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POEMS AND EXTRACTS,
Biographical and Critical No-
Character of Shaftesbury 356
The Holy Scriptures
The Monarch of Dulness
Character of a good Parson 360
POPE. Biographical and Critical Notice..
363 Extracts from the “ Essay on
ment of just Taste ... 371 The Toilet
375 Extracts from the “Essay on
376 Gradation of the sensual and
mental Faculties.. 378 Happiness....
AKENSIDE. Biographical and Critical Notice.
413 Extracts from “ The Pleasures
of Imagination :'
414 The Soul's Sympathy with Greatness
415 Moral Beauty
417 Advantages of a cultivated Taste..
GRAY. Biographical and Critical Notice
420 Hymn to Adversity
422 The Progress of Poetry 424 The Bard
THOMSON. Biographical and Critical Notice
382 Extracts from “ The Sea
sons : The Summer Morning 383 Traveller lost in the Snow 385
The Hymn of the Seasons.. 387 Description of the Castle of Indolence ..
COLLINS. Biographical and Critical Notice
395 Ode to Fear
397 On the Poetical Character. 400 The Passions
GOLDSMITH. Biographical and Critical No. tice
434 The Traveller
436 Picture of a Village Life 446
COWPER. Biographical and Critical Notice
450 Extracts from The Task: A Landscape
452 Rural Sounds
454 Address to Winter
455 The Winter Walk at Noon 456 The Millennium.
457 BURNS. Biographical and Critical Notice
459 The Cotter's Saturday Night 461 Verses left at a Friend's House 465 APPENDIX
YOUNG. Biographical and Critical Notice
410 The Man whose Thoughts
are not of this World .... 411
PRAYER FOR DIVINE AID.
Thy hand alone supply.
Thy love my footsteps guide!
That fear all fears beside.2
Since oft my stubborn will,3
And grasps the specious ill;4
Do thou thy gifts apply;
What ill, though asked, deny. Merrick,
(1) Thy love, dc.-Jet my love towards thee (not thy love towards me) guide my footsteps, i.e. influence my actions.
(2) The line in Racine's “ Athalie" in which Joad says. “Je crains Dieu, cher Abner, et n'ai point d'autre crainte,” has been deservedly admired, but the above expression conveys the same sentiment with at least equal force.
(3) And oh! &c.—i.e. and oh! since my stubborn will, subdued by the forfe of error, often preposterously shuns, &c.
(4) Specious - from the Latin species, an appearance; hence specious ill is evil which has the appearance of good.
WHEN the British warrior queen,
Bleeding from the Roman rods, Sought, with an indignant mien,
Counsel of her country's gods; Sage, beneath the spreading oak,
Šat the Druid, hoary chief! Every burning word he spoke
Full of rage, and full of grief :“ Princess! if our aged eyes
Weep upon thy matchless wrongs, 'Tis because resentment ties
All the terrors of our tongues." “Rome shall perish—write that word
In the blood that she has spilt;a Perish, hopeless and abhorred,
Deep in ruin as in guilt. “Rome, for empire far renowned,
Tramples on a thousand states; Soon her pride shall kiss the ground
Hark! the Gaul is at her gates! “Other Romans shall arise,
Heedless of a soldier's name;
(1) This passage is somewhat obscure. The Druid's“ burning words ” which follow seem inconsistent with the assertion that the “terrors of his tongue “ tied” or restrained. The meaning may perhaps be thus represented:-Princess if you find us weeping over your wrongs in private, instead of denouncing the perpetrators in public, blame us not, for our silence hitherto has arisen from the very intensity of our indignation.-Your personal appeal, however, demands that we should now give utterance to it:-Rome shall perish, &c.—This interpretation is based on the conjecture that “ ties" is used for “ has hitherto tied.” Another explanation may be found in the Appendix, Note A.
(2) In the blood-that is, with the blood, as we say, to write in ink.
(3) Gaut-It does not appear that the Gauls were among the nations that swept over the Roman empire in the fifth century.--Perhaps“ Goth” should be read for “Gaul."
Sounds, not arms, shall win the prize;
Harmony the path to fame.?
From the forests of our land,
Shall a wider world command,
Thy posterity shall sway;
None invincible as they.”3
Pregnant with celestial fire,
Of his sweet but awful lyre.
Felt them in her bosom glow;
Dying, hurled them at the foe:-
due; Empire is on us bestowed,
Shame and ruin wait for you.”
THE STARTLED STAG.
The stag at eve had drunk his fill,
(1) In allusion to the love of the Italians for music. As a striking indication of the change in character above referred to, it may be mentioned that the word virtus, which among the ancient Romans meant "active courage,” is used by the modern Romans in the softened form of virtù, to signify" a taste for the fine arts.”
(2) Progeny, &c.—the ships of England.