BL 11602.aaa.6, 7
London: Published by W. Suttaby, B. Crosby & Co. and Seateherd and Letterman, 1809. Corral Printer.
[A picture opposite the title page by T. Stothard, R. A., engraved by Geo. Noble, with lines excerpted from a Ballad by John Gay.]
London: Published by W. Suttaby, Staioners Court. 1809. Corrall, Printer, Charing Cross.
[Another of these pages midway through volume 1:] Specimens of the British Poets. Vol. I. Part II. Containing selections from the poets who flourished in the reign of Queen Ann. London: Published by W. Suttaby, Crosby and Co. and Scatcherd and Letterman, Stationers Court. 1809. Corrall, Printer, Charing Cross.
The original plan of this work was to comprise all the beautiful Poetry in the English language, from the time of Henry VIII. and Queen Elizabeth, (when the excellence of our poets began to fix the language,) down to the present time. But the limits to which the Editor was confined, rendered it impossible: much fine poetry was unavoidably to be excluded: this had constituted one great difficulty, and must be the excuse for many of the omissions.
The selections from the minor ancient poets, are chiefly taken from a small volume published in 1790, entitled Specimens of the Early English Poets.(1) With respect to the moderns, the Editor has not attempted to come down lower than Cowper.
The arrangement which has been adopted, (of placing all the poems of one author together, and classing the poets according to the time in which they flourished,) is the most obvious, and the best calculated to show the gradual alterations in our language, and the improvement in our versification, if not in our poetry. A division under separate heads, must generally be fanciful. The length of the selections from each poet, has been as much as possible proportioned to his excellence: and where all the fine poems of an author could not be admitted, those have been chosen which are most generally admired. No selections from our Epic, and other long poems, are admitted, [iii / iv] because it very much destroys the interest of the whole poem, to be first acquainted with the most beautiful parts: and even the passages selected lose much of their beauty, when given detached from the subject, to which the poet had connected them. But this is not the case where the parts of a poem are unconnected, or rather where several distinct poems are written under one title, as the Night Thoughts of Young. Independently of these objections, the admission of extracts from long poems, must have excluded too many of the entire poems.
The Editor has endeavoured as much as possible, to correct his own judgment by public opinion; and under that idea has admitted several poems, which he does not particularly admire. Therefore he cannot hope, that any one of his readers should find no poems he would wish to exclude; nor recollect others whose omission he may regret. If he does not find many such, the Editor will be more than satisfied. Novelty is not to be expected in a work of this kind: it could only be obtained by inserting the least known, and consequently the worst productions of our poets. If therefore the reader find nothing new, it will be an argument in favour of this Selection.
As it may be expected that something should be said concerning the utility of this work, on this ground the Editor has only to say, that the last edition of the British Poets, commencing from Milton only, contains nearly an 100 volumes, and is published at 10 Guineas.(2)
[E means "in Ellis"; NE means "not in Ellis."]
[H means "in Headley," but that is not complete: not by computer search, as Ellis is, but only by my memory.]
[Note: this has no list of subscribers and has a table of contents.]
EOde.--The soote season, that bud and bloom 1
EGive place, ye lovers ib.
Sonnets.--From Tuscane came my Lady's 2 (3)
Set me e'en where the Sun doth parch 3
Alas! so all things now do hold. ib.
My lute, awake, perform the last 4
E3-4Since love will needs that I must love 5
E3Your looks so often cast ib
E9A many may live thrice Nestor's life(4) 6
E10-11I see there is no sort2
E1920From Gammer Gurton's Needle 7
EA strange passion of a lover 9
EThe Dole of Despair ib.
ESong.--Blow, blow thou Winter-wind2 11 [v / vi]
ESonnet.--On a day, (alack the day!)(5) 11
ESong of Fairies(6)12
EWinter, a Song(7) ib
EA Song on Fancy(8) 13
EAriel's Song ib
EDirge ib ["Fear no more the heat o'th'sun, / Nor the furious winter's rages;"]
ESympathizing Love(9) 14
ESonnet.--Whence comes my love(10)
ESonnets.--Faint amorist! what, does thou think 17
EIn a grove most rich of shade 18(11)
ESong.--Who is it that this dark night 20
NESonnets.--Lock up, fair lids 21
O happy Thames ib
Be your words made 22(12)
NE/HSonnets.[yes]--Love banish'd Heaven 23
NEDear! why should you command ib.
