BL 1570/1345

[This book was owned by Charlotte Mary Maitland--signature in front; no half-title.]

Poetical Selections Consisting of the Most Approved Pieces of our Best British Poets, Excellent Specimens of Fugitive Poetry, and Some Original Pieces,

By Cowper, Darwin, and others that have never before been published; Classically arranged under the following Titles:--

Martial, Rural & Descriptive, Legendary, Elegiac, Humourous, Sentimental and Pathetic, Including The Popular New Poems of THE BATTLES OF TALAVERA, The Statue of the Dying Gladiator, a Prize Poem, THE DEVILS WHO CATCH MEN, &c. &c.

Birmingham: Printed and published by Thomson and Wrightson, 73, New-Street, and sold by Longman and Co. J. Mawman, Vernor and Hood, and R. Scholey, London, and all other booksellers. 1811.


The nature and Genius of Poetry is so various and diffuse, comprehending within its range the awful grandeur of sublimity and the most familiar display of ludicrous description, to whose influences, also, the human heart presents an instrument, the diapason [?sic.] of which requires only to be touched to produce the most perfect and harmonious accordance of feeling, that any volume, which can embrace within its limits specimens of such beautiful varieties, compiled with taste and judgment, must ever be a desideratum in literature. Under this impression, the editor has formed his selection from the whole circle of poetic science, with the pieces arranged according to their evident nature, conceiving that, by a classification of this kind, they would form a volume more readily referred to, and which might be taken up to suit the present temper of every reader.

The editor, in the course of his work, has laboured under many disadvantages, from the almost exclusive occupation of his time in the more active engagements of life, and though his attempt, as a [iii / iv] literary one, is of the humblest kind, yet to come before the public in any shape, appeared to him so formidable, that he should have been deterred from publishing altogether, but from the cheering, though partial, approbation of some of his friends.

With whatever views the editor may contemplate the final fate of his little work;--whether it shall be buoyed up for awhile by the fine spring-gale of prosperity, or sink into (perhaps deserved) neglect and oblivion, yet he would be solicitous to avow the sincerity of his motive in thus endeavouring to add his small contribution to the support of Virtue and the Muses. He is aware that it is in Virtue we must look for solid and permanent happiness, and that the Muses may be made the distinguished medium of assisting a cause so sacred, by the facility with which they can call forth the best feelings of the human heart.--To the Muses he owes a thousand obligations: to their flights he attributes the happiest intervals of his existence, and by their influence he has trilled a song that has cheered frequent hours of solitude, and alleviated the bitterest moments of anguish.

To the errors and defects in this little volume, the editor requests the candor of the public; and though his exertions may fail to procure for him the aura popularis so desirable, yet he fondly hopes there my be some among the "discerning few" who may think his arrangement entitled to their approbation, and his faults to their indulgence. [iv.]



BATTLES of Talavera Anon. 1

["'Twas dark; from every mountain head"]

Ye Mariners of England Campbell 16

[title is first line]

Hohenlinden ditto 17(1)

["On Linden, when the sun was low,"]

Battle of the Baltic ditto 19 ["Of Nelson and the North"]

Bruce's Address to his Army Burns 21 [title continues: "at the Battle of Bannock-Burn."]

Battle of Alexandria Montgomery 22 ["Harp of Memnon! sweetly strung"]

Lines written before Flushing Anon. 25 ["Slow from the bosom of the silent deep,"]

Field of Battle Penrose 27 [v / vi] ["Faintly bray'd the battle's roar,"]

Rural and Descriptive.

Palestine Heber 29 ["Reft of thy sons, amid thy foes forlorn,"]

Passage of Mount St. Gothard Duchess of Devonshire 42 ["Ye plains, where three-fold harvests press the ground,"]

A Scene in Argyleshire Campbell 45

Autumn Radcliffe 46 ["Sweet Autumn! how thy melancholy grace / Steals on my heart, as thro' these shades I wind!"]

The Bat ditto 47 ["From haunt of man, from day's obtrusive glare, / Thou shroud'st thee in the ruin's ivied tow'r;"]

The Traveller Goldsmith 48

Evening Collins 59

To an Oak Rogers 61 ["Trunk of a giant now no more? / Once did thy limbs to heaven aspire;"]

Sketch of the Alps at Day Break ditto 62 ["The sun-beams streak the azure skies;"]

The Hamlet Warton ib.

