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THESE volumes are intended to give a fair representation of the works of those British writers who have attained full recognition and hold a permanent place among the guild of poets. In some cases almost the entire poetical works of an author are here included; in others this was impossible, and in others undesirable; but in every case the editor has endeavored to give the best and the most characteristic. Some poems which are good in themselves have been omitted because they cannot be read intelligently without long prose prefaces or cumbrous foot-notes, which are generally fatal to all poetic effect. Others have become virtually obsolete, even since the issue of Dr. Aikin's work, on which this is founded, fifty years ago.

It has been customary, in collections like this, to give at least a specimen of every versifier who had any prominence in his day, though he may never have written a line which any critic could praise, or any reader would cherish. The present editor has not thought it necessary to waste space in carrying out such an idea of completeness or comprehensiveness, yet doubtless he has admitted some whom the next editor would properly discard. There are fashions in poetry, as in all else; and it is only the fabric whose warp and woof are of pure genius and art which outlasts them. All others must “have their day and cease to be."

In selecting from contemporary poets, a free hand has been used; both because the book is for contemporary readers, and because here discrimination must rest almost solely upon an individual judgment, while the test of time has drawn its dividing line among the singers of the past. We all feel certain that Tennyson and the Brownings have established a fame which time can never destroy; but what it will do with Morris and Buchanan and Swinburne, with Owen Meredith and Matthew Arnold and Jean Ingelow and the Rossettis, is still problematical. The life-principle in poetry is so subtile that no philosopher can evolve a rule for finding it, and no listener can be certain that the numbers which delight him will not provoke the contempt of his grandchild. Genuine poetry

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is the longest-lived of all human creations, but the builder of the lofty rhyme can never know whether it will stand the wear of centuries, or crumble away while yet his own epitaph is legible in the churchyard. The poetry that endures is of slow growth. Tennyson, since he first published, has averaged two lines a day; and we find that the present volumes (though they do not profess to contain all the good English poetry that has been written) represent the same average of two lines a day for the five hundred years from Chaucer to Morris.

The hundred and fifty poets who have contributed to this collection present the widest diversity of genius, life, and opportunities. The naturalness of Shakespeare and the artificialness of Pope, the seventeen years of Chatterton and the ninety of Rogers, Milton with his load of elaborate scholarship and Hogg learning to read after he had arrived at manhood, Montgomery's piety and Byron's recklessness, Campbell's fire and Gray's serenity, Crabbe's plainness and Browning's subtilety, Tennyson's art, Scott's artlessness, the allegories of Spenser, the songs of Burns, and the romances of Morris—from such varied sources come the charms of English poetry, which forms perhaps the noblest of all profane literatures.

New YORK, January 27, 1876.

CONTENTS.

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208

GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales....

EDMUND SPENSER.

10

The First Book of the Faerie Qneene......... 11

WILLIAX SHAKESPEARE.......

62

Sonnets.........

63

Songs.........................

89

NICHOLAS BRETON.

The Longing of a Blessed Heart..

SAMUEL DANIEL..

89

To the Lady Margaret..

89

Love is a Sickness..

90

Ode..................

90

Sonnet......................

90

MICHAEL DRAYTON.

91

The Ballad of Agincourt...

91

Sonnets....

92

BEN JONSON.

93

To William Camden...

From Cynthia's Revels..

94

From the Silent Woman.

94

Hags....

94

Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke.

94

On Lucy, Countess of Bedford.

95

Song, to Celia....

95

To the Same...

95

From the Shepherd's Holiday.

95

Love, a Little Boy....

95

Those Eyes...

96

Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H..

96

Discourse with Cupid....

96

WILLIAM DRUMMOND.

97

The River of Forth Feasting.

97

Song..

98

To his Lute..

98

The Praise of a Solitary Life.

99

The Nightingale...

99

The Thrash.....

99

Sonnets.....

99

GEORGE HERBERT.

100

Man......

100

Easter.

101

The Odor.

101

The Flower.

101

Virtue.

102

Complaining.

102

Affliction..

102

EDMUND WALLER.

103

To Amoret..

103

Of Love....

103

Of the Marriage of the Dwarfs.

104

A Panegyric to my Lord Protector.

104

Of English Verse....

106

The Story of Phoebus and Daphne applied. 106

Song..

To Phyllis..

106

On a Girdle..............

107

To Zelinda.

107

To a Lady, singing a Song of his composing... 107

JOHN MILTON..

108

L'Allegro........................

109

Il Pengeroso......

110

Lycidas..

111

Comus.

118

PAGB

Paradise Lost:

Book I.....

121

Book II.

127

Book III,

186

Book IV.

141

Book V..

149

Book VI...

166

Book VII.

