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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

206? Trapeich Sunda 20 July 1857

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PREFACE.

Tuis little Volume is not intended as a general Selection from the British Poets, several works of that nature, of various merit, being already before the Public. The origin of the present attempt is shortly this:-

The Editor, for his own amusement, began, in the year 1807, a Common-place Book for Poetry, into which he transcribed, from time to time, such pieces as particularly pleased him. Many of these he occasionally read to some of his friends whom he knew to have a just taste for the beauties of poetical composition; and their approbation, expressed in very flattering terms, induced him to think of the present publication.

Notwithstanding the numerous Poetical Selections already printed, there still seemed to be wanting one of a moderate size, in which every entire poem or extract might not only be above mediocrity, but bear the decided stamp of genius-a volume, on the pages of which the admirers of poetry might delight to dwell, and which might prove an agreeable companion in the study, the garden, or the field.

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That a Selection, compiled with judgment and good taste, might still attract favourable notice, has recently been shown by the success which has attended Mr M‘Diarmid's excellent and pleasing publication, “ The Scrap Book," a work chiefly confined to prose.

With respect to the present Volume, the Editor hopes that it will be found to contain a considerable number of poems of great beauty, carefully collected from an immense variety of sources, many of which seem bitherto to have entirely escaped notice. He flatters himself, that there is scarcely a poet of any eminence in the present age, of whose composition he has not given a specimen; that the work will be found to exhibit examples of almost every kind of measure of which the English tongue is capable; and that it will present, to persons of taste, many and various instances of the energy, the harmony, and the expressive power of our language.

It has been thought advisable to insert, from our older poets, some well-known pieces of acknowledged merit, in order to render the Work convenient as a book of reference for compositions which must ever be perused with delight. But the great object has been to rescue from oblivion many flowers that were lying in obscurity, and which seemed well worthy of a better fate.

W. C.

Lines addressed to a Lady after a

Battle, . . . i

Anonymous, Pag

My Native Home, .

Robinson,

Lines written on the Sea Shore on a

Summer Evening,

Anonymous, .

Lines written on visiting a Scene in

Argyllshire,

Campbell,

The Seasons ,

Barbauid,

Ode to Spring,

Ditto,

Verses on Summer, . . .

Anonymous,

On Autumn,

Gisborne,

Winter. An Elegy,

Mundy, .

Address to the Sun,

Dwight, ·

Ode to the Rising Sun,

Gessner,

To the Moon,

Pott,

To the Morning Star,

Carey, .

To the Evening Star,

Hogg,

On the Comet of 1811,

Ditto,

To the Clouds,

Barton,

Address to the Ocean,

Byron, .

The Maniac's Song,

Anonymous,

The Mad Maid's Song,

Herrick,

The Exile of Erin,

Campbell,

The Fugitive,

Robinson,

The Hamlet,

T. Warton,

The Wanderer's Roundelay,

Necle, .

Meditation in a Church-yard,

Anonymous,

An Evening's Contemplation, Ditto,

To the Glow-worm,

Wolcot, .

The Sea Nymph, .

Anonymous,

The Dying Soldier,

Ditto,

On Parting, ..

Byron, .

The Tear,

Moore, .

On throwing away a Flower,

Anonymous, ib.

From Scenes of Infancy, .

Leyden,

103

Stanzas written in a Storm at Sea, Moore, .

105

Elegy on the Death of Charles Gough, Sir W. Scott, 107

Song, How many New Years, &c. Anonymous, 109

Genius, . . .

Ditto,

110

Song, Why does azure,

Moore,

From Aonian Hours,

Wiffen,

The Common Lot,

Montgomery, .

114

Where is he? .

Neele,

116

The Dream,

Mrs Rose,

117

The Sabbath Morning,

Grahame,

118

On the Sleeping Brave o

Bannerman, 120

Love's Learning,

Rhodes,

121

123

The West, . .

Meditative Lines,.

Tucker, ..

124

Stanzas. While thou at even-tide,

&c.

Anonymous, .' 125

The Dead Friend; ; ; : : Southey, ' ; 126

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