Hymn to the Rising Sun Langhorne 64

Winter Piece Phillips 65 ["From frozen climes, and endless tracts of snow, / From streams which Northern winds forbid to flow"]

Walk in Spring Montomery 67 ["I wander'd in a lonely glade"]

Morning Landscape Blacket 71 ["Now the rosy orb of day"]

Mid-day ditto 73

Sunset ditto 74

Midnight ditto 75

To an early Primrose White 76 ["Mild offspring of a dark and sullen sire!"]

May-Day, a Pastoral Macneil ib. ["See! rob'd in new beauties, young May cheers the lawn!"]

Morning White 79 ["Beams of the day break faint! I hail / Your dubious hues, as on the robe / Of night, . . . "]

Lines written at the Cohos Moore 81 ["From the rise of morn till set of sun,"]

Autumn Dermody 82 ["Now when the sun with less enamour'd beam,"]

Winter,--a Dirge Burns 84

Grongar Hill Dyer 85

To a Fountain Logan 89

Spring Porter 91 ["A. M. Porter." "Green-rob'd goddess, fair and young,"]

Autumnal Evening Cobbold 92 [vi / vii] ["Slow rolls the tide advancing on the shore,"]

Ode to Leven Water Smollett 93

The Oak of our Fathers Anon. 94 ["Alas for the Oak of our Fathers that stood"]

The Happy Retreat Hill 95 ["High o'er the winding of a cliffy shore,"]

The Storm Hurdis 96 ["So from the shore they launch'd, / Bound to no port, but destin'd on a cruise"]

To a Spring Coleridge 98

November Perfect 99 ["Ah! whither the bright God of the Spring,"]

Peasant of the Alps Charlotte Smith 102

Morning and Evening Anon. 104 ["The glowing Morning, corwned with youthful roses,"]

Spring ditto 105 ["Borne on the earliest sunbeam, hither bring / Thy woodland wreath, soul-renovating Spring!"]

Autumnal Sketch ditto 107 ["Through forest paths, o'erstrewed with rustling leaves,"]


Lady of the Black Tower Robinson 109 ["Watch no more the twinkling stars"]

Lord Ullin's Daughter Campbell 117 ["A Chieftain to the Highlands bound,"]

The Turkish Lady ditto 119 ["'Twas teh hour when rites unholy"]

Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogene Lewis 120

Poor Mary the Maid of the Inn Southey 123

The Doublet of Grey Robinson 127 ["Beneath the tall turrets that nod o'er the dell"]

The Frith of Solway Scot 130

Dead Man's Island Moore 132 ["See you beneath yon cloud so dark,"]

The Vigil of St. Mark Montgomery 133 ["Returning from their evening walk,"]

The Prince of the Lake Porter 138 ["`The Princess Anne, to her bower gone,'"]

The Ring Holloway 141 ["The sea-gull wheel'd in circles low,"]

The Devils who catch Men Elton 143 ["In a rock was his mansion beside the hoarse main,"] [vii / viii]


Elegy on the Death of Lady Coventry Mason 146

Elegiac Stanzas to Fidele Dermody 150

Elegy on the Ruins of a Church Carter 151 [text says "Mrs. Carter"]

The Sailor Rogers 153

Elegy written at the Convent of Haut Villiers Whitehead 155

Elegy Langhorne 157

Elegy written in Jamaica Macneil 159

Elegiac Stanzas on myself Dermody 160

Elegy Miss Talbot 162

Elegy written in Spring Bruce 163

Elegy written on the Plains of Fontenoy Anna Matilda 166

Elegy written in a Country Church Yard Gray 168

Castle Building Anon. 172 ["Goddess of golden dreams! whose magic power"]

Elegy Gifford 175

The Huntsman's Dirge Waldron 176

A Dirge Chatterton 177

November, an Elegy Holford 179

Elegy Hunter 181


The Newcastle Apothecary Colman 182

Three Black Crows Byrom [sic.] 185

The Young Fly and the Old Spider Pindar 187 [viii / ix]

The Water Fiends Colman 188

A Court Audience Anon. 192 ["Old South, a witty churchman reckon'd, / Was preaching once to Charles the Second;"]

The Elder Brother Colman 193

The Pilgrims and the Peas Pindar 200

Frank Haman Taylor 202

The Jewess and her Son Pindar 205

The Razor Seller ditto 206

Moses Mousetrap Anon. 208 ["Sequester'd in a silent vale,"]

Tinker and Glazier Harrison 211

Report of an Adjudged Case Cowper 214

The Petit-Maitre and Man on the Wheel Pindar 215

The Press Warrant Anon. 216

As Tom Bowling was prowling the streets with his gang,

Such fellows to press as would otherwise hang;

He spy'd one he thought who would answer hsi end,

And, slapping his shoulder, cry'd, "What ship, my friend?"

