ETC reel 3946, no. 01
London: Printed for J. Dodsley, MDCCLXXXII
[No table of contents]
The intent of the following Volumes is to preserve to the Public those poetical performances, which seemed to merit a longer remembrance than what would probably be secured to them by the MANNER wherein they were originally published. This design was first suggested to the Editor, as it was afterwards conducted, by the opinions of some Gentlemen, whose names it would do him the highest honour to mention. He desires in this place also to make his acknowledgments to the Authors of several pieces inserted in these Volumes, which never were before in print; and which, he is persuaded, would be thought to add credit to the most judicious collection of this kind in our lan- [1 / 2]guage. He hath nothing farther to premise, but that the Reader must no expect to be pleased with every particular poem which is here presented to him. It is impossible to furnish out an entertainment of this nautre, where every part shall be relished by every guest: it will be sufficient, if nothing is set before him, but what has been approved by those of the most acknowledged taste.
[for the list of poems given in the index, see p. 274 of the article by Robert W. Chapman, "Dodsley's Collection of Poems by Several Hands," Oxford Bibliographic Society Publications 3/3 (1933): 269-316.]
[NB: Vol. 1 of the 1782 Dodsley is identical to Vol. 1 of the 1783 Pearch.]
[for contents, see Chapman 378.]
An Ode On a Distant Prospect of Eton College. Written in 1742. By Mr. Graya.
aThomas Gray, the son of Mr. Philip Gray, a scrivener of London, was born Nov. 26, 1716. His grammatical education he received as [sic.] Eton, under Mr. Antrobus, his mother's borther; and he left [p. 275 / 276] school, in 1734, entered a pensioner at Peter-house in Cambridge. AFter continuing there about five years, he accepted an invitation from his school-fellow, Mr. Horace Walpole, to accompany him on his travels. They accordingly visited France and Italy together; but a difference arising between them, they separated, and Mr. Gray returned to England alone. Soon afterwards he lost his father, who left him in circumstances so narrow, that he found himself obliged to relinquish the study of the law, to which he had proposed to devote himself, and retire to Cambridge, where he resided, with only one interval, during the rest of his life. The college which he first made choice of was Peter-house; but being offended at some liberties taken with him by a few young men in that society, he removed in 1756 to Pembroke College. In 1762 he applied for the professorship of modern languages without success, but obtained it in 1768 without solicitation . H had some time been afflicted with the gout, a disorder which, in spite of the most rigid temperance, gained ground upon his constitution, and in the end falling upon his stomach, put a period to his life, July 30, 1771. His character, both as a writer and a man, is sufficiently known from the lives of him by Mr. Mason and Dr. Johnson. [p. 276]
A Monody On the Death of Queen Caroline. By Richard Westa, Esq; Son to the Chancellor of Ireland, and Grandson to Bishop Burnet.
aThis young gentleman, who was educated at Eton, and Christ Church Oxford, was the intimate friend of Mr. Gray and Mr. Horace Walpole. [p. 286 / 287]He was intended for the profession of the Law, but declined the pursuit partly from a dislike of it, and partly from ill health. He died at Pope's, in Hatfield, of a consumption, 1 June 1742, in the 26th year of his age. [p. 287]
A Pipe of Tobacco: In Imitation of Six Several Authors. By Isaac Hawkins Browne, Esq.*
*Isaac Hawkins Browne was born at Burton upon Trent, 21 January 1705-6. He received his grammatical education first at Litchfield [p. 293 / 294] and then at Westminster, where he was equally distinguished for the brilliancy of his parts and the steadiness of his application. When he was little more than sixteen years of age he was removed to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he remained util he had taken his degree of Master of Arts. In May 1724, King George the First established at both universities a foundation for the study of modern history and languages, with the design of qualifying young men for employments at court, and foreign embassies. On this foundation Mr. Browne was selected as one of the first scholars. About 1727 he settled at Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the Bar, at which he continued several years; but never arrived at any eminence in the practical part of his profession. He was twice chosen member of Parliament for the borough of Wenlock in Shropshire, and died 14 February 1760, in the 55th year of his age. The idea of hte above imitations was first suggested by Dr. John Hoadly, who was the author of the first of them, though it afterwards received so much alteration from Mr. Browne, that he had fairly made it his own, as the Dr. used to acknowledge.
