1803

2805 e.1666 (Bodleian)

Beauties of British Poetry.

Selected by Sidney Melmoth, Esq.

Second Edition.(1)

Huddersfield: printed and sold by Brook and Lancashire. Sold also by T. Hurst, Crosby & Co. and T. Ostell, Booksellers, London. Price Five Shillings in Boards. 1803

ADVERTISEMENT.

[A2r:] Among the many Selections of British Verse, scarcely one will be found, in which the Beauties of our ancient and modern Bards are indiscriminately commixed, or wherein the Compiler has taken sufficient pains to introduce only those who bear the indelible stamp of spueriorty, and which are never reviewed but with increased pleasure and admiration.

Without considering what period gave them birth, and directed, in great measure [A2v:] by the opinion of CONNOISSEURS of acknowledged celebrity, the Compiler of the present Edition, wandering in the grand Paterre of Genius, and attentive to the different Tastes and Dispositions of Mankind, has collected a BOUQUET which, he flatters himself, will not be unacceptable to the Lovers of the British Muse, or unedifying to those whose attention may have been led, by pursuits of another description, from the study of this distinguished branch of Polite Literature.

[NB: This is obviously a collection motivated by pity for the poor and downtrodden. Contents begins A3r:]

CONTENTS.

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1. The Traveller . . . . Goldsmith

13. Poor Mary, the Maid of the Inn . . . . Lewis

16. To a Fly, taken out of a Bowl of Punch . . . P. Pindar [John Wolcott]

18 Character of the fair Sex. . . Ledyard.

19 The Jewess and her Son. . .Peter Pindar

- The Wedding Day. . . Hill.

21. To a young Ass. . . S.T. Coleridge.

22. The Lion. . . Collins.

23. The Happy Retreat. . . . Hill.

24. Ronald and Dorna . . . Idem.

25. Celadon and Amelia . . . Thomson.

26. Crazy Kate . . . Cowper.

27. Sonnet . . . Roscoe.

28. The Country Ball . . . Pye.

29. The Country Fair . . . Idem.

30. The Captive Trumpeter . . . Somerville.

-- To a Kiss . . . Peter Pindar.

31. The disabled Soldier . . . Anon.

34. The Gipsies . . . Cowper.

35. The Indian Philosopher . . . Watts.

37. Palemon and Anna . . . Falconer.

40. The power of Innocence . . . Anon.

42. To an amiable Girl . . . Charlotte Smith.

43. Ode to Wisdom . . . Miss Carter.

46. The Storm . . . Hurdis.

48. The Petit-maitre & the Man on the Wheel . . . Peter Pindar.

49. The Pilgrims and the Peas . . . Idem.

50. Damon and Musidora . . .Thomson.

53. A Rasor-Seller and Country Bumkin . . . Peter Pindar.

55. The Post Boy . . . Cowper.

58. The Forest Boy . . . Charlotte Smith.

61. Ode to the Glow-worm . . . Peter Pindar.

62. The Fell'd Grove . . . Cowper.

__ A true Story of an Apparition . . . Gay.

66. The Gipsey . . . Bray.

69. A Botany Bay Eclogue . . . Southey.

70. Ode, in Imitation of Horace . . . W. Hastings.

73. Superanuated Horse . . . Anon.

74. Canzonet . . . Hurdis.

76. Sonnet . . . Anon.

-- The Press Warrant . . . Idem.

78. Three Black Crows . . . Byrom. [it is an "m"]

79. Bad Company; or, the Magpye . . . Anon.

82. The good Preacher . . . Cowper.

83. The Contrast . . . Idem

84. Pig and Magpye . . . P. Pindar.

85. The Peasant of Aubrun . . . Coombe.

91. The Student . . . Græme.

94. Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogine . . . G. P. Lewis, Esq.

97. Verses, written near Constantinople . . . Lady Montague.

100. The Poet and Spider . . . Anon.

101. The Parish Poor-house . . . Crabbe.

102. The Unfortunate Fair . . . Southey.

103. On viewing the Ruins of an Abbey . . . Scott.

104. The young Author . . . Johnson.

105. The Hamlet . . . T. Warton.

107. The Hermit . . . Beattie.

108. Address to Happiness . . . Hurdis.

109. Ode to Content . . . Mrs. Barbauld

111. The Welchman and the Pullet. . . . P. Pindar.

113. Edwin and Angelina . . . Goldsmith.

117. Ode to Innocence . . . P. Pindar.

119. To a Spring, in a beautiful Village . . . S. T. Coleridge.

121. Birth of Man . . . Dryden.

-- Verses from Peru, a Poem . . . Miss Williams

123. The Sailor, an Elegy . . . Rogers.

-- The Country Apothecary . . . Crabbe.

[A4]

125. The Three Warnings . . . Mrs. Piozzi.

128. The African Boy . . . Cowper

129. Description of a Smith . . . Hurdis.

131. Azid . . . P. Pindar.

132. Distinction of Ages . . . Hill.

133. A Fragment, on the Death of the Scotch Poet Burns . . . Anon.

134. The Philosopher . . . Idem. ["Happy the man, old Solon cry'd, / Who with his farm content, / Can smile at Croesus' pomp and pride, / From his low tenement . . . ."

136.The Lass of Fair Wone . . . From Burgher

141. The Queen of France to her Children, just before her Execution . . . P. Pindar.

142.Good Friday. . . . Idem.

143. Laura . . . Mrs. Opie.

-- The long Vacation . . . Anon.

146. Pleasures of Memory . . . S. Rogers, Esq.

148. On a Bee, stifled in Honey . . . Anon.

149. On a Tuft of early Violets . . . W. Gifford, Esq.

150. A Wish . . . S. Rogers, Esq.

151. The Dog and the Water Lily . . . Cowper.

152. Elegy to Pity. . . Anon.

154.The Lady's Looking-glass . . . Prior.