ECupid and Campaspe [sic.] 24
ESong.--O yes! O yes! if any maid ib
Sonnets.[yes]--EBeauty, sweet love 25
EI must not grieve, my love ib.
ELook, Delia, how we'[sic.] esteem 26
Let others sing of knights ib
HRestore thy tresses 27
And whither, poor Forsaken ib. [vi / vii]
EPhillida and Corydon 28
EThe Shepherd's Address to his Muse ib.
EThe Sturdy Rock 30
EThe Praise of Amargana ib.
EThe Passionate Shepherd 32
E85-86The Nymph's Reply to the Passionate Shepherd 33
E82-85The Soul's Errand 34
EThe Silent Lover 36
Imitation of Marlow 37
Shall I like an hermit dwell 38
To his Book 40
Sonnets.[yes]--Fair is my love 64
The doubt which ye misdeem 65
Rudely thou wrongest ib.
Fresh Spring, the herald 66
Like a huntsman ib.
NESend home my long-stray'd eyes 67
ESong.--Shall I, wasting in despair 78
EAmaryllis I did woo 69
ELordly gallants, tell me this ib.
EWantons! 'tis not 70
EThe Stedfast Shepherd 71
ESong.--Come, my Celia, let us prove 73
EThe Sweet Neglect ib.
EHue and Cry after Cupid 74
ESong.--Shall I tell you whom I love 76
ESongs.--Hence all you vain delights(15) 77
EWeep no more(16) ib.
ELet those complain(17) 78
ESonnets.[yes]--To Sleep 79
ETo his Lute ib.
ETo the Nightingale 80
EThrice happy he ib.
ESweet spring 81
ETo the Nightingale ib.
HTrust not, sweet Soul 82
Sweet Soul ib.
Song.--Phoebus, arise 83
EShepherd's Song 84
ECupid's Pastime 85
NESome there are as fair 86
EExtract.--This life of ours(18) 87
ESong.--O would to God(19) ib. [viii / ix]
EThe Abstract of Melancholy.(20) 89
The Fairies' Farewell
Songs.--EIf the quick spirits 94
EHe that loves a rosy cheek ib.
EAsk me why I send you here 95
EThe Inquiry ib.
EUngrateful Beauty Threatened 96
NENow the Winter's gone ib.
NEAsk me no more 97
EDeath's Final Conquest 98
NETo the Sun 99
EThe Description of Castara ib.
E[2nd-174]To Castara 100
ESong.--Fine young Folly 101
NETo Roses, in the Bosom of Castara 101
NEFair Lady, when you see 103
EOde.--Come, spur away 104
ESonnet.[no]--When love, with unconfined wings 107
ESongs.--Why doest thou say I am forsworn 108
EAmarantha, sweet and fair ib. [ix / x]
EExtract from the Sun-rise 109
ESong.--To the inconstant Cynthia 111
EThe Resolution ib.
EStanzas--On Clarastella saying she would commit herself to a Nunnery 113
ESong. Anacreontic 114
EThe Mad Maid's Song 115
NEAs Julia once a slumbering lay ib.
ESonnet.[no]--You meaner beauties of the night 117
EStanzas--From the Reliquiæ Wottonianæ ib.
ESong--In the Lady Errant 119
ELesbia on her Sparrow ib.
Songs.--EWhy so pale and wan 121
EHonest lover whosoever ib.
E'Tis now, since I sat down 122
ESong.--I do confess thou'rt smooth 124 [x / xi]
The Motto 125
Ode.--Of Wit 126
On the Death of Mr. W. Hervey 128
The Complaint 132
Hymn to Light 137
Life and Fame 140
Odes.--Of Solitude 141
Upon Liberty 143
Acme and Septimius 147
EThe Chronicle 149
EThe Soul 151
EThe Wish 152
EThe Inconstant 153
The Duel 155
The Account ib.
