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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

ALEXANDER WILSON:

ALSO HIS

Miscellaneous Prose Writings,

JOURNALS, LETTERS, ESSAYS,

ETC.,

NOW FIRST COLLECTED:

ILLUSTRATED BY

CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY NOTES,

WITH AN

EXTENDED MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS,

AND A GLOSSARY.

BELFAST:
PUBLISHED BY JOHN HENDERSON;
OLIVER AND BOYD, EDINBURGH; GRIFFIN AND CO., AND
A. RUTHERGLEN, GLASGOW; MURRAY AND STEWART,
PAISLEY; DARTON AND CLARK, AND THOMAS

ARNOLD AND CO., LONDON.

23 AUG 1928 KLARAR

The small letters in the table of contents to the poems, de-
note in which of the editions enumerated in our preface they
first appeared respectively. Those marked belong to the author's
first edition, 1790; those having were added in his second edi.

tion, 1791; those marked appeared in the edition of 1814; those

d in the edition of 1816; and those marked have never, till now,

been included in any edition.

PAGE.

PREPACE, . .

. . . . . . vil

MEMOIR OF WILSON,

POETICAL WORKS.

......

93

94

An Expostulatory Address to the Ragged Spectre, Poverty,

The Wasp's Revenge; a Fable,

Eppie and the Deil; a Tale, .

Epistle to Mr. J. B- ,. .

Lines written on a Summer Evening,

A Character, . . . . . .

To the Hon. William M‘Dowal, of Garthland, on his re-

turn from Parliament, July, 1791, . . . .

Verses addressed to the Author of The Sailor and Louse,

Verses on the Death of a favourite Spaniel, maliciously

poisoned, . . . . . . . . .

To a Sealed Letter, . .

On a departed Drunkard, .

Verses, occasioned by seeing two men sawing timber in

an open field, in defiance of a furious storm, .

The Disconsolate Wren,

Second Epistle to Mr. Andrew Clark,

99

Rabby's Mistake; a true Story,

a 101

Callamphitre's Elegy, . ,

a 103

Epistle to Mr. Ebenezer Picken,

. a 106

First Epistle to Mr. William Mitchell, .

. a 111

To Dr. Taylor of Paisley; written when sick,

. a 114

Eusebus; a real character, .

. a 114

Second Epistle to Mr. James Kennedy, .

. a 115

Despondence; a Pastoral Ode, . .

. b 118

Ossian's Lament; from Macpherson's Translation, . b 119

Elegy; addressed to a young Lady, .

b 121

The Laurel Disputed,

b 123

a 129

The Suicide, . .

a 130

Hardyknute; or the Battle of Largs,

a 134

A Midnight Adventure, .

a 140

Rab and Ringan; a Tale,

. 146

Watty and Meg, .

. c 149

The Tears of Britain, . . .

. c 155

Poetical Letter to William Duncan,

. d 161

The Loss o' the Pack; a true Tale, .

. c 164

Prayer, addressed to Jove, the God of Thunder, during

the late hot weather,

. d 167

Epistle to Mr. Charles Orr,

. c 169

Address to Calder Banks, .

. a 171

Epistle to a Brother Pedlar,

· * 171

The Cruelty of Revenge, a Tale, .

. : 173

Second Epistle to Mr. William Mitchell,

a 174

Third Epistle to Mr. William Mitchell,

a 177

The Solitary Tutor, . . . . . . . C 181

C

The Shark; or Lang Mills detected,

e 187

The Hollander; or Leight Weight, . . . . e 191

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