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The Roman numerals refer to the Essay;-the Arabic figures, to the body of the Book.

ABSENCE. Jago, 565.

ADDISON (Joseph), specimens of, 338, 339.

Elegy on the Death of. Tickell, 367.

Agrippina, a Fragment. Gray, 508.

AKENSIDE (Mark), notice of, 488; allusion to, 548.

Specimens of, 489-494.

ALEXANDER (William). See STERLINE (Earl of).
Ambition, reflections on. Anon., 211.

America, discovery and happiness of, predicted. Dwight,


Anacreontics, by Oldmixon, 370.

Angler's wish. Walton, 279.

Anglo-Saxon Language, influence of the Norman Conquest
on, xxix.

When it began to be English, xxx.

ANONYMOUS Poets, specimens of, 186, 210, 286, 320, 516,
542, 544.

ANSTEY (Christopher), notices of, 291, 695.

Specimen of his Bath Guide, 695–697.
Argalia, adventures of. Chamberlayn, 202–208.
Argentile and Curan, a tale. Warner, Ixvi, 71.
ARMSTRONG (Dr. John), notice of, 546-548.
Specimens of, 548-550.

Athens described. Milton, 259.
AYRES (Philip), specimens of, 287.
AYTON (Sir Robert), Songs by, 210, 321.

Poem said to have been written by, 77.

Bale (Bishop), an early dramatic author, Įvii.

Robene and Makyne. Henrysone, 20.
Dowsabel. Drayton, 118.

On a Wedding. Sir J. Suckling, 181.

The Chronicle. Cowley, 234.
Colin's Complaint. Rowe, 334.

From the What-d'ye-call-it. Gay, 356.

Colin and Lucy. Tickell, 369.

Sally in our Alley. Carey, 453.

William and Margaret. Mallet, 464.

Sir Charles Bawden. Chatterton, 498.

May-Eve, or Kate of Aberdeen. Cunningham, 517.
Owen of Carron. Langhorne, 555.

Hosier's Ghost. Glover, 598.

BAMPFYLDE (John), Sonnets by, 639, 640.

Barbour (John), his Bruce, 17.

BARKLAY (Alexander), critical notice of, xlix.

Bateson's Madrigals, specimens from, 61.

Bath, public breakfast at, described. Anstey, 695-697.
Baucis and Philemon, a Tale.

Swift, 383.

BEATTIE (Dr. James), account of, 687.
Specimens of, 689–694.

His admiration of Thomson, 403.

BEAUMONT (Francis), and FLETCHER (John), notices of,

86, 87.

Specimens of their dramatic productions, 88-99.
Critical observations on them, lxxiv.

BEAUMONT (Sir John), notice of, 105.

Specimen of his Poems, 105.

Further Extracts from, 701.

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written by, 521.

BRETON (Nicholas), Ixv, 84,

Specimens of his Poems, 85.
BROME (Alexander), notice of, 230.

Specimens of his Poems, 230, 231.
BROOKE (Henry), notice of, 566.
Specimen of, 567-569.

BROWN (Dr. John), notice of, 473.

Specimens of his Poems, 474.

BROWN (Thomas), specimens of, 315, 316.
BROWNE (Isaac Hawkins), specimens of, 443–445.
BROWNE (William), notices of, lxvi, 189.

Extracts from, 189, 190.

BRUCE (Michael), notices of, 476, 604.

Specimens of his Poems, 476, 477.

BULTEEL (John), specimen of the Poetry of, 246.
Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, remarks on, lvi.

BURNS (Robert), account of, 640-644; notice of, 439.
Specimens of, 645-652.

Thought borrowed from Dr. Young, 467, note.
Anecdote of, 353, note.

His opinion of Cowper's Task, 676, note.

BUTLER (Samuel), specimens of, 269-279; alluded to, lxxxii.
BYROM (John), Pastoral by, 445.

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Cambyses's Army, destruction of. Darwin, 685.
Cambyses, Preston's Tragedy of, lviii.

Canace, death of. Lydgate, 15.
Canterbury Tales, Prologue to, 6.
Canzonet. Anon., 58.

Care, personification of. Tho. Sackville, 37.
CAREW (Thomas), notices of, lxxix, 153.

