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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 CONTINUATION OF

DR. AIKIN'S BRITISH POETS.

BY JOHN FROST, A.M.

PHILADELPHIA:

THOMAS WARDLE, 15 MINOR STREET.

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON

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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, accord'ing 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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CONTENTS.

Page

.

Page

Tales:-

FALCONER.

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

ciety

76

The Shipwreck.

II. The Parting Hour

80

Canto I.

10 III. The Gentleman Farmer

8+

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.

36 X. The Lover's Journey

110

The Mouse's Petition

37

XI. Elwan Shore

113

Characters

Anlnventory of the Furniture in Dr. Priestley's Study 39

XII. Squire Thomas ; or, the Precipitate Choice 117

XIII. Jussy and Colin

120

On a Lady's' Writing

XIV. The Strus les of Conscience

121

On the Deserted Village

XV. Advice; or, the 'Squire and the Priest 129

Hymn to Content

39 XVI. The Confidant

131

The Origin of Song.writing

XVII. Regentment

136

Ode to Spring

41 XVIII. The Wager

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An Address to the Deity

41 XIX. The Convert

113

A Summer Evening's Meditation

XX. The Brothers

116

Tomorrow

43 XXI. The Learned Boy

130

A School Eclogue

43

What do the Futures speak of? In answer to a

Question in the Greek Grammar

CHATTERTON.

The Rights of Woman

Washing-day

To Mr. S. T. Coleridge.' 1797.

45 Bristow Tragedie; or, the Dethe of Syr Charles

45 Bawdin

158

The Unknown God

46 Mynstrelles Songe

161

Ode to Remorso

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

II.

49 Satire of Persius

163

III. For Easter Sunday

49 The Mæviad

173

IV.

50

V.

50

VI. Pious Friendship

50

BURNS.

VII.

VII.

50 The twa Dogg, a Tale

190

IX.

51 Death and Dr. Hornbook. A true Story

192

X. A Pastoral Hymn

51 | The Brizs of Ayr, a Poein. Inscribed io J. B******,

Esq., Ayr

193

The Death and Dying Words of Poor Jailie, 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 TOJ, S****,

196

S lima. An Arabian Eclogue

57 A Dream

193

An Ode in imitation of Alcæus

59 The Vision.

An Ode in imitation of Callistratus

59 Duan First

199

The First Nomean Ode of Pindar

55 Duan Second

201

A Chinese Olle, paraphrased

59 Address to the unco Guid, or the Rigidly Righteous

A Turkish Oue or Mesihi

60 Tam Samson's Elegy

Hymn to Camdeo

61 Halloween

201

Two Hymns to Pracriti.

The auld Farmer's New.year Morning Salutation to

To Durga

his auld Mare Maggie, on giving her accustomed

To Bhavani

63 Ripp of Corn to hansel in ihe New-year

207

Hymn to Indra

66 To a Misuse. On turping her up in her Nest with

the Plough, November, 1785.

2013

A Winter's Night

CRABBE.

Despondency. An Ode

209

Winter. A Virge

210

Sir Eustace Grey

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

The Hall of Justice.

Esq.

Part I.

73 Man was made to mourn. A Dirse

II.

A Prayer in the Prospect of Death

Woman

76 | Slanzas on the same Occasion

213

210

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