BL 1608/5548

[Half-Title:] A Collection of Poems. The Second Edition. Vol. 1.

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

London: printed for G. Pearch, M.DCC.LXX.

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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. Twelve 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. 325; in the original, titles are italicized, au. not; titles are sometimes longer than what I have given here because part of enlarging the volumes consisted apparently in refining the titles slightly.]:

Abelard to Eloisa. By Mr. Cawthorne. Page 1

Death. By Charles Emily, Esq. 13

A Descriptive Poem, addressed to Two Ladies at the Return from viewing the Mines near Whitehaven. By Dr. Dalton. 23

Epistle to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Beauchamp, written in the year 175/6. By the same. 43

Epistle to the Right Hon. the Countess of Hertford, at Percy- Lodge. By the same. 54.

Some Thoughts on Building and Planting, to Sir James Lowther, Bart. By the Same. 64

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

Inscription in a Summer-House belonging to Gilbert West, Esq., at Wickham, in Kent. By the Same. 71 [this was moved from the 1768 edition so that it could be here with the same author.]

The House of Superstition, a Vision. By Mr. Denton. Ib. [71]

Elegies by Mr. Delap. Elegy the First. 77

To Sickness; Elegy the Second. 81

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

A Fragment. By Mr. Mallett. 97

On the Deat of Lady Anson. By the Same. 101

Edwin and Emma. By the Same. 104

An Elegy on a Pile of Ruins. By J. Cunningham. 108

Ode to Sleep. By Mr. H---. 115

Ode on Beauty. BTS. 120

Ode to Taste. BTS. 124

Ode to the Right Hon. Lady ****, on the Death of her Son. BTS. 133

Slander; or the Witch of Wokey. [no auth.] 139

The Ignorance of Man. By James Merrick. 142

The Trials of Virtue. By the same. 144

Verses written originally in the Persic Language. By the same. 147

A Hymn. By the same. 148

The Lord's Prayer paraphrased. By the same. 152

An Epistle to a Friend in Town. By Mr. Dyer. Ib. [153]

Ode to Melancholy. By Miss Carter. 154

Ode. By the Same. 158

Written at Midnight in a Thunder Storm. By the Same. 160

To ---. By the Same. 162

Written Extempore on the Sea Shore. By the Same. 164

To Mrs. ---. By the Same. 165

To ---, occasion'd by an Ode written by Mrs. Phillips. By the same. 167

A Night-Piece. By the Same. 170

The Power of Beauty. By ----. 172

Il Pacifico, written on the Conclusion of the Peace of Aix-la- Chapelle. By Mr. Mason. 190

On the Death of his Wife. By the same. 196

Elegy to a Young Nobleman leaving the University, 1753. By the Same. 197

Isis, an elegy, written in 1748. By the same. 200

The Triumph of Isis, occasioned by the foregoing Poem. By Dr. Thomas Wharton. 205

Newmarket, a Satire. By the Same. 214

On the Death of King George II. and accession of King George III. By the Same. 223

On the Marriage of King George III. and Queen Charlotte. By the Same. 227

On the Birth of George Prince of Wales. By the Same. 231

Ode for Music, performed at the Theatre in Oxford for the Commemorations of Benefactors to the University. By the Same. 235

The Charge of Cyrus the Great. By Richard Onely, M.A. 242

Elegy written at the Approach of Spring. By J. Scott, Esq.; 253

Elegy written in the Hot Weather July 1757. By the same. 257

Elegy written in the Harvest. By the same. 260

Elegy written at the Approach of Winter. By the same. 265

Ode written at the Approach of Summer. By ----. 270

True Beauty. By Dr. Fordyce. 281

Aristotle's Paean to Virtue imitated. By Mr. Shepherd. 282

Ode to Ambition. By the Same. 284

Ode to the Atheist. By the Same. 287

Ode to Melancholy. By the Same. 289

Ode to Envy. By the Same. 292

Ode to Health. By the Same. 294.

Prayer for Indifference. By Mrs. Greville. 298

The Fairy's Answer to Mrs. Greville. By the Countess of C-----. 301

The Man of Sorrow. By Mr. Greville. 305

The Man of Pleasure. By the Same. 308

Versese sent by Lord Melcombe to Dr. Young 311

Verses under the Busto of Comus in a Buffet at Hammersmith, e [sic.] August 1750. By the Same. 312

Prologue spoken by Mr. Garrick, April 5, 1750, before the Masque

of Comus, acted at Drury-Lane for the Benefit of Milton's Grand-Daughter. By Samuel Johnson, LL.D. 313

The 'Squire and the Parson, an Eclogue. By S. J. Esq; 315

Allen and Ella, a Fragment. By -----. 320

[The end of Vol. I.--but it doesn't say this.]

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