162

Book VIII.

167

Book IX.

172

Book X.

181

Book XI..

189

Book XII.

196

On the New Forcers of Conscience..

201

To the Nightingale...

201

On his Blindness.

201

To Cyriac Skinner..

201

On his Wife..

202

To the Lord General Cromwell.

202

On his being arrived at the Age of twenty-

three.

202

On Shakespeare.

202

On the Massacre in Piemont.

202

ABRAHAM COWLEY

203

The Motto.

204

Honor.

204

Or Myself.

204

The Chronicle.

204

Anacreontics

205

Elegy upon Anacreon.

207

Ode, from Catullus..

208

The Complaint..

Hymn to Light..

209

Against Hope.

210

I'or Hope.

211

Claudian's Old Man of Verona..

211

The Wish.

211

From the Davideis.

212

On the Death of Crashaw..

212

Liberty.

212

The Soul.

212

Love in her Sunny Eyes..

212

John DRYDEN.

213

Annug Mirabilis.

213

Alexander's Feast ; or, the Power of Music 224

Palamon and Arcite......

226

The Wife Bath..

243

The Character of a Good Parson.

247

Theodore and Honoria..

248

Religio Laici....

251

A Song for St. Cecilia's Day.

255

Ah, How Sweet it is to Love.

255

On the Countess of Abingdon.

256

The Cock and the Fox....

256

MATTHEW Prioa..

263

The Thief and the Cordelier.

Henry and Emma..

264

The Garland..

270

An English Padlock.

270

A Song.....

271

The Female Phaeton,

271

Tbe Despairing Shepherd..

271

JONATHAN SWIFT..

272

Cadenus and Vanessa.

272

Stella's Birthday.

279

The Journal of a Modern Lady.

279

On the Death of Dr. Swist.

281

Horace, Book III., Ode II..

285

106

292

299

PAGE

JOSEPH ADDISON....

286

A Letter from Italy.

286

The Campaign..

288

To Sir Godfrey Kneller..

291

Paraphrase on Psalm XXIII.

292

An Ode....

ISAAC WATTS.

293

There is a Land..

293

Come, Holy Spirit..

293

Alas l'and did my Saviour bleed..

293

Away from Every Mortal Care...

294

Psalm XLVI..

294

Psalm XC

294

Psalm CXVII.

294

THOMAS PARNELL...

295

A Night-Piece on Death.

295

The Hermit......

296

EDWARD YOUNG...

298

The Complaint: or, Night Thoughts :

Night the First.

Night the Second.

302

Night the Third.

307

Night the Fourth.

311

Night the Fifth..

317

Night the Sixth..

325

Night the Seventh.

332

Night the Eighth

844

Night the Ninth...

354

ALEXANDER POPE...

373

The Rape of the Lock,

374

Prologue to Mr. Addison's Tragedy of Cato.... 380

Eloisa to Abelard....

380

The Temple of Fame.

383

The Fable of Dryope..

387

Vertumnus and Pomona.

388

An Essay on Man:

Epistle I...

389

Epistle II.

391

Epistle III..

394

Epistle IV.

396

Moral Essays :

Epistle I...

400

Epistle II..

402

Epistle III.

404

Epistle IV

407

Epistle V.

409

Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot..

410

Meesiah

413

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady. 414

Satire

414

Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford and Earl

• Mortimer..

416

The Dying Christian to his Soul.

416

Contentment

416

The Universal Prayer.

417

JOHN GAY...

418

Rural Sports...

418

Trivia.

421

Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Eyed Susan. 431

A Ballad...

431

Fables :

The Goat without a Beard...

432

The Universal Apparition...

432

The Jugglers.

433

The Hare and Many Friends.

433

The Farmer's Wife and the Raven..

434

The Turkey and the Ant....

434

JOHN DYER..

435

Grongar Hill..

435

The Ruins of Rome...

486

JAMES THOMSON.

441

Rule Britannia !

442

Ode

442

Song.

442

To the Rev. Mr. Murdoch..

442

Song..

442

The Happy Man.

443

The Seasons :

Spring.

443

Summer.

452

Autumn

465

Winter ..

475

A Hymn...

483

The Castle of Indolence..

484

CHARLES WESLEY.

498

Jesus, Lover of my Soul..

498

Death'..

498

Jesus, my Strength, my Hope....

499

Wrestling Jacob...

499

PAGE

SAMUEL JOHNSON...

500

London.....

500 -

The Vanity of Human Wishes.

502

Prologue, fpoken by Mr. Garrick.

505

On the Death of Mr. Robert Levet..

505

WILLIAM SHENSTONE..

507

The School-Mistress.

507

Elegy

510

A Pastoral Ballad.

