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is the leaft fallible teft of merit in the fine arts, and particularly in Poetry. Whatever was found in previous collections, which experience had pronounced proper for fchools, 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, firft fet the example of it.
It is unneceffary, and perhaps might be deemed impertinent, to point out the mode of ufing the Collection to the beft advantage. It is evident that it may be used in schools, either in recitation, tranfcription, the exercife 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 thofe 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, juft as the Latin and Greek authors are read at the grammar-schools, by explaining every thing grammatically, hiftorically, 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 ftudies of the amiable young ftudent, whose first love is the love of the Mufe, and who courts her in his fummer's walk, and in the folitude of his winter retreat, or at the social domeftic fire-fide.
In the latter part many little pieces are admitted, mere lufus poetici, chiefly for the diverfion of the ftudent. They are, it must be confeffed, no more than flowerets at the bottom of Parnaffus; but it is hoped, that their admission will be approved, as they may gradually lead the scholar to ascend higher up the hill, who might have been deterred from approaching it if he had seen nothing in the first prospect, but the fublime, the folemn, and the fombrous.
The reader will have no caufe to complain, if, instead of Extracts, he often finds whole poems inferted. This has been done whenever it seemed consistent with the defign, and could be done without injuftice. 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 feemed 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 fyftematical arrangement of the component pieces, has not been strictly obferved. Such compilations as these have not unfrequently been called garlands and nofegays: but in a garland or nofegay, who would place the tulips, the lilies, the pinks, and the roses in feparate compartments? In fo artificial a difpofition, their beauty and fragrance would be less pleafing than if they were carelessly A 4
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 nofegay of culled flowers, and have brought "nothing of my own but the thread that ties them."
In every fucceeding Edition a great variety of long and valuable Poems have been added, and the volume is confequently much enlarged.—If fome mistakes have infinuated themselves, in confequence of the Editor's distance from the prefs, it is hoped they will be confidered with candour, as they are certainly but trivial, and may be corrected by the Reader's own fagacity.
To the above general Preface the Editor has only to add, that in this new ImPression he has made very confiderable Improvements and Additions; particularly, by a new and copious Selection from Young's Night Thoughts, with appropriate Titles prefixed to each Extract; by the infertion of Poems and Extracts from Churchill, Soame Fenyns, Langhorne, Akenfide, and several recent Authors of diftinguished merit; and by the introduction of many ludicrous and ingenious Pieces of the Lyric and Epigrammatic kind, defigned to add to the Amusement of the Young Reader, after the Study of graver, longer, and more finished Compofitions.
The favourable Reception and long continued Approbation of this Collection cannot but give Satisfaction to the Editor, who, while he fees 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 inftrumental in foring, in the vernal feajon, the Seeds of Tafle, Knowledge 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 fweeten the Bitterness of the Cup, by infusing into it the Sweets of Poey.
Hymn to Cheerfulness-The Author being fick
1 Wishes obtained often make Men miferable
The 3d Chapter of Job
The Song of Mofes in the 15th Chapter of Exodus
Aa Hymn to the Supreme Being. An Imitation
Happiacfs to be found in Virtue alone
On the Eternity of the Supreme Being
On the Immensity of the Supreme Being
On the Omniscience of the Supreme Being
On the Power of the Supreme Being
On the Goodness of the Supreme Being
The Day of Judgment: a Seatonian Prize-Poem
Solemn Thoughts concerning God and Death ib. 59
Blacklock 13 Obedience to Parents
Thomfon 15 For the Lord's Day Morning
Langborne 16 For the Lord's Day Evening
The Enlargement of the Mind: Epistle I. to Ge- The Sluggard
neral Craufurd. Epiftle II. To William Innocent Play
Blair 25 The Benedicite paraphrafed
7 The Advantages of early Religion
9 Against Quarrelling and Fighting
10 Against Scoffing and calling Names
11 Against Swearing and Curfing, and taking God's
ib. 33 Chrift's Paffion: from a Greek Ode of Mr.
Mafters, formerly of New College
ib. 37 Veni Creator Spiritus, paraphrafed Dryden 68
Mifs Carter 38 On True Nobility
ib. 39 Written at Midnight, in a Thunder Storm
The Inftability and Infufficiency of Hu-
Prefumption of depending on To-morrow 12
Man's Proneness to poftpone Improve-
Vanity of Human Enjoyments, taught
110 Night III. Picture of Narciffa, Defcription of her
Funeral, and a Reflection upon Man
110 Night IV. Death not to be dreaded
Folly of the Love of Life in the Aged 151
Addrefs to the Deity
Fears of Death extinguished by Man's
Praife, beftowed on Men, due to Heaven 133
Night IX. Reflections on Death
The Guilty alone wish for Annihilation
No fpiritual Substance annihilated
The World a System of Theology
Virtue the Fruit of Immortality
The Mystery of a Future State, no Ar-
A Man of Pleasure is a Man of Pain
144 The Eagle and the Affembly of Birds
150 The Youth and the Philofopher
150 The Bee, the Ant, and the Sparrow
Human Life compared to the Ocean 151 Leffons of Wisdom
147 The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat
147 The Young Lion and the Ape
151 The Pain arifing from virtuous Emotions attended
152 Paraphrafe on Pfalm lxxiv. 16,17 Mifs Williams 195
152 Paraphrafe on Isaiah xlix. 15
152 Paraphrafe on Matt. vii. 12
152 Reflections on a Future State, from a Review of
153 A Prayer in the Profpect of Death
153 The Genealogy of Chrift, as it is reprefented on
the East Window of Winchester College Chapel.
154 On the Death of Frederic Prince of Wales. Writ
ten at Paris, by David Lord Viscount Stermont,
155 On the Immortality of the Soul