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OF THE

BRITISH POETS.

VOL. II. PART I.

CONTAINING

SELECTIONS FROM THE POETS

WHO

FLOURISHED IN THE REIGNS

OF

QUEEN ANN, GEORGE I. and GEORGE II.

LONDON: Published by W. SUTTABY, CROSBY and Co. and SCATCHERD and LETTERMAN,

Stationers Court.

1809.

Corrall, Printer, Charing Cross.

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(QUEEN ANN.)

Born in Died in - ALEXANDER POPE. 1688–1744. Page The Rape of the Lock Eloisa to Abelard

. . 22 An Essay on Criticism -. of the Use of Riches . . .. . 51 Elegy to the Memory of an unfortunate Lady Ode on St. Cecilia's Day · · · · · 69 Messiah.-A Sacred Eclogue Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot . ... . . 76

AMBROSE PHILLIPS. 1671–1749. An Epistle to the Earl of Dorset . . . 87

EDWARD YOUNG. 1681-1765. Night 1.-On Life, Death, and Immortality - 89 Night III.-Narcissa - •

• • 101 Love of Fame.-Satire I.

- . 115 On Women.-Satire V. . . . . . 122

(GEORGE I. and GEORGE II.)

JAMES THOMSON. 1700—1748. The Castle of Indolence . . . . . 138 Hymn on Solitude . . . . . . . 157 On the Death of his Mother - . . - 158

BYRON. 1691-1763. Phæbe.-A Pastoral ..

• • 161 DAVID MALLET. 1700-1765. Edwin and Emma . . . . . . - 163 William and Margaret . . . . . . 166

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Page HAWKINS BROWNE. 1706-1760. A Pipe of Tobacco ,

C . 168
Ya ALLAN RAMSAY. (1696-+-176362
Sangs.- Peggy and Patie . . . . . 174

Hid from himself., . . .175
Speak on; speak thus . . . ib.
When-hope was quite sunki ... 176
At setting day and rising morn . • 177

The bonny grey-ey'd morning . ib.
** WILLIAM COLLINS. 1790–1756.
The Passions.-An Ode for Music . .. 178
Ode to Fear - - - - - * * 181
Ode to Evening ;- ' • , • 183
Dirge in Cymbeline - - -

- - 185 WILLIAM SHENSTONE. 1714-1703.**** The School-Mistress. In Initation of Spenser 186

Inscription - - - - - - - - 195 * A Pastoral Ballad . .

The Sky-Lark ..... - - - - 202
Jemmy Dawson. A Ballad .,., ., 203
Song.-Flavia . - - - .. . .. 205

GILBERT COOPER. Died in 1769.
Song-Away! let nought to love • 207
I LORD LYTTELTON. 1709-1773.
Advice to a Lady . .

-" - 208 Monody to the Memory of Lady Lyttelton · 211

TOBIAS SMOLLETT. Ano The Tears of Scotland .. . . ...220

THOMAS GRAY. 1716—1771: ,
Elegy. Written in a Country Church-Yard : 292
Odes.-A distant Prospect of Eton College - 225

To Adversity -
The Bard.-Piodaric
The Progress of Poesy. Pindaric - 234
On the Spring it. 6 .1. 237
On the Death of a lavourite Cat. • 239

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SPECIMENS.

OF THE

BRITISH POETS.

ALEXANDER POPE.

THE RAPE OF THE LOCK.

An Heroi-Comical Poem.

Nolueram, Belinda, tuos violare capillos;
Sed juvat, hoc precibus me tribuisse tuis. Mart.

CANTO I. THAT dire offence from amorous causes springs, " What mighty contests rise from trivial things, I sing-This verse to Caryl, muse! is due: This, ev'n Belinda may vouchsafe to view: Slight is the subject, but not so the praise, If she inspire, and he approve my lays.

Say what strange motive. goddess ! could compel A well-bred lord ta' assault a gentle belle ? O say what stranger cause, yet unexplor'd, Could make a gentle belle reject a lord ? In tasks so bold can little men engage, And in soft bosoms dwells such mighty rage?

Sol through white curtains shot a timorous ray, And op'd those eyes that must eclipse the day. Now lap-dogs give themselves the rouzing shake, And sleepless lovers, just at twelve, awake : Thrice rung the beli, the slipper knock'd the ground, And the press'd watch.return'd a silver sound. Vol. II.

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