HRC PR 1171 B3 1800
The Beauties of the Poets: Being a Collection of Moral and Sacred
Poetry,From the Most Eminent Authors.
Compiled by the late Rev. Thomas Janes, of Bristol.
"All men agree, that licentious Poems do of all writings soonest
corrupt the heart: and why should we not be as universally persuaded, that the
grave and serious performances of such as write in teh most engaging manner, by
a kind of divine impulse, must be the most effecual persasiveness to goodness?"--TATLER
London: Prtd. by C. Whittingham for Scatcherd and Witaker, 1800.
To THE READER.
The Editor of this little Volume was a person of considerable literary
abilities and judgment: and had he not been taken to his reward early in life,
this production proves, that mankind might have been much benefited by his
judicious labours. As a COLLECTION it is inferior to none in this kingdom. And
as the Compiler was justly esteemed for his piety and vivacity of spirit, so has
he made choice of those pieces that cannot fail, if duly attended to, to instil
into the mind of the Reader, the love of virtue and true religion; abstracted
from all illiberal ideas and pe- [iii / iv] dantic notions, which are
only of man's invention.
He was not confined in his sentiments to any particular human system; but
the tenor of his conduct, private and public, proved im to be actuated by the
best principles, The love of God, and of Mankind. From such abilities,
therefore, it is natural to expect the most agreeable productions; and herein,
we apprehend, the judicious reader will not be disappointed.
[The ToC does not list author, just titles; authors are listed with poems,
so I am copying titles/ authors from text, not from Contents. Whenever the poem
is obviously an excerpt from a longer poem such as Paradise Lost,
and Janes has simply appended his own title to it, I give some lines from the
excerpt to indicate what part of the longer poem he is referring to. Lines are
also given for anonymous authors. If you know who wrote any of these poems,
please email Laura Mandell.]
The BEAUTIES of the POETS.
- ON CREATION, Milton.
- The Son / On His great expedition now appear'd, / Girt with omnipotence,
with radiance crown'd / Of majesty divine; sapience and love / Immense, and all
The Father in Him shone. . . . . [1-18]
- [18:] Holy and just: thrice happy if they know / Their happiness, and
persevere upright. / So sung they, and the empyréan rung / With
hallelujahs: thus was sabbath kept.
- MORNING HYMN, Milton.
- These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, / Almighty!
- ADAM'S RELATION TO RAPHAEL of the First Survey He Took of Himself,
- [20:] For man to tell how human life began / Is hard; for who himself
beginning knew?. . . .
- [-23:] . . . Rejoicing, but with awe, / In adoration at His feet I fell /
Submiss; He rear'd me, and, Whom thou sought'st, / I AM, / Said midly, Author of
all this thou seest / Above, or round about thee, or beneath; / This paradise I
give thee, count it thine.
- ADAM'S PENITENTIAL REFLECTIONS AFTER HIS FALL, MILTON.
- O MISERABLE of happy! is this the end / Of this new glorious world . . .
- ADAM AND EVE EXPELLED PARADISE, Milton.
- The hour precise / Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards, . . .
[from now on I will list titles and authors, and some first lines, but not
in the same typeface as appears in the original.]
- From the Second Chapter of the Wisdom of Solomon. Ward. [= auth]
- How is our reason to the future blind, / When vice enervates and enslaves
the mind! . . . .
- A Paraphrase of the Latter Part of the Sixth Chapter of St. Matthew.
- Ode on Aeolus's Harp. Thomson.
- Hassan; or, The Camel-Driver. An Oriental Eclogue. Collins.
- Virtue alone affords True Happiness. Pope.
- The Universal Prayer. Pope.
- The Infinite. Watts.
- The Day of Judgment. An Ode. Watts.
- Launching into Eternity. Watts.
- Meditation in a Grove. Watts.
- The Hero's School of Morality. Watts.
- True Riches. Watts.
- Charity. A Paraphrase on the Thirteenth Chapter of the First Epistle to
the Cornthians. Prior.
- The Frailty and Folly of Man. Prior.
- Christ above all Praise. Perronet.
- Preservation by Land and Sea: A Divine Ode. Addison.
- How are thy servants blest, O Lord! / How sure is their defence! /
Eternal Wisdom is their guide, / Their help Omnipotence. [stanza 1]
- A Soliloquy on the Immortality of the Soul. Addison.
- It must be so--Plato, thou reason'st well! / Else whence this pleasing
hope, this fond desire, / This longing after immortality? . . . .
- A Paraphrase on Part of the Nineteenth Psalm. Addison.
- The Twenty-Third Psalm. Addison.
