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Volt AIRE, speaking of the English Poets, gives them the preference in moral pieces to those of any other nation; and, indeed, no Poets have better settled the bounds of Duty, or more precisely determined the rules for

Conduct in Life than ours.

In this little Collection the Reader, therefore, may find the most exquisite pleasure, while he is at the same time learning the duties of life; and while he courts only Entertainment, be deceived into Wisdom.

In a word, it is the peculiar property of Poetry to do good by stealth; to hide the thorny path of Instruction by covering it with flowers; and the veriest Infidel in polite Learning must be something more than abandoned, if he will not visit the Temple of

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* Messiah: a Sacred Eclogue...... Pope ......

Edwin and Angelina........... Goldsmith..

The Three Warnings. . . . . . . . . . . Piozzi......

* Hymn to Humanity ............ Langhorne..

Y The Nightingale. .............. Pope ......

v Day: a Pastoral ... . . . . . . . . . . . Cunningham.

Hymn to the Deity............. Thomson....

* Edwin and Emma.............. Mallet......

An Enquiry after Happiness. .... Carter. ....

v Written at Midnight, in a Thunder Storm..Ibid

Y The Evening Walk............. Ibid.......

* Contemplation ..... . . . . . . . . . . Ibid. . . . . . .

YThe Story of Lavinia. .......... Thomson....

w’the Universal Prayer........... Pope ......

* A Father's Advice to his Son..... Cooper.....

The Passions: an Ode.......... Collins. . . . .

'Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College. Gray.

*The Country Bor.............. Lloyd......

*The Friar of Orders Gray ...... Percy......

y A Tale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melmoth . . .

y Invitution to the Feathered Race... Graves.....

* Ode to Truth. ................ Mason. . . . .

Ode to the Morning............ Ibid. ......

* The Fire-side........ - - - - - - - - - Cotton. ....

* Hymn on Solitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomson . . .

* Elegy written in a Country Church-yard... Gray.

* Content: a Pastoral. .......... Cunningham,

v A Prayer for Indifference....... Greville....

The Fairy's Answer . . Margravine of Anspach.

v Content: a Vision. ........----Cotton. ....

* Happiness ...... ....... :::::Pope.......

v Sweetness: an Ode............. Robertson...

v Conjugal Felicity . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomson. . . .

v. Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady Pope

* L'Allegro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milton. . . . .

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Advice to a Lady ............ Lyttleton. ..

A Fairy Tale. . . . . . . . . . . . ..... Parnell.....

Alexander's Feast.............. Dryden ....

The Hermit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beattie. . . . .

* A Pastoral Ballad. ............ Shenstone...

v The Beggar's Petition.......... Moss ......

* Hymn to Benevolence........... Blacklock ..

y The Country Clergyman ........ Goldsmith ..
y Providence: a Hymn........... Addison....
* Gratitude ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibid. ......
Creation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibid. . . . . . .
v. The Wish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merrick....
Sonnet to the Moon. . . . . . . . . . . . . Smith......
On the Departure of a Nightingale Ibid. ......

v Ode to Innocence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oglvie. ....

Virtue and Ornament. .......... Fordyce....

Virtue and Pleasure .......... Ibid. ......

Spring: an Ode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnson....

The Midsummer's Wish. ........ Ibid. ......

Autumn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibid. . . . . . .

Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Winter's Walk.........

* Hymn in the Oratorio of Abel...............

* The Miser and Plutus .......... Gay. ......

To the Memory of Garrick....... Anstie. ....

A Contemplation on Night. ...... Gay. ......

May Eve, or Kate of Aberdeen. ... Cunningham.

To Dreams: a Sonnet .......... Young. ....

Crazy Jane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lewis. . . . . .

To his Friend inclined to Marry.. Pomfret....

The Funeral Procession......... Blair ......

Elegiac Stanzas on the tolling of a Bell... Rivers.

The Tear of Sympathy.......... Anon.......

The Naturalist's Summer Evening's Walk. White.

On the Death of a favourite Child. Moir. .... --

Translation of the 40th Ode of Anacreon Cheetham

Sonnet to the River Tweed....... Bowles. . . . .

Virtue's Reply to Pleasure ...... Spence.....

Hymn to Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbauld...

The Evening Primrose.......... Langhorne..

For the Monument of Rose....... Carlisle.....

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SELECT POEMS.

MESSIAH.

A SACRED ECLOGUE.
BY Pop E.

Ys Nymphs of Solyma! begin the song:
To heavenly themes sublimer strains belong.
The mossy fountains, and the sylvan shades,
The dreams of Pindus and th’Aonian maids,
Delight no more. —O thou my voice inspire,
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallow'd lips with fire!
Rapt into future times, the Bard begun:
A Virgin shall conceive, a Virgin bear a son!
From Jesse's root behold a branch arise,
Whose sacred flow'r with fragrance fills the skies:
Th’ etherial Spirit o'er its leaves shall move,
And on its top descends the mystic dove.
Ye heavens! from high the dewy nectar pour,
And in soft silence shed the kindly show'r?
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade.
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All crimes shall cease, and ancient fraud shall fail;
Returning Justice lift aloft her scale;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white-rob’d Innocence from heaven descend,
Swift fly the years, and rise th' expected morn!
Oh spring to light, auspicious Babe! be born.
See Nature hastes her earliest wreaths to bring,
With all the incense of the breathing spring:
See lofty Lebanon his head advance,
See nodding forests on the mountains dance:
See spicy clouds from lowly Sharon rise,
And Carmel's flow'ry top perfumes the skies!
Hark! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers;
Prepare the way! a God, a God appears!
A God, a God! the vocal hills reply,
The rocks proclaim th' approaching Deity.
Lo, earth receives him from the bending skies!
Sink down, ye mountains! and ye valleys, rise!
With heads declin'd, ye cedars, homage pay;
Be smooth, ye rocks! ye rapid floods give way!
The Saviour comes! by ancient Bards foretold:
Hear him, ye deaf" and all ye blind, behold!
He from thick films shall purge the visual ray,
And on the sightless eye-ball pour the day:
'Tis he th' obstructed paths of sound shall clear,
And bid new music charm the unfolding ear:
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap exulting like the bounding roe.

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