The Shepherd's Farewell to his Love. Being the same Ode. Translated by Mr. Roderick*.
*Richard Roderick, Fellow of Magdalen College in Cambridge and of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies. He assisted Mr. Edwards in compiling the Canons of Criticism, and died 20 July 1756. 
Sonnets. By T. Edwards, Esqa. Sonnet I. To Philip Yorke, Esq; now Earl of Hardwicke.
O Yorke, whom virtue makes the worthy heir
Of Hardwicke's titles, and of Kent'sb estate,
. . . .
aThomas Edwards, Esq; was a Barrister of Lincoln's Inn, and the son and grandson of two gentlemen, who had practiced the law with success. He was educated at Eton, from whence he removed to King's College, Cambridge; after which he settled in Lincoln's Inn. He spent the last seventeen years of his life principally at Turrick in Buckinghamshire; but dies while on a visit to Mr. Richardson, at Parson's Green, 3d of January 1757, aged 58 years. He was the author of The Canons of Criticism.
bLord Hardwicke married Lady Jemima Campbell, only daugher of John Earl of Breadalbin, by the Lady Amabel Grey, eldest daughter and co-heir of Henry de Grey, Duke of Kent. 
[for contents of vol. 3, see Chapman, pp. 281-2; what follows are some of the footnotes on authors.]
An Epistle From a Swiss Officer to his Friend at Rome. By Joseph Spence, M. Aa.
aJoseph Spence was Fellow of New College, Oxford, where he took the degree of M.A. Nov. 2, 1727; and in that year published his Essay on Pope's Odyssey. On 11 July, 1728, he was elected poetry professor at Oxford, an office which he held ten years. He travelled with the present duke of Newcastle (then earl of Lincoln) into Italy; and during the tour collected materials for his great work, Polymetis. He quitted [60 / 61] his fellowship at New College in 1742, on being presented by that society to the rectory of Great Horwood in Buckinghamshire. In June, the same year, he succeeded Dr. Holmes as his Majesty's professor of modern history at Oxford. On 24 May, 1754, he was installed prebendary of the seventh stall at Durham, and died 20th August, 1768. The manner of his death could only be conjectured, but is generally supposed to have been occasioned by a fist, while he was standing near the brink of the water; as he was found flat upon his face, where the water was too shallow to cover his head or any part of his body. 
The Two Beavers. A Fable. By the Rev. Mr. Stephen Ducka.
aStephen Duck was the son of parents, whose low situation in life afforded them no means of giving him other than a very slight education. He was born about the year 1705, near Clarendon Park in Wiltshire, and in his early years was employed in the most laborious branches of husbandry; from which, when he was obliged to derive his subsistence, he could obtain no more than four shillings and six pence a week. He married when very young; but, though depressed by poverty, his inclination towards letters was too strong to be extinguished by the obstacles [p. 121 / p. 122] which fortune threw in his way. By increasing his labour, he furnished himself with a few books, and devoted all his leisure hours to the cultivation of his mind. His intense application was crowned with success. He acquired a taste for polite literature, and in a short time began to write verses. These, by being talked of in his neighbourhood, came at length th the knowledge of the earl of Macclesfield, who introduced him to the queen, under whose protection he was immediately taken. His munificent patroness settled upon him an allowance of 30 pounds a year, with a small house at Richmond, which was afterwards exchanged for the custody of Merlin's cave, in Richmond gardens. He was, in 1733, made one of they yeomen of the guards; but by the advice of his friends, abandoned that line of life, and devoted himself to the church. In July, 1746, he entered into priest's orders; Nov. 1750, was appointed chaplain of Ligonier's regiment of dragoons; and in Aug. 1751, became preacher at Kew chapel: about December teh same year, he was presented to the living of Byfleet in Surry, which, as it gave him independence, seemed to promise him happiness during the remainder of his life. This, however, was not its effect: he sunk into a melancholy state of mind; and on the 30th March, 1756, after having been to view the barn where he had formerly worked, he stopped at a bridge near Reading, on his return home, and put an end to his life by throwing himself from it. 