The Epicure 156
The Grasshopper 159
The Swallow 160
NECooper's Hill 161
NEOn Mr. Abraham Cowley's Death 170
NEEpistle to Richard Fanshaw 173
ESong.--Morpheus, the humble god 174
EIl Penseroso 175
To the Nightingale 183 [xi / xii]
On his deceased Wife 184
Song.--On May Morning ib.
Upon the Death of the Lord Protector 185
The Story of Phoebus and Daphne applied 186
To Amoret ib.
EOf Love 188
The Battle of the Summer Islands 189
Epistle to a Lady 196
ESong.--Go, lovely rose ib.
To Phillis 197
Of my Lady Isabella playing on the Lute ib.
Of the Marriage of the Dwarfs 198
Songs.--EPhillis, let's shun the common fate 199
ENot Celia, that I juster am . . . ib.
EGet you gone 200
EHears not my Phillis 201
ETo Chloris 202
EThou blushing rose 203
EAlexander's Feast 204
Ode to the Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew 208
Song for St. Cecilia's Day 213 [no more overlap with Ellis]
The Ivy 216 [xii / xiii]
The Hermit 217
A Night-Piece on Death 224
A Hymn to Contentment 226
A Fairy Tale 228
Health.--An Eclogue 234
The Flies--An Eclogue 236
An Allegory on Man 238
The Splendid Shilling 241
A Letter from Italy 245(21)
To Sir Godfrey Kneller 249
A Song for St. Cecilia's Day 252
An Hymn 254
Colin's Complaint.--A Song 255
An Essay on Poetry 257
Henry and Emma 309
The Lady's Looking-Glass 329
Chloe Hunting 330
The Garland ib.
The Despairing Shepherd 332
Her right Name 333
Ode to Howard ib. [xiii / xiv]
The Shepherd's Wek 336
Ballads.--Black-ey'd Susan 363
'Twas when the seas were roaring 364
A Contemplation on Night 36
The Birth of the Squire 367
On a Fan 360
Epistle to the Earl of Warwick 371
Colin and Lucy 374
Epistle to a Lady before Marriage 376
The Bastard 379
On Poetry: a Rhapsody 383
Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift 397
Baucis and Philemon 411
The Grand Question Debated 416
Cadenus and Vanessa 421
Stella's Birth-Day, 1720 444
Stella at Word Park 445
Stella's Birth-Day, 1724 448
To Stella, Visiting me in my Sickness 451
On Jealousy. 455 [i.455:] [In text: "Mrs. JOHNSON.* *Celebrated by Dean Swift under the name of Stella."]
An Ode to Spring 455
An Ode to Wisdom 456
[frontispiece a scene from "The Rape of the Lock," painted by Henry Fuseli and engraved by W. Bromley]
London: Published by W. Suttaby, Stationers Court, 1809.
[all three above things centered.]
The Rape of the Lock 1
Eloisa to Abelard 22
An Essay on Criticism 31
Of the Uses of Riches 51
Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady 67
Ode on St. Cecilia's Day 69
Messiah.--A Sacred Eclogue 73
Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. 76
An Epistle to the Earl of Dorset
Night I.--On Life, Death, and Immortality 89
Night III.--Narcissa 101
Love of Fame.--Satire I. 115
On Women.--Satire V. 122
The Castle of Indolence 138
Hymn on Solitude 156
On the Death of his Mother 158
Phoebe.--A Pastoral 161
Edwin and Emma 163
William and Margaret 166 [iii / iv]
A Pipe of Tobacco 168
Songs.--Peggy and Patie 174
Hid from himself 175
Speak on, speak thus ib.
When hope was quite sunk 176
At setting day and rising morn 177
The bonny grey-ey'd morning ib.
