. Addison's Tragedy of Cato it. 224|Palamon and Arcite; or, the Knight's Tale ib. 312

Fpilogue to Rowe's Jane Shore - ih. 224|Religio Laici - - i. 319

The Temple of Fame - - it. 224 Mac Flecknoe - - i. s.3
The Happy Life of a Country Parson it. 299|An Essay upon Satire Dryden and Bockinghorn 924

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