To Mr. Foxa, written at Florence. . . . By Lord Herveyb.
aAfterwards Earl of Ilchester. He died Sept. 29, 1776.
bJohn lord Hervey was the second son of the first earl of Bristol, and, on the death of his elder brother, heir to the title. He was born Oct. 15, 1696, and on the 7th Nov. 1714, became gentleman of the bed-chamber to the Prince of Wales, afterwards King George the Second. In the year 1725, he was chosen member for Saint Edmund's Bury, which place he continued to represent until he was called up to the House of Lords. On the 6th May, 1730, he was appointed vice-chamberlain of his Majesty's household; and during the remainder of Sir Robert Walpole's administration, shewed himself a firm and steady friend and adherent to him and his measures. On the 12th June 1733 he was called up to the House of Lords; and on 1 May 1740 had the custody of the privy seal delivered to him. He continued in office until the dismission of his friend the minister, to whose fortune he had attached himself, and with whom he resigned his post. He died in the life-time of his father, Aug. 5, 1743. Mr. Pope's character of him, under the name of Sporus, is exceedingly severe, and too well known to need repeating in this place. 
The Estimate of Life, in three parts. A Poem: By John Gilbert Cooper, Esqa.
aJohn Gilbert Cooper, jun. of Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire, was the son of a gentleman of family and fortune. After passing through Westminster school, he became fellow commoner of Trinity college, Cambridge, and resided there two or three years. Soon afterwards he married, and settled at his family seat, where he died in April 1769, after a long and excruciating illness arising from the stone.
Song. To Sylvia. By D. Garrick, Esqa.
aThe ornament of the English stage. He died 20 January, 1779. 
The Cave of Pope. A Prophecy. By Robert Dodsley.a
aThe modest and ingenious collector of these volumes. He was born in 1703, acquired a handsome fortune as a bookseller, and died at the house of his friend Mr. Spence, at Durham, 25 September 1764. He was the author of several dramatic and other pieces, which are collected in two volumes, under the title of Trifles.  [Ends with engraving of a bust of Pope, 361.]
[for contents, see Chapman on pp. 284-6; the 2nd ed. of vol. 4 that I saw, the 1755 edition, is identical to this 1782 vol. 4.]
Elegy. To Miss Dashwood. In the Manner of Ovid. By Mr. Hammonda.
a This gentleman, says Dr. Johnson, was the second son of Anthony Hammond, a man of note among the wits, poets, and parliamentary orators in the beginning of this century, who was allied to Sir Robert Walpole by marrying his sister. He was born about 1710, and educated at Westminster- school; but it does not appear that he was of any university. He was equerry to the Prince of Wales, and seems to have come very early into publick notice, and to have been distinguished by those whose patronage and friendship prejudiced mankind at that time in favour of those on whom they were bestowed; for he was the [p. 80 / 81] companion of Cobham, Lyttelton, and Chesterfield. He is said to have divided his life between pleasure and books, in his retirement forgetting the town, and in his gaiety losing the student. Of his literary hours, The Love Elegies and the present Poem are the most material. In 1741 he was chosen into Parliament for Truro in Cornwall; being probably one of those who were elected by the Prince's influence; and died next year in June, at Stowe, the famous seat of the Lord Cobham. His mistress, the lady to whom this Elegy is addressed, long out- lived him, and in 1779 died unmarried. The character which her lover bequeathed her was indeed not likely to attract courtship. 
Epistles in the Manner of OVID. Monimia to Philoclesa. By the same. [Note a is mistakenly called b at the bottom.]
b This Epistle, which Mr. Walpole says is the best of Lord Hervey's Poems, was designed for Miss Sophia Howe, Maid of Honour, to the Honourable Antony Lowther.
The Squire of Dames. A Poem. In Spenser's Stile, By Moses Mendez Esq.a
a Of Mitcham in Surry, a gentleman of the Jewish religion, author of three dramatick pieces, a poem called Henry and Blanche, printed in 4to, 1746, and several other performances scattered in different miscellanies. On the 19th of June, 1750, he was created M. A. by the university of Oxford. He is supposed to have been the richest poet of his time, being possessed at the time of his death, 4th of February, 1758, of not less than one hundred thousand pounds. [127; like the other of Mendez's Spenserian imitations in Pearch, this poem has a Glossary at the end, p. 160.]