The Passions.--An Ode for Music 178
Ode to Fear 181
Ode to Evening 183
Dirge in Cymbeline 185
The School-Mistress. In Imitation of Spenser 186
A Pastoral Ballad 196
The Sky-Lark 202
Jemmy Dawson.--A Ballad 203
Song.--Away! let nought to love 207
Advice to a Lady 206
Monody to the Memory of Lady Lyttelton 211
The Tears of Scotland 220
Elegy. Written in a Country Church-Yard 222
Odes.--A Distant Prospect of Eton College 225
To Adversity 228
The Bard.--Pindaric 229
The Progress of Poesy.--Pindaric 234
On the Spring 237
On the Death of a favourite Cat 239 [iv / v]
The Vanity of Human Wishes 248
On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet 257
Prologue. Spoken by Garrick 258
The Traveller 261
The Deserted Village 272
The Hermit 283
The Haunch of Venison 288
Monody to the Memory of a young Lady 292
An Evening Address to a Nightingale 299
Owen of Carron 303
To Miss Slocock 320
Elegy on Leaving the River of Plate 321
Farewell to the Muse 323
The Law 324
Elegy. Written in Spring 326
The Suicide 329
The Pleasures of Melancholy 332
Inscription in a Hermitage 340
Ode to Sleep 341
Ode to Fancy 342
Ode to Evening 346
Ode to Sleep 347
Ode on Winter 348 [v / vi]
Absence.--An Elegy 349
The Debtor 350
Laura; an elegy from Petrach 352
An Ode of Petrarch 356
Solima.--An Arabian Eclogue 357
To Lady Jones 366 [must be 356 really]
A Persian Song of Hafez 361
A Song from the Persian 362
Song.--Wake, ye nightingales 363
Ode to Truth 365
Epitaph on Mrs. Mason 366
The Cotter's Saturday Night 368
A Winter Night 374
To Mary in Heaven 377
To a Mouse 378
To a Mountain Daisy 379
Aston Water 381
Songs.--The Gloomy Night 382
From thee, Eliza 383
Now westlin winds ib.
Again rejoicing nature sees 384
The Hermit 386
The Task. Book I. The Sofa 388
Book IV. The Winter Evening 408
On his Mother's Picture 428
To Mary 431
Song to Ælla 445
Bristowe Tragedie 446. [end of contents, p. vi.]
(1)[which is, of course, George Ellis's volume, and I have marked those that appear in that volume.]
(2)[A guinea is 1 pound 1 shilling, and 1 shilling is five pence.]
(3)[not entire first lines, presumably bec. wouldn't fit on one line of the index.]
(4)[entire first lines--I checked]
(5)[This doesn't look anything like a sonnet; the same title, "Sonnet," appears in Ellis; it seems more like a title than a designation of kind. The title given here is the first line, and all remaining 20 lines of heroic couplets are about the same length.]
(6)[1st / last lines:] Now the hungry lion roars, . . . To sweep the dust behind the door.
(7)[1st /last:] When icicles hang by the wall, . . . [last is a refrain rptd. throughout:] While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
(8)Tell me, where is fancy bred, . . . . I'll begin it. Ding dong bell.
(9)[1st / last] As it fell upon a day . . . Faithful friend from flattering foe.
(10)[this does look like a sonnet.]
(11)[these are entirely too long for sonnets, 28 and 78 lines respectively, and the entire first lines are given here, the rest of the lines being of roughly the same length.]
(12)[These three actually are sonnets, the entire first lines not being given here.]
(13)[no songs from Ellis, but same author.]
(14)]* The dates marked thus * are doubtful.
(15)[Text tells you where it is from:] In the Nice Valour. [right under title]
(16)[title as appears on page:] SONG / In the Queen of Corinth.
(17)SONG / In a Wife for a Month.
(18)EXTRACT / From a Chorus in Julius Caesar.
(19)SONG / From the Aurora.
(20)WILLIAM BURTON / THE ABSTRACT OF MELANCHOLY / Prefixed to the Anatomy of Melancholy. [someone wrote a big X next to it, probably because of the erroneous attribution; all the reprintings in anthologies of this prefatory poem attribute it to "William" rather than "Robert"--maybe the first editions of the Anatomy had the wrong name on the title page? If not, compilers are getting the poem from each other rather than from the Anatomy of Melancholy.]
(21)[title on page reads:] JOSEPH ADDISON. / A LETTER FROM ITALY, To the Right Hon. Charles Lord Halifax. / In the Year 1701.
(22)[Note on p. 455 with her name says:] + Vanessa.
"Yes" means it is in the form claimed by the title (usu. a sonnet); "no" means it is not.
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