511

The Dying Kid..

513

THOMAS GRAY

514

On Vicissitude

514

Hymn to Adversity...

515

Elegy writteo in a Country Churchyard.. 515

The Progress of Poesy..

516

Ode on the Spring....

517

Ode for Music..

518

Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat..

519

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College. 519

The Bard..

520

The Fatal Sisters...

522

The Descent of Odin

523

The Triumphs of Owen..

523

TOBIAS SMOLLETT....

525

The Tears of Scotland..

625

Ode to Leven Water.

525

Ode to Independence.

526

MARK AKENSIDE.

528

The Virtuoso...

528

The Pleasures of Imagination :

Book I....

529

Book II..

533

Book III..

589

Ode to the Right Honorable Francis, Earl of
Huntingdon..

644

Hymn to the Naiads..

046

Ode to the Right Rev. Benjamin, Lord Bishop

of Winchester..

548

WILLIAM COLLINS......

550

Ode to Pity...

550

Ode to Fear..

551

Ode, written in the Year 1746..

551

Ode on the Death of Colonel Charles Ross. 552

Ode to Evening.

552

Ode to Liberty.

553

The Passions..

554

Dirge in Cymbeline...

555

An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the

Highlands of Scotland.

555

Ode on the Death of Mr. Thomson

557

JOSEPH and THOMAS WARTON...

559

Ode to Fancy

559

Verees written at Montauban in France.. 560

Ode to the First of April...

561

Ode. The Crusade..

561

The Progress of Discontent.

562

Inscription in a Hermitage.

563

Ode. The Hamlet...

564

Ode sent to a Friend.

561

The Pleasures of Melancholy.

565

OLIVER GOLDSMITH....

568

The Traveller.

569

The Deserted Village......

572

The Hermit..

575

Elegy on a Mad Dog.

576

An Elegy on the Glory of her Sex, Mrs. Mary

Blaize

577

Stanzas on Woman..

577

Song......

577

WILLIAM FALCONER.

578

The Shipwreck.

588

WILLIAM COWPER..

603

Boadicea...

604

'Heroism..

604

On the Receipt of my Mother's Picture out of

Norfolk..

605

Friendship..

606

The Task:

Book I. The Sofa.

607

Book II. The Time-Piece..

613

Book III. The Garden.

620

Book IV. The Winter Evening..

626

Book V. The Winter Morning Walk. 632

Book VI. The Winter Walk at Noon. 638

Verses supposed to be written by Alexander

Selkirk.

616

The Diverting History of John Gilpin......... 647

664

664

To Mary:

PAOE

The Auld Farmer's New-Year Morning Salu-

tation to his Auld Mare Maggie...

733

To a Mouse..

784

A Winter's Night......

734

Despondency..

785

Winter

786

The Cotter's Saturday Night....

736

Man was made to mourn...

738

A Prayer in the Prospect of Death..

739

Stauzas on the Same Occasion...

739

The First Psalm...

789

A Prayer...

740

The First Six Verres of the Ninetieth Psalm.. 740

To a Mountain Daisy....

740

To Ruin..

740

To Miss L-

741

Epistle to a Young Friend.

741

On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies. 742

To a Haggis.

742

A Dedication to Gavin Hamilton, Esq... 743

To a Louse..

Address to Edinburgh.

Epistle to F. Lapraik.

745

To the Same.

746

To W. S***** n...

Postscript..

748

Epistle to J. R*****

749

Tam O'Shanter.

749

Songs:

The Lea-Rig..

751

751

My Wife's a Winsome Wee Thing..

752

Bonnie Lesley..

752

Highland Mary

752

Auld Rob Morris.

752

Duncan Gray.

752

"O poortith cauld "

753

Galla Water..

753

Lord Gregory.

753

Mary Morison.

753

Wandering Willie.

754

Jessie..

754

When Wild War's Deadly Blast was blawn.. 754

“O Logan, sweetly didst thou glide

754

Bonnie Jean.

755

Auld Lang Syne..

755

Bannockburn..

755

For a' That, and a' That.

756

Scottish Ballad, "Last May a Braw Wooer". 756

“Here's a Health to Ane I lo'e dear". 756

The Birks of Aberfeldy.

757

I love my Jean...

757

John Anderson my Jo.

757

The Posie....

757

Tbe o' Doon...

757

"Ye Flowery Banks o' Bonnie Doon" 758

Sic a Wife as Wilie had.

758

Wilt Thou be my Dearie ?..

758

For the Sake of Somebody..

758

A Red, Red Rose..

758

"Ae Fond Kiss".

759

The Bonnie Lad that's Far Awa.............. 759

Whistle o'er the Lave o't...

The Author's Farewell to his Native Country.. 759

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