[Lady Mary Wortley Montagu has no footnote; neither does Samuel Johnson, although the content notes are substantial for his imitation of Juvenal, "The Vanity of Human Wishes," but no Latin text is quoted.]
[Thomas Warton's "The Pleasures of Melancholy" is in here, pp. 224-235; there is no footnote on Warton.]
To Lady Herveya. [not an author note; a note on the woman being written to.] By Mr. de Voltaire.
a Mary, daughter to Brigadier-General Nicholas Le Pell. She married the 25th of October, 1720, John, afterwards Lord Hervey, eldest son to the Earl of Bristol, who died in the life-time of his father. Of this lady, Lord Chesterfield writing to his son says, "She has been all her life at courts; of which she has acquired all the easy good breeding and politeness, without the frivolousness. She has all the reading that a woman should have; and more than any woman need have; for she understands Latin perfectly well, though she wisely conceals it. No woman ever had more than she has, le ton de la parfaitment bonne commpagnie, les manieres engageantes et je ne scais [sic.] quoi qui plait." She died September 2, 1768.
On Sir ROBERT WALPOLE's Birth-day, August the 26th. By the Honourable Mr. Dodingtona, afterwards Lord Melcombe.
a George Bubb, Esq; who, on the death of George Dodington, of Gunwill, in Dorsetshire, succeeded to his estate, and thereupon assumed his name. He was frequently employed in negotiations abroad, and held several lucrative and honourable posts under government. On the 3d of April, 1761, he was created a peer by the title of Baron Melcombe, and died July 28, 1762.
The Lawyer's Farewell to his Muse. Written in the Year 1744. By Sir William Blackstonea, Knt.
a This accomplished lawyer was born in Cheapside, 10th of July, 1723, and was the youngest son of Mr. Charles Blackstone, who carried on the business of a silkman. At the age of seven years he was put to school at te Charter-house, and in 1735 admitted on the foundation there by the nomination of Sir Robert Walpole. On the 30th of November, 1738, he was entered a commoner at Pembroke College, Oxford, was matriculated the next day, and in February following elected [p. 240 / 241] to one of Lady Holford's exhibitions for Charter-house scholars. Determining to make choice of the law for his profession, he entered himself in the Middle Temple the 20th of November, 1741. In November, 1743, he was elected into the society of All Souls College. On the 12th of June, 1745, he commenced Batchelor of the Civil Law; and on the 28th of November, 1746, was called to the bar. He proceeded, 26th of April, 1750, Doctor of Civil Law; and having attended the courts at Westminster with little success, he in 1753 determined to retire to an academical life. He accordingly, in Michaelmas Term that year, began to read lectures on the laws of England at Oxford. On the 22nd of October, 1758, he was unanimously elected Vinerian Professor of the Common Law at that university. In the succeeding year he returned to the practice of his profession in London; and in Michaelmas Term resumed his attendance at Westminster, where his merit was know both known and rewarded. On the 28th of July, 1761, he was appointed principal of New Inn Hall; and on the establishment of the Queen's family was named Solicitor General to her Majesty. In 1766 he resigned his post in the university of Oxford; and on the 9th of February, 1770, was nominated a Judge in the Common Pleas; but, to accommodate Sir Joseph Yates, consented to accept a seat in the Court of King's Bench, from whence he was soon removed to the place of his original destination. From this period to the time of his death he devoted his attention to the service of the public, and the duties of domestic life. About Christmas, 1779, he was seized with a violent shortness of breath, from which he in some measure recovered; but the disorder returning with fresh vigour, it brought on a drowsiness and stupor, which put an end to his life, on the 14th of February, 1780, in the 56th year of his age. 
An Ode to the Right Honourable Stephen Poyntz, Esq; &c. &c. By the Honourable Sir Charles Han. Williamsa, Knt. of the Bath.
a Sir Charles Hanbury Williams was the second son of John Hanbury, Esq; a South Sea director. In 1735 he was chosen member for [p. 257 / 258] the county of Monmouth, and was re-elected in 1739, on being appointed paymaster of the marine regiments, and again at the general election in 1741. On the 20th of October, 1744, he was installed a Knight of the Bath, and in 1746 appointed minister to the court of Berlin. He continued inthat situation until the 9th of May, 1749, when he was named envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the same court. In 1754 he represented the borough of Leominster, and about that time went ambassador to the court of Russia. He acquitted himself in his several employments abroad with considerable abilities; but falling into an ill state of health, he returned to England, and died the 2d of November, 1759.
