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tracts from this author I have added two papers on Sir Roger de Coverley, and a portion of his poetical Epistle to Lord Halifax. I left out the two hymns beginning, “When all thy mercies, O my God," and, “ How are thy servants blest, O Lord," because it is very doubtful whether he wrote thern. Addison introduces them in the Spectator, as if they were the production of another; and the editor of Andrew Marvell's works, Edward Thompson, makes it appear very probable that they were written by his author, as they were found among his manuscripts in his hand-writing, with some variations. Gay. His letter on the “Village Lovers" is a gem.-Swift. His satire on “Transubstantiation” is omitted for two reasons: the subject is too sacred for such a weapon, and the doctrine too absurd for refutation. Instead of this, the reader will find a still more humorous piece,-that on “ Partridge's Death.”—Pope. The extracts from the “ Essay on Criticism," the “ Essay on Man," and his “ Letter to Steele," additional; and the extracts from the “Rape of the Lock” better arranged.--THOmson. “ The Loves of the Birds," “A Summer Scene," "A Thunder-Shower," "The Springs of Rivers," and "A Man perishing in the Snows of Winter," additional.-BOLING BROKE. “The Use of History,” additional.-Grar. His “Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College,” the exquisitely beautiful “Song," and the four“ Letters," additional.— Goldsmith, The “Scenery of the Alps," and the “ History of a Poet's Gar den,” take the place of " Alcander and Septimius,” a rather unnatural story.-BlackstONE. His remarks on "The Origin and Right of Property," omitted, as altogether too dry.-Johnson. · Gayety and Good-Humor," " The Conver. sation of Authors,” « Books and Tradition," " Prevention of Evil Habits," and " Parallel between Pope and Dryden,” additional.--Lowth. His “ Remarks on the Sublimity of the Prophet Isaiah," who will not value?--Jones. His beautiful letter on “ Milton's Residence," additional.-BURKE. “John How. ard," " Sir Joshua Reynolds," " Rights of Man," “ Noisy Politicians," all additional.-Junius. This author had rather more than his share before: I there. fore omitted two letters of less importance.-Cowper. “The Wounded Spi. rit Healed," " The Guilt of making Man Property,” “ The Diverting History of John Gilpin," and five letters, “ Cowper's Amusements," “ Writing upon Any Thing," “ An Epistle in Rhyme," “ Expects Lady Hesketh, &c.,'

," " Translation of Homer, &c.," all additional.

Such are the most important additions and alterations which have been made in the second edition. But there is hardly an author that remains pre. cisely as before. In almost every one, some additional notes will be found, and the number of verbal alterations is very great. This is owing to the fact that the second proof of this edition I have read very carefully with a most experienced and critical proof-reader, by the best original edition of each author. One would be surprised to see how many errors have crept into the various reprints. To give but two specimens: the fourth line of the “ Emigrants," of Marvell, reads in the common editions, “ The listening wirds received

It should be “this song;" and then the song follows, and not in verses as usually printed. The last line but one of Cowper's culogy on Jolan Bunyan usually reads, “And not with curses on his heart :" it should be

And not with curses on his art, who stole

The gem of truth from his unguarded soul. Numerous cases of a similar character might be cited; but I have already said quite enough of my own efforts to improve this eclition: the Publishers, it will be seen, have done their part in a style of unusual beauty; so that, I believe, scarcely any book has been offered to the public at so moderate a price, if the amount of reading matter and the style of mechanical execution be taken into view PHILADELPHIA, September 2, 1848.

C. D. C.

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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF AUTHORS.

