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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, according 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.

CONTENTS.

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I. The Dumb Orators; or, the Benefit of

ciety
II. The Parting Hour . ..
ITI. The Gentleman Farmer
IV. Procrastination .

V. The Patron
VI. The Frank Courtship
VII. The Widow's Tale..
VIII. The Mother
IX. Arabella

X. The Lover's Journey
XI. Edward Shorec. or, the Precipitate Choice
XII. 'Squire Thomas ; or,
XIII. Jessy and Colin.

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XIV. The Struggles of Conscience

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XV. Advice; or, the 'Squire and the Priest 128
XVI. The Confidant
XVII. Resentment

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XVIII. The Wager.
XIX. The Convert
XX. The Brothers
XXI. The Learned Boy

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Bristow Tragedie; or, the Dethe of Syr Charles

Bawdin.
Mynstrelles Songe .. ........ 151

GIFFORD.

| The Baviad; a paraphrastic Imitation of the first

Satire of Persius . . . . . .
The Mæviad

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Verses left at a Friend's House

213 IX. The Nun

267

The First Psalm

213 X. The Firefly

267

A Prayer under the Pressure of violent Anguish 214 XI. Foreign Travel

263

The first six Verses of the ninetieth Psalm

214 XII. The Fountain

To a Mountain Daisy, on turning one down with the

XIII. Banditti

Pluugh in April, 1780. . . .

270

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214 XIV. An Adventure

To Ruin

214 XV. Naples

271

To Miss L-, with Beattie's Poems as a New-year's XVI. The Bag of Go

273

Gift, January 1, 1787.

215 XVII. A Character .

274

Epistle to a Young Friend. May, 1786... ..

215 XVIII. Sorrento ,

275

On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies . . 216 XIX. Paestum

276

To a Haggis.

216 XX. Monte Cassino

277

A Dedication to Gavin Hamil

217 XXI. The Harper

277

To a Louse. On seeing one on a Lady's Bonnet at

XXII. The Feluca

277

Church,

XXIII. Genoa.

278

Address to Edinburgh

Ode to Superstition.

Epistle to J. Lapralk, an old Scottish Bard. April Verses written to be spoken

281
lst, 1785.

On - asleep

To the same. April 21s

220 | To-

282

To W. S*****N, Ochiltree.

221 From Euripides

Epistle to J. R******, enclosing some Poems

Captivity

Tam O'Shanter. A Tale.

The Sailor .

To an old Oak ..

282

The Lea-rig . · ·

To two Sisters

To Mary

On a Tear .

283

My Wile's a winsome

2:26 To a Voice that had been
Bonnie Leslie

From a Greek Epigram

Highland Mary

To the Fragment of a Statue of

Auld Bob Morris

called the Torso

284

Duncan Gray.

226 To-

Song .

Written in a Sick Chamber

281

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Galla Water.

227 The Boy of Egremond .

Lord Gregory

2:27 To a Friend on his Marriage

284

Mary Morison

227 | The Alps at Daybreak

Wandering Willie

228 Imitation of an Italian Sonnet

Jessie .

228 A Character. .

228 To the Youngest Daughter of

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228 An Epitaph on a Robin-redbreast . ..

229 To the Gnat

285

Auld Lang Syne

229 A Wish .

Bannockburn. Roberi Bruce's Address to his Army

2:29 Written al Midnight

For a' that, and a' that

230 An Italian Song

Scottish Ballad .

230 | An Inscription .

Song ,

230

The Birks of Aber

231 1912. .

286

I love my Jean

231 | A Farewell

287

John Anderson m

231

The Posie

231 To the Butterfly

287

The Banks o' I

Song :

232

Sic à Wife as Willie had

232

Wilt thou be my Dearie ?

232

GRAHAME.

For the sake of somebody

232

A red, red Rose . .

232 | The Sabbath .

Song

Sabbath Walks :-

The bonnie Lad that's far awa.

233 A Spring Sabbath Walk.

Whistle o'er the lave o't.

233 A Summer Sabbath Walk .

An Autumn Sabbath Walk

298

A Winter Sabbath Walk

293

ROGERS.

Biblical Pictures :-

The First Sabbath

299

The Pleasures of Memory.

The Finding of Moses

299

Part I. .

Jacob and Pharaoh

299

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II.

Jephthah's Vow

300

Italy.-Part I.

Saul and David

300

I. The Lake of Geneva

241 Elijah fed by Ravens

od

II. The Great St. Bernard .

The Birth of Jesus announced

III. The Descent. .

243 Behold my Mother and my Brethren

300

IV. Jorasse .

241 Bartimeus restored to Sight

301

V. Marguerite de Tours.

244 Little Children brought to Jesus . ,

VI. The Alps.

Jesus calms the Tempest.

301

VII. Como

Jesus walks on the Sea, and calms the Storm

VIII. Bergamo

The Dumb cured ,

IX. Italy

247 The Death of Jesus

X. Coll'alto

247 The Resurrection.

301

XI. Venice.

218 Jesus appears to the Disciples

302

XII. Luigi

249 Paul accused before the Tribunal of the Areopagus 302

XIII. St. Mark's Pla

250 Paul accused before the Roman Governor of Judea 302

XIV. The Gondola

Paraphrase.-Psalm ciii. 3, 4.

3012

IV. The Brides of Venice

252 On Visiting Melrose, after an Absence of sixteen

XVI. Foscari

253 Years .

XVII. Arqua.

255 The Wild Duck and her Brood

XVIII. Ginevra

255 To a Redbreast that flew in at my Window .. 303

XII. Bologna

256 Epitaph on a Blackbird killed by a Hawk

303

XX. Florence

257 The Poor Man's Funeral

303

XXI. Don Garzia

258 The Thanksgiving off Cape Trafalgar

303

XXII. The Campagna of Florence .

238 To my Son ..

304

Italy. - Part II

1. The Pilgrim .

II. An Interview

262

JOANNA BAILLIE.

III. Rome,

262 Basil.

IV. A Funeral

264 Act I. . . . .

305

V. National Preju

265 II. . . . . : . 309
Lonal rrejudices.
VI. The Campagna of Rome

265 III. . . . . . . . 314
VI. The Roman Pontiffs

IV. . . . . . . 320
VIII. Caius Cestius

267 V. . . . . . . . 328

Written in the Highlands of Scotland, September 2,

Inscription for a Temple. Dedicated io the Graces 28
231 Written in Wesuminster Abbey, October 10, 1806. . 287

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