- Cardinal Wolsey's Lamentation of His Fall. Shakespeare.
- The Man of Ross. Pope.
- On Providence. [no author given]
- God works in a mysterious way, / His wonders to perform: / He plants his
footsteps in the sea, / And rides upon the storm. [stanza 1]
- On the Words, "If thou knewest who it is," &c. [no
- At Jacob's well a stranger sought / His ardent thirst to clear; . . . .
- The Deserted Village. Goldsmith.
- Four Elegies; Descriptive and Moral. Scott.
- Elegy I. Written at the Approach of Spring. Stern Winter hence with all
his train removes; / And cheerful skies and limpid streams are seen;
- Elegy II. Written in the Hot Summer, 1757. Three hours from noon the
passing shadow shows, / The sultry breeze glides faintly o'er the plains . . . .
- Elegy III. Written in Harvest.
- Elegy IV. Written at the Approach of Winter.
- Hymn, From Psalm VIII. [no auth]
- Almighty Pow'r, amazing are thy ways! / Above our knowledge, and above our
- An Elegy, Describing the Sorrow of an Ingenuous Mind, On the Melancholy
Event of a Licentious Amour. Shenstone.
- The Hermit. Parnell.
- A Night-Piece on Death. Parnell.
- Messiah. Pope.
- An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. Gray.
- To the Right Honourable The Earl of Warwick, On the Death of Mr. Addison.
- Reflections. By a Clergyman in Virginia, Returning home from his Duty in a
very gloomy Night. [no more auth than that.]
- Bedlam. Fitzgerald.
- The Shepherd and the Philosopher. Gay.
- A Description of A Man Perishing in the Snow; From whence Reflections
are raised on the Miseries of Life. Thomson.
- A Thaw. Thomson.
- Reflections on a Future State, from a Review of Winter. Thompson.
- An Hymn on the Seasons. Thomson.
- Reaping, and a Tale Relative to it. Thomson.
- The Royal Penitent. Daniel.
- Grongar Hill. Dyer.
- Edwin and Angelina. Goldsmith.
- Eupolis' Hymn to the Creator. From the Greek. Westley.
- Elegy on The African Slaves. Shenstone.
- The Grave. Blair.
- The house appointed for all things.--JOB.
- [214-] Whilst some affect the sun, and some the shade, / Some flee
the city; some the hermitage, / Their aims as various as the roads they take /
In journey'ing through life; the task be mine / To paint the gloomy horrors of
the tomb; . . . .
- [to 244] Thus at the shut of ev'n, the weary bird / Leaves teh wide
air, and in some lonely brake / Cow'rs down, and dozes till the dawn of day, /
Then claps his well-fledg'd wings, and bears away.
- A Monody to the Memory of lady Lyttelton. Written in the Year 1747. Lord
- The Last Day. Young.
- Venit summa dies.--VIRGIL.
- [257-] While others sing the fortune of the great, / Empire and
arms, and all the pomp of state, / I draw a deeper scene; a scene that yields /
A louder trumpet, and more dreadful fields; / The world alarm'd, both earth and
heaven o'er- thrown, / And gasping nature's last tremendous groan; Death's
ancient sceptre broke, the teeming tomb, / The righteous Judge, and man's
- . . . . / Think deeply then, O man! how great thou
art, / Pay thyself homage with a trembling heart; . . . .
- [to 293] Lose not thy claim, let virtue's paths be trod / . . . . /
And God shine forth in one Eternal Day.
- The Institution and Solemnity of The Sabbath. Milton.
- And now on earth the seventh / Evening arose in Eden, for the sun / Was
set, and twilight from the east came on, / Fore-running night; when on the holy
mount / Of heaven's high-seated top, . . . So sung they, and the empyrean rung /
With hallelujahs: Thus was sabath kept.
- A Monumental Inscription on the Death of His Son. Janes. [NB: Compiler]
- The Grand Distinction between the Virtuous and the Wicket Reserved for
another State. Glynn.
- The Unreasonableness of Denying a Future State. Glynn.
- God Declares the Dreadful Consequence of Adam's Sin, to him and his
Posterity, Unless Satisfaction is made to his Justice, Which the Son of God
- Man disobeying, / Disloyal breaks his fealty, and sins / Against the high
supremacy of Heaven. . . . / / . . . but peace assur'd / And reconcilement;
wrath shall be no more / Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.
- Incidental Miseries Attendant on Poverty. [no auth]
- Pity the sorrows of a poor old man, / Whose trembling limbs have borne him
to your door; / Whose days are dwindled to the shortest span; / O give relief,
and Heaven will bless your store! [stanza 1]
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