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SELECT WORKS

OF THE

BRITISH POETS,

IN

A CHRONOLOGICAL SERIES FROM FALCONER

TO SIR WALTER SCOTT.

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL NOTICES.

DESIGNED AS A CONTINUATINOP

DR. AIKIN’S BRITISH POET S.

PIHILADELPHIA:
A. HART, LATE CAREY & HART,

No. 126 CHESTNIT STREET.

1850.

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TO NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 212333 ASTOR, LENOX A D TIL DEN FOU.DATIONS

R 1925

Printed by T. K. & P. G. Collins.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The following work has been executed with a view of completing the original design of Doctor Aikin, whose volume comprised “a chronological series of the classical poets of Great Britain, from Ben Jonson to Beattie, without mutilation or abridgment, with biographical and critical notices of the authors.” The present volume commences with Falconer and ends with Scott.

In the task of selecting, the compiler has kept in view, according to the best of his judgment, what appears to have been the leading principle of his predecessor, namely, to choose the most popular works of the best poets. The notices have been necessarily compiled entirely from British authorities.

It is intended to add one more volume to the series, which will commence with Southey, and include the principal works of all the classical poets of Great Britain, subsequent in chronological order to those comprised in the preceding volumes.

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25 X 340

CONTENTS.

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Tales :-

FALCONER.

I. The Dumb Orators; or, the Benefit of So.

ciety

76

The Shipwrock.

II. The Parting Hour

Canto I.

10

III. The Gentleman Farmer

81

II.

17

IV. Procrastination

88

III.

26

V. The Patron

91

VI. The Frank Courtship

97

VII. The Widow's Tale

101

BARBAULD.

VIII. The Mother

104

IX. Arabella

107

Corsica. Written in the year 1769.

X. The Lover's Journey

110

The Mouse's Petition

XI. Edward Shore

113

Charai ters

XII. 'Squire Thomas ; or, the Precipitate Choice 117

An Inventory of the Furniture in Dr. Priestley's Study 39 XIII. Jessy and Colin

120

On Lady's Writing

39 XIV. The Struggles of Conscience

124

Os the Deserted Village

30 XV. Advice; or, the 'Squire and the Priest 128

Hymn to Content

33 XVI. The Confidant

131

The Origin of Song-writing

40 XVII. Resentment

136

Ode to Spring

41 XVIII. The Wager

110

An Address to the Deity

41 XIX. The Convert

143

A Summer Evening's Meditation

42

XX. The Brothers

146

To-row

43 XXI. The Learned Boy

150

A School Eclogue

43

What do the Futures speak of? In Answer to å

Question in the Greek Grainmar.

CHATTERTON.

The Rights of Woman
Washing day

45 Bristow Tragedie; or, the Dethe of Syr Charles

To Mr. S. T Coleridge. 1797.'

45 Bawdin

158

The Laknown God

46 Mynstrelles Songe

161

Ode to Remorse

46
On the Death of the Princess Charlotte

48

The Wake of the King of Spain

48

GIFFORD.

Hymns :-

I.

48 The Baviad: a paraphrastic Imitation of the first

11.

49 Satire of Persius

163

III. For Easter Sunday

49 The Mæviad

173

IV.

50

50

Vi. Pious Friendship

50

BURNS.

VIL

50

VIIL

50 The twa Dogs, a Tale

190

51 Death and Dr. Hornbwwk. A true Story

192

T. A Pastoral Hymn

51 The Brigs of Ayr, a Poem. Inscribed io J. B******,

Es., Ayr

193

The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie, the Au-

SIR WILLIAM JONES.

thor's only Pet Yowe. An unco mournfu' Tale 195

Poor Mailie's Elegy

196

Caissa ; or, the Game of Chess

51 To J. S.***.

196

Solin. An Arabian Eclogue

57

A Dream,

An Ode io imitation of Alcæus

58 The Vision.

An Ole in imitation of Callistratus

58 Duan First

199

The First Nemean Ode of Pindar

58 Duan Second

201

A Chinese Odle, paraphrased

50 Address to the unco Guid, or the Rigidly Righteous

A Turkish Oje or Mesihi

60 | Tam Samson's Elegy

203

Hymn to Camdeo

61 Halloween

201

Two Hymns to Pracrili.

The auld Farmer's New.year Morning Salutation to

To Durga

63 his auld Mare Maggie, on giving her accustomed

To Bhavani

65 Ripp of Corn to hansel in ihe New-year

207

Hymn to Indra

66 To a Nonse. On turning her up in her Nest with

the Plough, November, 1785.

208

A Winter's Night

208

CRABBE.

Despondency. An Oile

209

Winter. A Dirge

210

Sir Eustace

Grey

70 The Criter's Saturday Night: Inscribed to R. A****,

The Hall of Justice.

Esq.

210

Part I.

73 Man was made 10 mourn. A Dirge

212

74 A Prayer in the Prospect of Death

213

76 Stanzas on the same Occasion

213

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193

Wornan

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