"You mistake," said the man, "sir, you cannot take me!

I can prove how I live; so by law I am free."

"Your law," said rough Tom, "I am not very apt in;

That's a thing which we leave to the reg'lating Captain;

But this I know well, that whate'er you can say,

I've a warrant to press, and so you must away."

Then straight with their prey, they set off to the boat,

And his children and wife left to sink or to float.

A Frenchman, attentive, observ'd all that past,

And thus to his friends, he broke silence at last:

"Now sir, pray you tell me, en vérité,

Vat vas, you tink now, of your grand liberté?

You make de great joke of de lettre de cachet;

Ma foi, de press-varrant vill very vell match it."

Sentimental and Pathetic

The Cast-away Cowper 217

The Passions Collins 220 ["THE PASSIONS. An Ode for Music."]

The Statue of the Dying Gladiator, a Prize Poem Chinnery 223 [text says, "a prize poem at Oxford," which means it wasn't a woman.]

Ditto Ditto (not a Prize Poem) Anon. 225 ["Imperial Rome and trophied Greece no more / O'er prostrate realms their conqu'ring legions pour;"]

To Sleep Currie 227

Ellen Smyth 228

The cast-away Ship Montgomery 229

The Sequel ditto 232

To Delia Sheridan 233

Lines left in a Grotto ditto 234

Remembrance Darwin 236

To Mary in Heaven Burns ib. [ix / x]

Eliza Opie 234

Pilgrim's Farewell Robinson 238

The Soldier's Dream Campbell 240

Stanzas, written over the grave of an Officer Robinson 241

The Mariner Radcliffe 242 [text says: "Ann Radcliffe."]

Exile of Erin Campbell ib.

Stanzas, written for the Shrine of Bertha Robinson 244

The Butterfly to his Love Radcliffe 246 ["Ann"]

Ode to Melancholy Carter 248

Reflections Robinson 250

Shipwreck Radcliffe 253 ["Ann"]

Ode Carter ib.

To Melancholy Radcliffe 255 [in text, it says "Ann Radcliffe."]

Pious Memory Dodd 256

The Fugitive Robinson 258

The Poplars Felled Cowper 260

The Orphan Boy Thelwall 261

Thoughts at Midnight 264

The Orphans Anon. 265 ["My chaise the village inn did gain, / Just as the setting sun's last ray . . ."]

Lines written on the Sea Shore Carter 268

To-morrow Cotton 269

Pity's Tear Anon. 70 ["What falls so sweet on summer flow'rs / As soft, refreshing, tepid show'rs? / What bids the bud its sweets exhale . . . "]

The Virgin's first Love Opie 271

The Sigh Coleridge 272 ["When youth his fairy reign began,"]

Character of the Fair Sex Ledyard 273

The Disabled Soldier Anon. 274 ["The sun was just retir'd, the dews of eve / Their glow-worm lustre scatter'd o'er the vale;"]

The Superannuated Horse ditto 277 ["THE SUPERANNUATED HORSE / To his Master, / Who had sentenced him to die at the end of Summer. / Anonymous. / And hast thou fix'd my doom, sweet master, say? / And wilt thou kill thy servant old and poor?"]

To Mary Byrom 278 ["Yet all this giddy waste of years,"]

To Memory Anon. 279 ["OH! when the vernal bloom of life is past; These flowerets withered which my path adorn;"]

Birth-day Retrospect ditto 280 ["Thus far life's little journey through, / Of scenes for ever gone / I'll take one retrospective view, / Before I speed me on."]

The Flower Lawson 282

Song from afar Smith 284

Moral Stanzas Talbot 285

Peace and Glory Moore 286 [x / xi]

To the Herb Rosemary White 287

Stanzas Moore 288

The Close of Life Anon. 289 [Ep. "`The parting spirit struggled to be free.' / Of life, the last soul-winged sigh / Was flutt'ring to depart--"]

The Wounded Hussar Campbell 291

Lines written on the Grave of a Suicide ditto 292

Lines written at Midnight Rogers 293

Resignation Chatterton ib.

Fancy Anon. 296 ["When every passion sunk to rest"]

The Complaint of Colms Anon. 297. [end] ['Tis night; and on the hill of storms"]


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