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is the leaft fallible test 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, t'ae 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, Bysfhe, Newbery, and their imitators, effect but little in the dry method of technical precept ; and the young Poet, like the Sculptor, will improve moft by working after a model. It is evident that this Collection may be usefully read at ENGLISH SCHOOLS, in the claffes, just as the Latin and Greek authors are read at the grainmar-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 Audent, 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-lide.

In the latter part many little pieces are admitted, mere lufus poetici, chiefly for the diversion of the student. They are, it must be confessed, no more than fiowerets at the bottom of Parnassus; but it is hoped, that their admission will be approved, as they may gradually lead the scholar to afcend higher up the hill, who might have been deterred from approaching it if he had seen nothing in the first prospect, but the sublime, the folemn, and the fombrous.

The reader will have no cause to complain, if, instead of Extracts, he often finds whole poems inserted. 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 manor.

Though the Book is divided into Four Parts, yet the formality of regular and systematical arrangement of the component pieces, has not been strictly observed. Such compilations as these have not unfrequently been called garlands and nosegays : but in a garland or nosegay, who would place the tulips, the lilies, the pinks, and the roses in separate compartments ? In so artificial a disposition, their beauty and fragrance would be less pleasing than if they were carelessly

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mingled with all the ease and wildness of natural variety. I hope the analogy 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."

In every succeeding Edition a great variety of long and valuable Poems have been added, and the volume is consequently much enlarged. If some mistakes have insinuated themselves, in consequence of the Editor's distance from the press, it is hoped they will be considered with candour, as they are certainly but trivial, and may be corrected by the Reader's own fagacity.

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O the above general Preface the Editor has only to add, that in this new In, Prellion he has made very considerable Improvements and Additions ; particularly, by a new and copious Selection from Young's Night Thoughts, with appropriate Titles prefixed to each Extract; by the insertion of Poems and Extracts from Churchill, Soame Jenyns, Langhorne, Akenfide, and several recent Authors of distinguished merit; and by the introduction of many ludicrous and ingenious Pieces of the Lyric and Epigrammatic kind, designed to add to the Amusement of the Young Reader, after the Study of graver, longer, and more finisbed Compositions.

The favourable Reception and long continued Approbation of this Collection cannot brut give Satisfaction to the Editor, who, while he sees it placed, as it is, in the hands of ingenuous Youth, of both Sexes, throughout this extended Empire, has the happiness to reflect that he has been humbly instrumental in sowing, in the vernal feajon, the Seeds of Tafle, Krowledge and Virtue, wherever the English Language is cultivated.

He hopes also that he has contributed to mingle Rofes with the Thorns of Life, and to sweeten the Bitternejs of the Ciup, by infufing into it the Sweets of Poeg,

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NAddre's to the Deity

1 Wishes obtained often make Men miserable

Ogilvie 40

upon all the Parts of the Creation to join with Deity

Boyse 41

tem in extolling their common Maker. Milion | The Day of Judgment: a Seatonian Prize-Poem

Oa the Deity

Mrs. Barbauld

Dr Glynn 49

Hyma on Gratitude

on 2 Hymns

Mrs. Barbauld 52

Hyma on Providence

ib. 2 An Address to the Deity
Hyma, from the beginning of the 19th Plalm. ib. 21 A Summer Evening's Meditation
Asother Hymn

Mrs. Rowe 3 Hymn to Content
! Hinn
ib. 31 To Wisdom

ib.

Hyms, from Psalm 148th

Ogilvie 3 Despondency. An Ode

Burns

Palm 4th

Merrick 4 The Frailty and Folly of Man

Prior

Pálin sth

ib. 4/A Paraphrase on the latter Part of the Sixth

Plalm éth

ib.