Specimens of, 154-157.

CAREY (Henry), Ballad by, 453.

CARTWRIGHT (William), notice of, lxxii, 183,
Specimens of, 183-185.

Castle of Indolence. Thomson, 403.

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CHURCHILL (Charles), notice of, 454; alluded to, 583, 584.
Specimens of, 456–460.

CIBBER (Colley), specimen of, 433.

Ode on a Pipe of Tobacco, in imitation of. I. H.

Cleveland (John), his knotted deformities, lxxii.
Coleridge (S. T.), opinion of Thomson and Cowper com-
pared, 403 note.

Of Beaumont and Fletcher, lxxvii, note.

Collier (John Payne), his character of Brathwaite's Strap-
pado, 256, note.

COLLINS (William), notice of, 429.

Specimens of, 430–433.

A Sonnet by, 663, note.

His Poems, 664.

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Critical remarks on it,

Note upon, 238.

Line in imitated by Cowper, 675, note; his country-
loving spirit, 447.

COWPER (William), account of, 669-676.

Specimens of, 676-684.

Compared with Thomson, 402, 403.

His character of Thomson, 403, note.
I. H. Browne, 443, note.

Notes on Milton by, lxxx, lxxxi.

Of similes, lxxxvii, note.
Passage in his Homer, lxxxix, note.

CRASHAW (Richard), notice of, 198.

Specimen of his Poems, 198-200.

CRAWFURD (William), Songs by, 424.

Croker (J. W.), note on Dr. Young by, 387.

On the identity of Thales with Savage, 572.

Cromwell's Conspiracy, a Tragi-Comedy, extract from, 210.
Cuckoo, ode to. Logan, 604.

Cunningham (Allan), notes by, 345, 661, 663.

Life of Burns by, characterised, 643.

CUNNINGHAM (John), specimens of, 516.
Custom, influence of. Pomfret, 314.
Cymon and Iphigenia. Dryden, 310.

DANIEL (Samuel), notice and specimen of, lxiii, lxv, lxvi,

DARWIN (Dr. Erasmus), notice of, 684-687.
Specimens of,

Brooke's "Universal Beauty" the prototype of his
Botanic Garden, 566.

DAVENANT (Sir William), notices of, lxxxiii, 239.
Specimens of Gondibert, 240-242.

Davie (Adam), an early English poet, notice of, xli.
DAVIES (Sir John), notice of, lxx, 100.

Specimen of his Poems, 100-102.
Critical remarks on them,

Davison's Rhapsody, specimen from, 58.
De Brunne. See MANNYNG.
DEKKER (Thomas), notice of, 160.

Specimens of his Poems, 160, 161.
DENHAM (Sir John), notice of, 242.

Specimens of his Poetry, 242-246.
Alterations in his Cooper's Hill, 244, note.
Influence of his numbers upon English versification,
Appendix A.


On the gratification which the lover's passion receives
from the sense of hearing. Gower, 14.
Death of Canace. Lydgate, 15.

A lover's description of his mistress, when he first
saw her. James I. King of Scotland, 19.
Dance of the seven deadly sins through hell Dun
bar, 22.

Description of Squyre Meldrum. Sir D. Lyndsay.


Description of such a one as he would love. Sir T.
Wyat, 29.

Spring described. Earl of Surrey, 33.

A prisoner's reflections on his past happiness. The
same, 32.

A lover's request for comfort. Rich. Edwards, H.
Allegorical personages described in hell. Tho. Sack-
ville, 36.

Arraignment of a lover. Gascoigne, 38.

Una followed by the lion. Spenser, 47.

Description of the witch Duessa's journey to the in-
fernal regions. The same, 48.

The Bower of Bliss. The same, 52.

Glauce and Britomart exploring the Cave of Merlin.
The same, 54.

Belphoebe finding Timias wounded. Spenser, 35.
Successive appearances of nature during a summer's
day. A. Hume, 63.

Mercy dwelling in heaven, and pleading for the
guilty. Giles Fletcher, 81.
Justice addressing the Creator.

The same, 82.
The same, 82.