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ADDISON, JOS EPA
A RESIDE, MARK
Аавствхот, Јонх
ASCHAM, ROGER
Bacon, FRANCIS
BARBOCR, John
BARCLAY, ROBERT
BARROW, Isaac
BATTER, RICHARD
BEAUNOXT, FRANCIS
BENTLEY, RICHARD
BERKELEY, GEORGE
BIBLE, TRANSLATIONS OF
BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM
BLAIR, ROBERT
BOLINGBROKE, LORD
Воотн, ВАвтом
BOILE, ROBERT
BROWXE, THOMAS
Bustax, JOAN
BURKE, EDMUND .
Burss, ROBERT
BUTLER, JOSEPH
BUTLER, SAMUEL
BrRom, JOAN
Carew, Tuomas
Caber, ELIZABETA
Carton, WILLIAM
CHATHAM, EARL OY
CBATTERTON, Thomas
CHAUCER, GEOFFREY
CHZKE, Joan
CHILLINGWORTH,

WILLIAM
CLARENDON, EARL or
COLLIXS, WILLIAM

374 | COWLET, ABRAHAM 578 CowPER, WILLIAM 419 CRASHAW, RICHARD

74 | DANIEL, SAMUEL 159 DAVENANT, WILLIAM 25 DE FOE, DANIEL 324 DODDRIDGE, PHILIP 278 DODSLEY, ROBERT 332 DONNE, Joun . 143 | Drayton, MICHAEL 429 DRUMMOND, WILLIAM 510 | DRYDEN, JOHN 118 Dunbar, WILLIAM . 645 ELIZABETH, QUEEN 405 Falconen, WILLIAM 494 | FELLTHAM, OWEN 418 Finch, ANNE . 328 FLETCAER, GILES 298 | FLETCHER, John 317 FLETCHER, PHINEAS 712 FULLER, THOMAS 700 GAY, JOHN . 504 Gibbox, EDWARD 292 GOLDSMITH, OLIVER 538 GOWER, John . 177 GRAY, Tuomas 154 GREFILLE, MRs.

42 GROVE, HENRY 639 HABINGTON, WILLIAM 570 | HalE, MATTHEW . 26 Hall, JOSEPH . 68 | HAWKESWORTH, JOHN . 182 HERBERT, GEORGE . 269 HERRICK, ROBERT 516 | Herwood, John

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HOORER, RICHARD
HOWARD, HENRY
HUME, DAVID
HYDE, EDWARD
JAMES I. or SCOTLAND.
Tohnson, SAMUEL
Jones, WILLIAM
Jonson, Ben
JUNITS, LETTERS OF
KILLEGREW, Anxb .
King, WILLIAM
LATIMER, Hugh
LEIGATON, ROBERT
LOCKY, JOAN
LOVELACE, RICHARD
Lowth, ROBERT
MANDEVILLE, JOHN
MARGARET, DUCHESS or New

CASTLE
MANKHAM, GERVASE
MARLOWE, CHRISTOPHER .
MARVELL, ANDREW
MUUDLETON, CONTERS
Milton, John
MINSTRELST, ENGLISA
Montagu, Lady Mart
MORE, THOMAS
NEWCASTLE, DUCHESS OF
OVERBURI, THOMAS
PARNELL, THOMAS
PENN, WILLIAM
PAILIPS, CATAERINE
Pirr, Vi'ILLIAM
POPE, ALEXANDER
PRIOR, MATTHEW
QUARLES, FRANCIS
RALEIGA, WALTER
RICHARDSON, SAMUEL

104 ROBERTSON, WILLIAM .

60 | Rowe, ELIZABETH 635 Russell, RACHEL 269 SACKVILLE, THOMAS

38 St. Joux, HENRY 647 Sandys, GEORGE 695 SEWELL, GEORGE 172 SAAKSPEARE, WILLIAM 723 SHENSTONE, WILLIAM 312 SHERLOCK, THOMAS . 541 SIDNEY, PHILIP

65 SMOLLET, TOBIAS 309 SOMERVILLE, WILLIAM 356 SPENSER, EDMUND 205 SOUTA, ROBERT 673 SOUTIWELL, ROBERT 17 STEELE, RICHARD

STILL, JOIN 236 | SURREY, EARL OF 179 SWIFT, JONATHAN

87 Talbot, CATHERINE 282 TAYLOR, JEREMY 489 | TEMPLE, WILLIAM 239 THOMSON, JAMES 109 | TICKELL, THOMAS 532 | TillotsON, JOHN

47 Tollet, ELIZABETH 230 TYNDALE, WILLIAM 125 | Vaughan, HENRI 366 VANHOM RIGH, ESTAER

EDMUND 216 Walton, Isaac 639 Warrox, Thomas 450 Watts, Isaac 398 | WiclIF, JOHN 186 Wratt, THOMAS 146 | YALDEX, Thomas 525 Young, EDWARD

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80 606 431

93 362

88 402 73 60 433 566 218 342

468

427 336 515 53

369 WALLER,

339 399 314 302 680 479 21 35 446 555

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CONTENTS.