5 Chapter of St. Matthew

I homson 57

Plain th

ib. 5 Songs of Praire

Watts

57

ib. 5 The Excellency of the Bible demonstrated ib. 59

Piaim azad

ib. 5) The All-feeing God

Hyan to Cheerfulness-The Author being fick Solemn Thoughts concerning God and Death ib. 59

Dr. Akenpide 6 Heaven and Hell

The sth Psalm translated Christopher Pitt 7 The Advantages of early Religion

Psalm the 24th paraphrased

ib. 71 The Danger of Delay

ib. 60

ib. 8 Examples of early Piety

ib. 60

Psalm 46th paraphrased

ib. 8 Againit Lying

ib. 60

Pfalm çoth paraphrased

ib. 9 Against Quarrelling and Fighting

ib. 60

Psalm 144th paraphrased

ib. 9 Love berween Brothers and Sisters

ib. 61

The 3d Chapter of Job

ib. 10 Against Scorðng and calling Names

ib. 61

The 25th Chapter of Job paraphrased

ib. 11 Against Swearing and Curling, and taking God's

The Song of Moses in the isth Chapter of Exodus Name in vain

ib. 61

ib.

paraphrased

ib. 61

II Against Idieness and Mischief

The 13 och Pfalm paraphrased

ib. 12 Against Evil Company

ib. 61

An Hymn to the Supreme Being. An Imitation Against Pride in Clothes

ib. 62

of the 104th Psalm

Blacklock 13 Obedience to Parents

ib. 62

Anon. 15 The Child's Complaint

ib. 62

ib. 15 A Morning and Evening Song

ib. 62

A Hymn on the Seasons

Thomson 15 For the Lord's Day Morning

ib. 62

Hyma to Humanity

Langborne 10 For the Lord's Day Evening

ib. 63

The Enlargement of the Mind: Epistle I. ro Ge The Sluggard

Deral Craufurd. Epiftle II. To William Innocent Play

Lang horne, M. A.

ib. 17 The Rose

The Universal Prayer

Pope 20 The Thief

M:12h, a Sacred Eclogue

ib. 21|The Ant, or Emmet

ib. 63

The Prize of Virtue

ib. 21 Good Resolutions

ib. 64

An Elegy, written in a Couptry Church-Yard A Summer Evening

Gray 22 A Cradle Hymn

Death

Porteus 23 The Nunc Dimittis

Merrick 65

'The Grave

Blair 25 The Benedicite paraphrased

Happiacís to be found in Virtue alone Pope 31 The Ignorance of Man

ib. 66

On the Eternity of the Supreme Being Smart 'The Trials of Virtue

ib. 67

01 the Immensity of the Supreme Being ib. 33 Christ's Passion : from a Greek Ode of Mr.

Oa the Omniscience of the Supreme Being ib.

34 Masters, formerly of New College

Pitt 67

On the Power of the Supreme Being ib. 36 A Funeral Hymn

Mallet 68

On the Goodness of the Supreme Being ib. 37 Veni Creator Spiritus, paraphrased Dryden 68

Ode to Wisdom

Mifs Carter 38 On True Nobility

Dryden's Juvenal 69

Or Human Life

Ogilvie 39 A Night Piece

Mijs Carier 69

Ducales are the Confequences of Intemperance Ode to Melancholy

ib. 69

Written at Midnight, in a Thunder Storm

ib. 70

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The Vanity of Human Wishes Johnson 7 The Owl and the Farmer

Elegy on the Death of Lady Coventry. Written

The Jugglers

in 1760

Mafon 731 The Council of Horses

119

Elegy to a young Nobleman leaving the University The Hound and the Huntsman

I19
ib. 74 The Poet and the Rose
The Choice of Hercules: from the Greek of The Cur, the Horse, and the Shepherd's Dog
Prodicus

Lowtb 75The Court of Death

The Hermit

Parnell 78 The Gardener and the Hog

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras Fitzgerald So The Man and the Flea
On Cheerfulness

ib, 80 The Hare and many Friends
On Industıy

ib. 81
A Thought upon Death

ib. 81

YOUNG'S NIGHT THOUGHTS.