Rural Elegance: An Ode to the Duchess of Somerseta. Written in 1750. By William Shenstone, Esq; [no note on him]
a Frances, eldest daughter of the honourable Henry Thynne, only son of Thomas first Viscount Weymouth. She was married to Algernon Earl of Hertford afterwards Duke of Somerset, and died at Percy Lodge [p. 1 / 2] July 7, 1754. She was the intimate friend of Mrs. Rowe, on whose death she wrote some verses, and likewise was author of the Epistles signed Cleora, in the Collection of Letters from the Living to the Dead. Mr. Walpole says, she had as much taste for the writings of others as modesty about her own.
To a Lady of Qualitya, Fitting up her Library, 1738. By the Same.
Ah! what is Science, what is Art,
Or what the pleasure these impart?
Ye trophies which the Learn'd pursue
Through endless fruitless toils, adieu!
What can the tedious tomes bestow,
To soothe the miseries they show?
What, like the bliss for him decreed,
Who tends his flock, and tunes his reed!
Say, wretched Fancy! thus refin'd
From all that glads the simplest hind,
How rare that object, which supplies
A charm for too discerning eyes!
a Lady Luxborough. [p. 25 / p. 26]
The polish'd bard, of genius vain,
Endures a deeper sense of pain:
As each invading blast devours
The richest fruits, the fairest flow'rs.
Sages, with irksome waste of time,
The steep ascent of Knowledge climb:
Then, from the tow'ring heights they scale,
Behold Contentment range--the vale.
Yet why, Asteria, tell us why
We scorn the crowd, when you are nigh:
Why then does reason seem so fair,
Why learning then deserve our care?
Who can unpleas'd your shelves behold,
While you so fair a proof unfold,
What force the brightest genius draws
From polish'd Wisdom's written laws?
Where are our humbler tenets flown?
What strange perfection bids us own
That Bliss with toilsome Science dwells,
And happiest he, who most excels?
The Beau to the Virtuosos; alluding to a Proposal for the Publication of a Set of Butterfliesa. By the Same.
a By Mr. Wilkes. This Proposal is alluded to in another of Mr. Shenstone's Poems. See The Progress of Taste. Vol. I. p. 280. 8vo Edition. [Dodsley ref'ing Shenstone's Works.]
To the Lady Fanea, on her Grotto at Basilden. 1746. By Mr. Graves. [no note on him]
a Mary, youngest daughter of Alexander Stanhope, Esq.; and sister of James, the first Earl of Stanhope. She married Charles Viscount Fane, and died August 17th, 1762. Basilden is situated on the Thames, about eight miles N.W. of Reading. It had formerly been a seat belonging to the old Earls of Bath.
Transcrib'd from the Rev. Mr. Pixel'sa Parsonage Garden Near Birmingham, 1757.
a See Shenstone's Letters, p. 181. 8vo. edition. 
Some Reflections upon Hearing the Bell Toll for the Death of a Friend. By Mr. J. Gilesa.
a Mr. Joseph Giles resided some time at Birmingham, and lived in terms of intimacy with Mr. Shenstone. To this gentleman he was indebted for correcting his poems, of which a volume in 8vo was printed in the year 1771. 
Vacunaa. By Dr. Sneyd Daviesb, 1739.
a The goddess of Leisure.
b Fellow of King's College Cambridge, afterwards rector of Kinsland in Herefordshire, prebendary of Litchfield, and arch- deacon of Derby. He died February 6, 1769. 
On John Whalleya Ranging Pamphlets. By the Same.
a Felllow of King's College, Cambridge; an ingenious poet, and the Publisher of two collections of poems. 
Song. By Mrs. Pilkingtona.
Stella and Flavia every hour
Do various hearts surpize:
In Stella's soul lies all her power;
And Flavia's, in her eyes.
a This song has been generally ascribed to Mrs. Barber. It is here on very good authority restored to the real authoress. [118 / 119]
More boundless Flavia's conquests are,
And Stella's more confin'd;
All can discerna face that's fair,
But few a lovely mind.