SIR JOHN MANDEVILLE

17 WILLIAM TYNDALE ......

83

Free tbe Prologue...

18

Various Translatic as of the Bible.... 53

The Chinese

19 His Death ......

64

Suberical Form of the Earth.

20 Tyndale's Version, Luke x. 25.

JOHN WICLIP

21 SIR THOMAS WYATT...

56

Gratitude due the Reformer (note).. 22 The Lover complaineth of the unkind.

Wordsworth's Lines on Wiclif (note).. 22 ness of his Love..

Wiclif's Apolog...

23 He prayeth not to be Disdained, ke.. 67

All-sufficiency of the Scriptures.. 23 Description of One be would love 67

Papal Opposition to Wielit, (note) 23 Of the Mean and Sure Estate

58

Specimen of his Translation of the of his Return from Spain..

58

Bible.....

24 Prose

58

Letter to his Son.

50

JOHN BARBOUR

25

Apostrophe to Freedom

25 HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY 60

Paraphrase of the same, (pote).

26 Prisoner in Windsor...

61

Dr. Nott's Comparison between Surrey

GEOFFREY CHAUCER......

26

and Wyatt, (note).

61

Booracio': Decameron, (note).

27 The Frailty of Beauty

63

Prologue to Canterbury Tales.

28 In Praise of his Lady-love

63

Influence on the Reformation, (note). 28 Description of Spring.

04

The Knight and Squire.

29 A bappy Life, and the Means to attain 64

The Clerk ...

30

64

The Wife

30

The Parson ...

31 HUGH LATIMER

65

Troilus and Creseida.

32

His Martyrdoin

63

Romaunt of the Rose..

32 A Yeoman of Henry VII.'s Time ..... 65

Ttre llouse of Fame

32 Examined before the Bishops

66

Eagle's Flight with the Poet

33 Cause and Effect ...

67

Pope's Imitation, (note)

33

The Floser and the Leaf

33 SIR JOHN CHEKE

68

Prose-Upon Riches......

33 Lines from Milton, (note);

88

The New and the Old Religion con.

JOHIN GOWER

34

trasted

69

Confessio Amantis

34

Story of Florent..

35 JOHN HEYWOOD.

70

The Drama

JAMES L. OF SCOTLAND

38 Miracle Playg...

The King's Quair..

38

Moral Plays

70

On his Beloved

39 Writers of Elizabeth's Reign, (note).. 70

Interludeg...

71

WILLIAM CAXTON..

42 From the Four Pg.......

71

Disenvery of the Art of Printing, (note) 42 Palmer and Pilgrim, (note).

Origin of the Name of Albion

43

JOHN STILL.....

73

WILLIAM DUNBAR

Gammer Gurton's Needle.

78

The Thistle and the Rose..

45 Extract from ...

74

Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins.... 45

Xo Treasure without Gladness.

46 ROGER ASCHAM

74

From the Toxophilus

78

SIR THOMAS MORE........

47 In Praise of the Goose...

76

Interview with Erasmus.

47 Apology for Writing in English. 77

The Utopia, account of

Intermixture of Study and Exercise. 78

His other Works....

50 Consequences of Neglected Education 78

Queen Margaret's Speech on giving Dangers of Foreign Travel

79

up her Son to the “ Protector" .. 50

His Marriages...

51 SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

80

His Letter to his Wife

52 The Arcadia ....

81

43

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.

SIR THOMAS OVERBURY.

Description of Arcadia.

81 Prose Writings

120

Pamela and Philoclea.