'The Fire-Side

Cotton 81 Night I. Sleep

122

VISIONS for the Entertainment and Instruction of

Night

I 22

Invocation to Silence and Darkness

Younger Minds, by Dr. COTTON.

Time

Address

82

Man

Vition I. Slander. Inscribed to Miss ****

83

Dreams

123

11. Pleasure

84

Vanity of Lamentation over the Dead

123

III. Health

86

Life and Eternity

123

IV. Content

88

Time and Death

V. Happiness

Oppreßion, Want, and Disease

124

VI. Friendship

Reflections on viewing a Map of the

VII, Marriage. Inscribed to Miss ***

World

VIII. Life

Sympathy

124

IX. Death

The Instability and Insufficiency of Hu-

man Joys

12

FABLES, by the late Mr. GAY.

Man shortsighted

125

The Shepherd and the Philosopher

Presumption of depending on To-morrow 125

The Lion, the Tiger, and the Praveller

Sudden Death

The Spaniel and the Cameleon

103

Man's Proneness to postpone Improvee

The Mother, the Nurse, and the Fairy

ment

125

The Eagle and the Allembly of Animals

103

Man insensible of his own Mortality 125

The Wild Boar and the Ram

104

Night II, Avarice of Time recommended

126

The Miser and Plutus

104

Inconsistency of Man

126

The Lion, the Fox, and the Geere

TOS

Waste of Time

The Lady and the Wasp

105

False Delicacy

I 27

The Bull and the Mattiff

Conscience

127

The Elephant and the Bookseller

Man's Supineness

127

The Peacock, the Turkey, and the Goose

The Depravity of Man

Cupid, Hymen, and Plutus

107

Instability of Life

The Tame Stag

107

Vanity of Human Enjoyments, taught

The Monkey who had seen the World

107

by Experience

The Philosopher and the Pheasants

Death unavoidable

The Pin and the Needle

108

Life compared to the Sun-dial

The Shepherd's Dog and the Wolf

109

Death of the good Man

The Painter who pleased nobody and every body 109

129

The Lion and the Cub

110 Night III. Picture of Narcissa, Description of her

The Old Hen and the Cock

Funeral, and a Reflection upon Man 129

The Rat-Catcher and Cats
110 Night IV. Death not to be dreaded

139

The Goat without a Beard

Death desirable to the Aged

130

The Old Woman and her Cats

Folly of Human Pursuits

131

The Butterfly and Snail

Folly of the Love of Life in the Aged 13!

The Scold and the Parrot

Address to the Deity

131

The Cur and the Mastiff

Fears of Death extinguilhed by Man's

The Sick Man and the Angel

Redemption

The Persian, the Sun, and the Cloud

Greatness of the Redemption

The Fox at the Point of Death

Praise, beftowed on Men, due to Heaven 133

The Setting Dog and the Partridge

Magnificence and Omnipresence of the

The Universal Apparition

Deity

133

The Two Owls and the Sparrow

Inability of sufficieatly praising God 133

The Courtier and Proteus

Man

134

The Mastiffs

Religion

134

The Barley Mow and the Dunghill

116

God's Love to Man

134

Pythagoras and the Countryman

Lukewarm Devotion

134

The Farmer's Wife and the Raven

116

Death, where is thy Sting?

