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A worthless Person can claim no Merit from
the Virtues of his Ancestors
The Love of our Country the greatest of
IV. Whitehead 791
In what Philosophy really consists Thomson 721
Scipio restoring the captive Princess to her
The Blessings of Peace-Providence
BOOK IV. SENTIMENTAL, LYRICAL, AND LUDICROUS.
Echo: a Song
VARIOUS DESCRIPTIONS FROM SPENSER.
Adonis's Garden-Affections-Ambition - 730
Another--Beauty-Boar-Bower of Bliss 732
Bower of Proteus
Milton 723 |
Garden of Adonis---Devastation which Time
makes in this Garden--Descriptionof Jupiter,
--Guyon conducted by Mammon through a
Cave under Ground, to see his Treasure--
Description of Despair and her Speech
742 Elegy--Elegy to Pity
Description of the Vision conjured up by
Description of Armida's wonderful Parrot 755
Leonidas's Address to his Countrymen-An-
swer to the Persian Ambassador-Pathetic
Farewell of Leonidas to his Wife and Family 755
Characters of Teribazus and Ariana-Ariana
and Polydorus come by Night into the
Ode to Simplicity
Ode on the Poetical Character
On the Recovery of a Lady of Quality from
the Small Pox
Ode to Pity
Ode to Fear
Ode,written in the Year 1746-Ode to Mercy
-Ode to Liberty
Ode to a Lady, on the Death of Colonel
Charles Ross, in the Action at For
Written in May, 1745
Ode to Evening--Ode to Peace-The Man-
ners, an Ode
The Passions. An Ode to Music
By an error of the press this poem is attributed to Mr. Lisle Bowles instead of Dr. Lisle, seve-
ral of whose poetical pieces are to be found in Dodsley's Collection. Edit. 1758.
Funeral of the Lady of the Manor
Funeral of an antient Maiden
Funeral of Isaac Ashford, a virtuous Pea
An Epistle addressed to Sir Thomas Han-
mer, on his Edition of Shakspeare's Works
Dirge in Cymbeline, sung by Guiderus and
Arviragus over Fidele, supposed to be
Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson
Verses written on a Paper which contained a
Piece of Bride-Cake
To a Mouse, on turning her up in her Nest
with the Plough, in November 1785 Burns 782
To a Mountain Daisy, on turning one down
with the Plough, in April 1786
An Essay upon unnatural Flights in Poetry
On the Invention of Letters
The Answer -- On a Spider
The Extent of Cookery
Hamlet's Soliloquy imitated
To the Memory of George Lewis Langton,
Esq. who died on his Travels to Rome
The Brewer's Coachman
Ode on the Death of Matzel, a favorite Buil-
fach. Addressed to Philip Stanhope, Esq.
(natural Son to the Earl of Chesterfield) to
whom the Author had given the Reversion
of it when he left Dresden
To-morrow-On Lord Cobham's Gardens
To Mr. West, at Wickham, 1740
The Temple of the Muses. To the Countess
To a Lady who sung in too low a Voice 793
To Miss Wilkes, on her Birth-Day, Aug. 16th,
-To a Child five Years Old
To Miss Fortescue
1767. Written in France
To Miss Wilkes, on her Birth-Day, Aug. 16th,
1798. Written in Prison
Shenstone 791 | Mrs. Harris's Petition. 1699
ib. 791 A Description of the Morning. 1709
Jago 791 A Description of a City Shower. In Imitation
of Virgil's Georgics. 1710
On the little House by the Church-yard of
The Fable of Midas. 1711
Horace, Book II. Sat. VI.
A True and Faithful Inventory of the Goods
belonging to Dr. Swift, Vicar of Laracor;
upon lending his House to the Bishop of
Meath, till his Palace was rebuilt
An Elegy on the Death of Demar the Usurer,
who died the 6td of July 1720
Epitaph on a Miser-To Mrs. Houghton of
Bormount, upon praising her Husband to
Dr. Swift-Dr. Delany's Villa
Mary the Cook-Maid's Letter to Dr. Sheri-
Riddles, by Dr. Swift and his Friends, written
in or about the Year 1724-On a Pen
On Gold-On a Corkscrew-On a Circle-
On Ink-On the Five Senses
To Quilca, a Country-House of Dr. Sheridan,
in no very good Repair.
grand Question debated, Whether Hamil-
ton's Bawn should be turned into a Barrack
or a Malt-House.