81

A Fair and Happy Milkmaid.

126

Description of a Stag-hunt.

82

Flis Defence of Poesy.

83 WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.

127

Character of the Poet.

83

Chronological List of his Playg.....

128

Philosopher, Historian, and Poet, com- Ben Jonson's Encomium

129
pared

84
Dryden's Encomium .......

129

In Praise of Poesy..

85 From the “Merchant of Venice,”-the

Poetry-Sonnet to Sleep..

87

Three Caskets

130

The Seven Ages..

134
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE...... 87 Clarence's Dream

135
A Passionate Shepherd to his Love... 87 Fall of Cardinal Wolsey..

137
Queen Mab and the Fairies

139

ROBERT SOUTHWELL...

88 Life and Death weighed

140

The Power of Truth, Bryant, (note).. 89 Mercy.

141
Tinies go by Turng.

89 Fame to be kept bright by Activity 141

Scorn not the Least....

90 The Commonwealth of Bees.

142

Content and Rich...

90

Prose-Mary Magdalen's Tears

91 BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.

143

Life hath no Unmeddled Joy.

92 Address to Melancholy.

143

The Life of Man.

144

EDMUND SPENSER..

93 Morning

144

Remarks on the “Faerie Queene”. 94 Exhortation to Early Rising:

144

The Knight and the Lady

95 The Shepherd's Evening.

145

Una followed by the Lion

97

Description of Prince Arthur.

99 SIR WALTER RALEIGH.

146

Belphoebe..

100 The Fall of mighty Empires—The Folly

The Care of Angels over Men.

102

of Ambition The Power of Death 147

The Seasons

102 His various Prose Works......

148

Criticisms of Mackintosh, Hazlitt, and Poetry

149

Campbell, (notes).

103 A Description of the Country's Recrea-

Prose Works...

103

tions ...

149

The Irish Bards.

104

Sir Egerton Brydges's Opinion of him

as a Poct, (note).

149

RICHARD HOOKER

.: 104 The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd . ] 50

His Ecclesiastical Polity.

105 A Vision upon the Faerie Queene. 151

His Letter to the Archbishop.. 105 The Soul's Errand..

151
The Necessity and Majesty of Law... 106 His last Letter to his Wife

163

Sudden Death not Desirable... 107

The Excellency of the Psalms.

108 LADY ELIZABETII CAREY....... 154

On Forgiveness of Injuries.

104

ENGLISH MINSTRELSY.

109

Account of the Minstrels.

109 SAMUEL DANIEL

155

Sir Patrick Spens

109

His History of the Civil Wars

155

Chevy Chase

112 Equanimity

156

The Two Corbies...

116

Richard the Second..

157

QUEEN ELIZABETH

117 GILES FLETCHER

158

Verses on her own Feelings..

117 Redemption

168

Historical Account of them, (note). ... 117

FRANCIS BACON

169

TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE ..... 118 Account of his various Works

160

Coverdale's Bible.......

118 Diverse Objects of Men to gain Know-

Matthewe's Bible.

118

ledge ...

161

Cranmer's, or the Great Bible

119 Preservation of Knowledge

161

Taverner's Bible.

119 Pleasure of Knowledge

162

Geneva Bible

119 Uses of Knowledge..

162

Bishops' Bible..

119

Studies .....

163

Douay Bible..

119 End of Knowledge

164

King James's Bible

119

Immortality of Literary Fame.. 164

Account of the same

119

Influence of the Bible on the English JOUN DONNE

165

Mind......

120 The Farewell.

166

Mrs. Ellis's Remarks, (note).

121 Prose

......... 167

The Psalms

107

TUOMAS SACKVILLE....

Christians to Preach by Example 167

From the Ferrex and Porrex

122

God may be Worshipped anywhere 167

The Mirror of Magistrates
122 Greatest Cross to have no Cross

168
Allegorical Characters in Hell..... 122 Anger ..

188

SIR THOMAS OVERBURY

125 MICHAEL DRAYTON

169

The Wife

126 Chorus of the Birds...

169

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