Stella, like Britain's monarchs reigns
O'er cultivated lands;
Like eastern tyrants Flavia deigns
To rule o'er barren sands.
Then boast not, Flavia, thy fair face,
Thy beauty's only store;
Thy charms will every day decrease,
Each day gives Stella more. 
Verses spoken by the King's Scholars at Westminster, at their Annual Feast, on Queen Elizabeth's Birth-day, 1729-30. By Marius D'Assignya.
a One of the ushers of Westminster School. These verses have sometimes been attributed to Dr. Robert Freind. 
A Letter to Sir Robert Walpole. By Henry Fielding, Esq;a
a The excellent author of Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews, &c. He died at Lisbon, 8th Oct. 1754.
Ode to Death. Translated from the French of the King of Prussia. By Dr. Hawkeswortha.
a Dr. John Hawkesworth was born about the year 1719, and was bred to the law; a profession which he soon relinquished. At the latter part of his life he was one of the Directors of the East India Company, and died Nov. 17, 1773.
The Grottoa. Written by Mr. Green of the Custom-House, under the Name of Peter Drake, a Fisherman of Brentford. Printed in the Year 1732, but not published.
a A building in Richmond Gardens, erected by Queen Caroline, and committed to the custody of Stephen Duck. At the time this poem was written many other verses appeared on the same subject. [lots of content notes.]
A Fit of the Spleen. In Imitation of Shakespeare. By Dr. Ibbota.
a Dr. Benjamin Ibbot, the son of a clergyman, was born at Beachamwell, in Norfolk, about 1680, and admitted of Clare-hall, Cambridge, 25th July, 1695. He took the degree of B. A. in 1699, and that of M.A. in 1703. He was patronised by the archbishop Tennison, who made him his chaplain, treasurer of the church of Wells, and rector of the united parishes of ST. Vedasts, alias Fosters, and St. Michael Querne. The King appointed him one of his chaplains in ordinary in 1716, and the year following he had his mandate for the degree of D.D. He afterwards became the rector of St. Paul's, Shadwell, preacher-assistant at St. James's, in Westminster, and was installed a prebendary in the collegiate church of St Peter therein, on the 26th November, 1724; but being then in an ill state of health, he retired for the recovery of it to Camberwell, where he died, 5th April, 1725.
A Letter to Corinna from a Captain in Country Quartersa. By Isaac Hawkins Browne, Esq.
a The writer of Mr. Browne's Life in the Biographia Britannica, vol. II.p.652. observed that the publication of this Poem hath been objected to, but without sufficient reason. "The irony is so obvious, that it cannot well be mistaken. The fact was, that a young officer, a friend of Mr. Browne's . . . . [226.]
Ode to a Thrush. By Miss Penningtona.
a Daughter of the Rev. Mr. Pennington, rector of Huntingdon. This young lady died in the year 1759, aged 25. She wrote a Parody on Philips's Splendid Shilling, printed in Dilly's "Repository," vol. I. and is celebrated by Mr. Duncombe in the Feminead. 
[see Chapman 289-92.]
[Between last poem and Index to vol. 6:
Having now, by the advice and assistance of my friends, brought this Collectio of Poems to a competent size, it has been thouught proper that the farther progress of its growth should here be stopp'd. From the loose and fugitive pieces, some printed, others in manuscript, which for forty or fifty years past have been thrown into the world, and carelessly left to perish; I have here, according to the most judicious opinions I could obtain in distinguishing their merits, endeavour'd to select and preserve the best. The favourable reception wich the former volumes have met with, demands my warmest acknowledgements, and calls for all my care in compleating the Collection; and in this respect, if it appear that I have not been altogether negligent, I shall hope to be allowed the merit, which is all I claim, of having furnished to the Public an elegant and polite Amusment. Little more need be added, than to return my thanks to several ingenious friends, who have obligingly contributed to this Entertainment. If the reader should happen to find, what I hope he seldom will, any pieces which he may think unworthy of having been inserted; as it would ill become me to attribute his dislike of them to his own want of Taste, so I am too conscious of my own deficiencies not to allow him to impute the insertion of them to mine. 
[This postscript first appears in the 1758 ed. of volume six.]
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