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[Half-title:] A Collection of Poems. Vol. I.

A Collection of Poems in Two Volumes. By Several Hands.

London: printed for G. Pearch, MDCCLXVIII.

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In an age like the present wherein literary merit of every kind so much abounds, and is at the same time so much encouraged; many poetical performances which deserve a longer remembrance than fugitive pieces usually meet with; are daily thrown upon the public, and left to perish in oblivion. To select these from the trifling productions of the day, has ever been considered as a useful employment: and the favourable reception which Mr. Dodsley's elegant Collection of Poems obtained from the public, is sufficient to encourage any person who has the means in his power to continue that deservedly esteemed Miscellany. Several attempts of this sort have been made, but non have acquired so much reputation as to render the present undertaking useless or unnecessary. Ten years are now elapsed [1 / 2] since the last volumes of that work were published, in which time it is not to be supposed that there has been so great a dearth of genius, but that many pieces have made their appearance which are not inferior to the best preserved in that Miscellany. Of the truth of this observation, the Editor appeals to the following Collection, which is compiled from the best productions published within that time, which Mr. Dodsley had not the opportunity of seeing, with the addition of many other pieces which with all his diligence were overlooked by him. With what degree of judgment this Collection is made the Editor submits to the determination of the public; the greater part of the poetical pieces of the last thirty years have passed through his hands, and as of them the following Volumes are composed, he hopes they will not be considered as an improper Supplement to the work of which they are designed as a Continuation. He flatters himself that he has not suffered this Collection, which is un- [2 / 3] worthy of the rest, and great care has been taken to prevent the insertion of any performance, which has not been approved by gentlemen of distinguished reputation; but as he is sensible that the task of persons is very different, he expects not after all that every piece will meet with equal applause, being convinced of the truth of Mr. Dodsley's observation, "That it is impossible to furnish out an entertainment of this nature where every part shall be relished by every guest."

Index to the First Volume [p. 321:]

Abelard to Eloisa. By Mr. Cawthorne. Page 1

Death. By Charles Emily, Esq. 13

Epistle to Lord Viscount Beauchamp. By the same. 43

Epistle to the Countess of Hartford. By the same. 54.

Some Thoughts on Building and Planning. By the Same. 64

The Hymn of Cleanthes. By Gilbert West, Esq. 68

The House of Superstition. By Mr. Denton. 71

Elegies by Mr. Delap. 77

Ode to Liberty. By Mr. Hudson. 84

Ode to Fancy. By the Same. 88

Ode on True Greatness. By the Same. 91

Ode to Concord. By the Same. 94

Mount Caburn. By William Hay, Esq. 97

Elegy on a Pile of Ruins. By J. Cunningham. 116

Euthemia [na] 123

The Court of Discord. By the Same. 131

Witch of Wokey. By the Same. 133

The Enthusiast: An Ode. By Wm. Whitehead, Esq. 137

The Ignorance of Man. By James Merrick. 141

Ode to Melancholy. By Miss Carter. 143

Ode. By the Same. 147

Written at Midnight in a Thunder Storm. By the Same. 149

To ---. By the Same. 151

Written Extempore on the Sea Shore. By the Same. 153

To Mrs. ---. By the Same. 154

To --- Occasion'd by an Ode written by Mrs. Philips. By the same. 156

A Night Piece. By the Same. 159

The Power of Beauty. [no auth] 161

Il Pacificaa. By Mr. Mason. 180

Elegy to a Young Nobleman leaving the University. By the Same. 186

Isis. By the Same. 189

The Triumph of Isis. By Dr. T. Wharton. 194

New-market. By the Same. 24

On the Death of King George the II. and accession of King George the III. By the Same.

On the Marriage of King George III. and Queen Charlotte. By the Same. 217

On the Birth of George Prince of Wales. By the Same. 221

Ode for Music. By the Same. 225

Inscription in a Summer House. By Gilbert West, Esq. 232

Pollio [no auth] ib.

Charge of Cyrus. By Richard Oneley, M.A. 238

Elegy written at the Approach of Spring [no auth] 249

Elegy written in the Hot Weather July 1757 [no auth] 253

Elegy written in the Harvest [no auth] 256

Elegy written at the Approach of Winter [no auth] 261

ON the Approach of Summer [no auth] 265

True Beauty. By Dr. Fordyce

Aristotle's Paean to Virtue imitatted. By Mr. Shepherd. 278

Ode to Ambition. By the Same. 280

Ode to the Atheist. By the Same. 283

Ode to Melancholy. By the Same. 285

Ode to Envy. By the Same. 288

Ode to Health. By the Same.

Prayer for Indifference. By Mrs. Greville. 294

The Man of Sorrow. By Mr. Greville. 298

The Man of Pleasure. By the Same. 301

Versese sent by Lord Melcombe to Dr. Young 304

Verses written on a Bust of Comus. By the Same. 305

Prologue by S. Johnson. 306

The 'Squire and the Parson. By S. J. Esq. 308

Ode to the River Eden. By Dr. Langhorne. 312

Ode to Evening. By Mr. Henley. 315

Allen and Ella [no auth.] 316

The END of Vol. I.

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