134

The Turkey and the Ant

117

Faith enforced by our Reason

135

The Father and Jupiter

117

False Philosophy

135

The Two Monkeys

The mere Man of the World

135

126

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Xight . Darkness

135

The Triumphs of Death

155

The Futility of Man's Resolutions

Deluge and Confiagration

155

The lower of Example

The Last Day

155

Midnight

Thoughtiestness of the Last Day 155

Little to be expected from Man

Eternity and Time

156

Wisdom

136

The Unreasonableness of Complaint 157

Reflections in a Church-yard

136

Grief and Joy

157

Little Attention paid to the Warnings

Night

157

of Death

137

Regularity of the Heavenly Bodies

157

Life compared to a Stream

17

Miracles

157

Suicide

137

Nature the Foc of Scepticism

157

Tears

Reasons for Belief

133

Inattention to the Voice of Death

The Power of God infinite

158

Little Learning required, to be Good 139 The World sufficient for Man. Contem-

The Caprice and universal Power of

plation of the Heavens

Death

139

Man's Science the Culture of his Heart 159

NightV1. The Death of Narciffa

140

The Greatness of God inexpreslible 159

Reflections on Man and Immortality 140

The Misery of Sin

Genius connected with Ignominy 141

Reason

159

Ezalced Station

141

Man

True Greatness

142

Death

The Torment of Ambition

142

Reflections on Sleep

160

True Riches

142

Address to the Trinity

160

The Vanity of Wealth

142

Conclusion

161

Immortality

143 Solitude

Young 161

Man ignorant of his real Greatness 143 The Day of Judgment

ib. 161

Ditbelief of a Future State

143

Man's Immortality proved by Nature

FABLES for the FEMALE SEX, by Mr. MOORE.

143

Night VII. Discontent

144 The Eagle and the Allembly of Birds

163

Reason and Instinct

144 The Panther, the Horse, and other Beats 164

Human Hope

144 The Nightingale and Glow-worin

165

The Madness of Infidelity
143 Hymen and Death

165

Ambition and Fame

146 The Poet and his Patron

166

Avarice

146 The Wolf, the Sheep, and the Lamb

166

Address to Unbelievers

146 (The Goose and the Swans

167

The Passions

147 The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat

Proofs of Immortality. Man's Happi |The Spider and the Bee

170

dels consists in the Hope of it 147 The Young Lion and the Ape

17.

Misery of Unbelief

147 | The Colt and the Farmer

The Annihilation of Man, incompatible The Owl and the Nightingale

172

with the Goodness of God

149|The Sparrow and the Dove

The Guilty alone wish for Annihilation 149 The Female Seducers

175

No fpiritual Substance annihilated 149 Love and Vanity

18

The World a Syttem of Theology 149| The Young Lady and looking-Glass

Wilkie 183

Virtue the Fruit of Immortality 149 The Boy and the Rainbow

ib. 183

Free Thinking

149 The Rake and the Hernit

Rational and Animal Life

150|The Youth and the Philosopher

Whitebead 185

The Gospel

150 The Bee, the Ant, and the Sparrow Couon 185

The Myitery of a Future State, no As. The Bears and Bees

Merrick 187

gument against it

150 The Cameleon
Hope
150 The Monkies, a Tale

ib. 787

NightVII1, Worldly Pursuits

151 Know Thyself

Arburbrot 188

Human Life compared to the Ocean 151 Lessons of Wisdom

Armstrong 189

The Love of Distinction

151 The Pain arising from virtuous Emotions attended

Pleasure

with Pleasure

Aken side 189

Rise of Pleasure

152 Paraphrase on Plalm lxxiv. 16,17 Mifs Wiliams 199
The End of Pleasure

152 Paraphrale on Isaiah xlix. 15

Virtue and Piety

152 Paraphrase on Matt. vii. 12

Resources of a Dejected Mind 152 Reflections on a Future State, from a Review of

A Man of Pleasure is a Man of Pain 152 Winter

Thom/sx 192

Earthly Happiness

153 On Slavery

Miss H. Felconur 193

Joy

153 A Prayer in the Prospect of Death

Follies of Imagination

153 The Genealogy of Christ, as it is represented on
Plealure consists in Goodness

the East Window of Winchester College Chapel.

Picture of a Good Man

Written at Winton School

The Fall of the Good Man

154 On the Death of Frederic Prince of Wales. Writs

Wit and Wisdom

154 ten at Paris, by David Lord Viscount Stormoni,
False Gaiety ends in Despair

of Christ Church, Oxon

Night IX. Reflections on Death

Emily 197

The World a Grave

1551On the Immortality of the Soul S. Jenyns 199

172

ib. 184

ib. 187

Burns 193

153
154

Lowib 194

155

196

155 Death

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