On the Death of Dr. Swift, occasioned by read-
ing the following Maxim in Rochefoucauit,
"Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis,
"nous trouvons toujours quelque chose qui
"ne nous deplait pas."
A British War Song
The Lotos of Egypt
A poor Woman's Lamentation on her Son be-
ing slain in a Field of Battle
Lines on a Ball given to promote the Silk Ma-
On the late Queen of France
Verses by Dr. Glynn
Hohenlinden, the Scene of an Engagement be-
tween the French and Imperialists, in
which the former
The Vanity of Wealth
on her giving the Author a
Gold and Silk Net-work Purse of her own
To Lyce, an elderly Lady
Epitaph on Sir Thomas Hanmer
Sonnets. Written at Wynslade in Hampshire
Written in a Blank Leaf of Dugdale's Monas-
ticon-Written at Stonehenge-Written
after seeing Wilton-House-To Mr. Gray
Sonnet-On King Arthur's Round Ta-
ble at Winchester-To the River Lodon ib. 905
The Old Cheese
Peter Pindar 906
842 The Pilgrim and the Peas
842 A Country Bumpkin and the Razor-seller ib. 907
842 The Bald-pated Welchman and the Fly
Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene. M.
The Love of the World detected
The Country Parson's Blessings
On hearing of a Gentleman's Pocket
Lines spoken by Mr. Thomas Knox at the au-
nual Visitation at Tunbridge School
Epigrams, Epitaphs, and other little Pieces
VARIOUS POEMS, &c.
Verses supposed to be written by Alexander
Selkirk, during his solitary Abode in the
Island of Juan Fernandez
On observing some Names of little Note re-
corded in the Biographia Britannica
The Nightingale and the Glow-Worm
On a Goldfinch starved to Death in his Cage
The Happy Fireside
The Retrospect of Life
An Invitation to the Country
Invitation to the feathered Race
Address to a Nightingale
Retaliation. A Pocm
Lines from Dr. Barnard, Dean of Derry, to
Dr. Goldsmith and Mr. Cumberland
On Dr. Goldsmith's Characteristical Cookery.
A Jeu d'Esprit
Epitaph on Miss Basnet, in Pancras Church-
SONGS, BALLADS, &c.
The Spanish Lady's Love
The Children in the Wood
The Hunting in Chevy-Chace
Death's Final Conquest
Bryan and Pereene, a West-Indian Ballad,
founded on a real Fact that happened in the
Island of St. Cristopher's
Gentle River, gentle River
Alcanzor and Zaida, a Moorish Tale
King Edward IV, and the Tanner of Tam-
897 Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament
Corydon's doleful Knell
897 Old and young Courtier
897 Loyalty confined
897 To Althea, from Prison
897 The Braes of Yarrow, in Imitation of the an-
tient Scotch Manner
The King and Miller of Mansfield
The Witches' Song
The Fairies' Farewell
POETIC A L.
BOOK THE FIRST.
SACRED AND MORAL.
§1. An Address to the Deity. Thomson.
ATHER of light and life! Thou GooD
O teach me what is good. Teach me THYSELF!
Save me from folly, vanity, and vice,
From every low pursuit! and feed my soul
With knowledge, conscious peace, and virtue
Sacred, substantial, never-fading bliss! [pure;
§ 2. Adam and Eve, in a Morning Hymn, call upon all the Parts of the Creation to join with them in extolling their common Maker.
THESE are Thy glorious works, Parent of good,
Almighty, thine this universal frame,
Thus wondrous fair; thyself howwondrous then!
Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these Heavens
To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these thy lowest works; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and pow'r divine.
Speak ye who best can tell, ye sons of light,
Angels; for ye behold him, and with songs
And coral symphonies, day without night,
Circle his throne rejoicing; ye in Heaven,
On Earth, join all ye creatures to extol
Him first, him last, him midst, and without end.
Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
If better thou belong not to the dawn,
Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling morn
With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere,
While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and soul,
Acknowledge him thy greater, sound his praise
In thy eternal course, both when thou climb'st,
And when high noon hast gain'd,and when thou
Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun, now fly'st
With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that flies,
And ye five other wand'ring fires that move
In mystic dance, not without song, resound
His praise, who out of darkness call'd up light
Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth
Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run
Perpetual circle, multiform; and mix
And nourish all things; let your ceaseless change
Ye Mists and Exhalations that now rise
Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
From hill or streaming lake, dusky or grey,
In honor to the world's great Author rise!
