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.


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 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.
These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, / Almighty!
ADAM'S RELATION TO RAPHAEL of the First Survey He Took of Himself, Milton.
[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.
O MISERABLE of happy! is this the end / Of this new glorious world . . . [23-28]
The hour precise / Exacts our parting hence; and see the guards, . . . [28-30]

[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. Thomson.
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 auth]
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 praise!
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. Tickell.
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 Lyttelton.
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 eternal doom.
[292]. . . . / 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 Undertakes. Milton.
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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