155. The Thief . . . Anon.

157. The Bowling-green . . . Somerville.

162. On Aurelia's Blushing . . . Anon.

163. The young Fly and the old Spider . . . P. Pindar

164. To Henry . . . Eliza.

166. From Pleasures of Memory . . . Rogers.

167. The Sigh . . . S. T. Coleridge.

168. The Thresher . . . Cowper.

169. Verses from Italy . . . Addison.

173. Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College . . . Gray.

176. Ode on the Death of a favourite Cat . . . Idem.

177. Little Mouths . . . Anon.

178. Anna; or, the Complaint . . . Mrs. Moody.

180. Epitaph . . . P. Pindar.

181. The fair Pilgrim . . . Dafyd ap Guilym.

185. Address to Life . . . Anon.

186. On Partridge Shooting . . . Idem.

188. The Toper and the Flies . . . P. Pindar.

-- Sheep-Shearing . . . Dyer

190. Elegy to a young Nobleman . . . Mason.

192. A Court Audience . . . Anon.

-- Epigram . . . Anon.

193. The Garland . . . Prior.

194. Verses from Copenhagen . . . Philips.

196. Virtue and Ornament . . . Anon. ["Addressed to the Ladies."]

197.Duncan's Warning . . . Aikin

199. The Maniac . . . C. Lloyd.

200. On Spectacles . . . Anon. [glasses]

201. The Kiss . . . S. T. Coleridge

202. Epitaph on a poor, but honest Man . . . Anon.

203. L'Amour . . . Idem.

205. The Gentleman and his Wife . . . P. Pindar.

206. To a Coquette . . . Anon.

207. Grongar-Hill . . . Idem. [on the poem page it says "Dyer"]

211. The Butterfly and Bee . . . Whitehead.

-- The Rose . . . Philips.

212. Elegy on the Death of a mad Dog . . . Goldsmith.

213. The poor Curate . . . Dean Swift.

-- To a young Man . . . Duncan.

215. The Miser's Wonder . . . Anon.

217. Elegy on the Death of Burns Roscoe.

221. Evening Contemplations in a College . . . Duncombe.

225. Ode to the Devil . . . Peter Pindar.

230. The Fatal Sisters . . . Gray.

232. The Man of Ross . . . Pope.

233. The Revenge of America . . . Warton.

234. Ode to Leven Water . . . Smollet.

235. Ode on Solitude . . . Pope.

236. The Female Prattler . . . Anon.

-- On the Deathof Lady Coventry . . . Mason.

240. The Parson's Case . . . Dean Swift.

241. Jemmy Dawson . . . Shenstone.

244. The Soldier and the Virgin Mary . . . P. Pindar

246. Invitation to the Feathered Race . . . Greaves.

248. On Beauty . . . Shakespeare

-- Description of London . . . Anon.

249. Elegy written on the Plains of Fontenoy . . . A[nna] Matilda.

251. The Winter's Day . . . Anon.

253. From Edwin and Eltruda . . . Miss Williams

257. Ode to Melancholy . . . Ogilive

260. Elegy, in Imitation of Tibullus . . . Smollet.

261. The Happy Life . . . W. Thompson.

262. The Milk Maid . . . Idem.

265. Elegy on a Pile of Ruins . . . Cunningham.

270. The Picture . . . Idem.

271. The Tears of Scotland . . . Smollet.

273. The Lover and Friend . . . Moore.

274. Epitaph on an Infant. . . . Anon.

275. Orra Moor . . . Steele.

276. True Benevolence . . . Anon.

277. Dinah; or my Lady's Housekeeper . . . P. Pindar.

281. Religion at Sea . . . Idem.

282. The double Transformation . . . Goldsmith.

285. To a Lady, with a Ring. . . . Anon.

286. The Prostitute . . . Anon. [NB: suggests that Melmouth knows who each anon is, and keeps them separate--here, no "Idem."]

287. My Native Home . . . Mrs. Robinson

289. The African Loves. . . . Anon.

295. To the May-Fly . . . Oberon.

-- Poor Marguerite . . . Mrs. Robinson.

297. The Haunted Beach . . . Idem.

299. Sonnet . . . S. Wells

300. The Thorn . . . Burns.

301. To the Sun . . . Anon.

303. The Faithful Friend . . . Cowper.

304. The Jackdaw . . . Cowper.

306. Goody Blake and Harry Gill . . . Anon. [Wordsworth; marked "Anonymous." in text as well.]

309. To the Nightingale . . . P. Pindar.

310. Susan and the Spider . . . Idem.

312. A Comparison . . . Cowper.

313. Rona, imitated from Ossian . . . Græme.

314. Harvest Home . . . Mrs. Robinson.

316. The Wintry Day . . . Idem.

318. November . . . Dr. Perfect

322. The Deserted Village . . . Dr. Goldsmith

534 [sic.] An Elegy, written in a Country Church Yard . . . Gray.

338. The Universal Prayer . . . Pope.

340. Verses . . . R. B. Sheridan, Esq.

341. Blue Ey'd Mary . . . Anon.

343. Poor Lisette! . . . Mrs. Robinson. [1st line: "O Gold! thou poi'nous dross, whose subtle power"]

344. Sonnet . . . Idem.

-- On the Incertitude of Life . . . Anon.

346. The Peasant of the Alps . . . Charlotte Smith

347. Corin's Profession . . . P. Pindar.

348. An Epitaph on a fallen Beauty . . . Idem.

Notes

(1). [First edition: 1801]



 
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