Whether to deck with clouds th' uncolor'd sky,
Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers,
Rising or falling still advance his praise.
Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye Pines,
His praise, yeWinds, that from four quarters blow,
With every plant in sign of worship wave.
Fountains, and ye that warble as ye flow
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Join voices, all ye living Souls; ye Birds,
That singing up to Heaven's gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise.
Ye that in waters glide, and he that walk
The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep;
Witness if I be silent, morn or even,
To hill or valley, fountain, or fresh shade
Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise.
Hail universal Lord! be bounteous still
To give us only good; and if the night
Have gather'd aught of evil, or conceal'd,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark.
$3. On the Deity.
I READ God's awful name emblazon'd high,
With golden letters on th' illumin'd sky;
Nor less the mystic characters I see,
Wrought in each flower, inscrib'd on ev'ry tree;
In ev'ry leaf that trembles to the breeze
I hear the voice of God among the trees.
With thee in shady solitudes walk,
With thee in busy crowded cities talk;
In every creature own thy forming power,
In each event thy providence adore.
Thy hopes shall animate my drooping soul, Thy precepts guide me, and thy fear control: Thus shall I rest, unmov'd by all alarms, Secure within, the temple of thine arms, From anxious cares, from gloomy terrors free, And feel myself omnipotent in thee.
Then when the last, the closing hour draws nigh,
And earth recedes before my swimming eye;
When trembling on the doubtful edge of fate
I stand, and stretch my view to either state;
Teach me to quit this transitory scene
With decent triumph and a look serene;
Teach me to fix my ardent hopes on high,
And, having liv'd to thee, in thee to die.
Thy providence my life sustain'd,
And all my wants redress'd, When in the silent womb I lay,
And hung upon the breast. To all my weak complaints and cries Thy mercy lent an ear, Ere yet my feeble thoughts had learnt To form themselves in pray'r. Unnumber'd comforts to my soul
Thy tender care bestow'd, Before my infant heart conceiv'd
From whom those comforts flow'd. When in the slipp'ry paths of youth With heedless steps I ran, Thine arm unseen convey'd me safe, And led me up to man.
Through hidden dangers, toils, and deaths,
It gently clear'd my way,
And through the pleasing snares of vice,
More to be fear'd than they.
When worn with sickness, oft hast thou
With health renew'd my face,
And when in sins and sorrows sunk,
Reviv'd my soul with grace.
Thy bounteous hand with worldly bliss
Has made my cup run o'er,
And in a kind and faithful friend
Has doubled all my store.
Ten thousand thousand precious gifts
My daily thanks employ,
Nor is the least a cheerful heart,
That tastes those gifts with joy.
Through every period of life
Thy goodness I'll pursue;
And after death in distant worlds
The glorious theme renew.
When nature fails, and day and night
Divide thy works no more,
My ever grateful heart, O Lord,
Thy mexey shall adore.
Through all eternity to Thee
A joyful song I'll raise,
For Oeternity's too short
To utter all thy praise.
$5 Hymn on Providence. Addison: THE Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care: His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye; My noon-day walks he shall attend, And all my inidnight hours defend. When in the sultry glebe I faint, Or on the thirsty mountains pant; To fertile vales, and dewy meads, My weary wand'ring steps he leads ; Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow, Amid the verdant landskip flow.
Tho' in the paths of Death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread,
My stedfast heart shall fear no ill,
For thou, O Lord, art with me still;
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid,
And guide me through the dreadful shade.
Tho' in á bare and rugged way,
Through devious lonely wilds I stray,
Thy bounty shall my pains beguile :
The barren wilderness shall smile,
With sudden greens and herbage crown'd;
And streams shall murmur all around.
$6. Another Hymn, from the beginning of the 19th Psalm. Addison.
THE spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled Heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Th' unwearied sun, from day to day, Does his Creator's pow'r display, And publishes to every land The work of an Almighty hand. Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wond'rous tale, And nightly to the list'ning earth, Repeats the story of her birth: Whilst all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets in their turn,