Mercy brightening the rainbow.
The palace of Presumption. The same, 82.
Nymphidia, the court of Fairy. Drayton, 109.
The Poet's Elysium. The same, lxv.
Morning, birds, and hunting of the deer. The same,

The priestess of Diana. Chalkhill, lxvii.
The image of jealousy. The same, lxvii.
Abode of the witch Orandra. The same, lxvii.
Address to his native soil. W. Browne, 190.
Evening. The same, 190.

Death of Rosamond. May, 197.

Soliloquy of Satan. Crashaw, 198.

To Meadows. Herrick, 232.

To Daffodils. The same, 232.

To Blossoms. The same, 232.

The Country Life. The same, 233.

The Complaint. Cowley, 235.

The Waiting-Maid. The same, 236.
Honour. The same, 237.

Wit. The same, 237.

The father of Rhodalind offering her to Duke Gondi

bert. Davenant, 240.

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Voyage to Ireland, in burlesque. C. Cotton, 292.
Thoughts-What are they? Flatman, 300.
Character of Shaftesbury. Dryden, 306.
Character of Zimri. The same, 307.

Character of Doeg and Og (the poets Settle and Shad-
well). The same, 307.

Description of Lycurgus, king of Thrace, and of
Emetrius, king of Inde. The same, 308.
Preparations for a Tournament. The same, 309.
From The Flower and the Leaf. The same, 311.

The influence of custom. Pomfret, 314.

The Bookworm. Parnell, 325.

Letter from Italy. Addison, 338.

On himself, when in a consumption. Dr. Sewell, 345.
From the Spleen. Green, 358.

Epistle to his friends. West, 372.

The Bastard. Sarage, 374.

Verses, written after seeing Windsor Castle. T. War-
ton, sen., 395.

The Castle of Indolence, Canto I. Thomson, 403.
Epistle to the Earl of Dorset. A. Philips, 412.
The Summum Bonum. Welsted, 413.
Verses written in an inn. A. Hill, 425.

Allegorical description of Vertù. G. West, 428.
Grongar Hill. Dyer, 435.

From the Prophecy of Famine. Churchill, 458.
Lochleven. Bruce, 477.

Extracts from The Shipwreck. Falconer, 481-488.
From The Pleasures of Imagination. Akenside, 489—

From A Monody to the Memory of his Wife. Shaw, 510.
The Farmer's Ingle. Fergusson, 519.
The Traveller. Goldsmith, 527.

The Deserted Village. The same, 530.

Eulogius, or the Charitable Mason. Harte, 538.
Written in the window of an obscure lodging-house.
Anon. 542.

The Old Bachelor. Anon. 544.

From The Art of Preserving Health. Armstrong, 548

Duties of a Country Justice. Langhorne, 552, &c.
Gipsies. The same, 554

The Helmets. Penrose, 561.

The Field of Battle. The same, 561.

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The Reptile and Insect World. Brooke, 567.
Extracts from "Leonidas." Glover, 590–598.
Invocation to Melancholy. Headley, 602.

Death of Irad, and the lamentation of Selima over
his body. Dwight, 616.

Extracts from Judah Restored. Dr. Roberts, 628-633.
The Dying Indian. J. Warton, 668.
Extracts from The Task. Cowper, 679–680.

On the Loss of the Royal George. The same, 681.
Yardley Oak. The same, 681
Destruction of Cambyses's Army, Darwin, 685.
Midnight Conflagration. The same, 686.

The heroic attachment of the youth in Holland who
attended his mistress in the plague. The same, 687.
The Minstrel. Book I. Beattie, 689.

DILLON. See Roscommon.

Disdain returned. Carew, 155.
DODSLEY (Robert), specimens of, 460.

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From David and Bethsabe. Peele.

From The Maid's Tragedy. Beaumont and Fletcher.
From the tragedy of Philaster. The same, 88.
From The Custom of the Country. The same, 96.
From the comedy of All Fools. Chapman, 130.
From the tragedy of Women beware Women. Mid-
dleton, 136.

Fromthe playof Blurt, Master-Constable. The same, 139.
From The Phoenix. The same. 140.

From The Honest Whore. Dekker, 161.
From Vittoria Corombona. Webster, 162.
From The Bondman. Massinger, 175.

From The Great Duke of Florence. The same, 179.
From The Fair Maid of the Exchange. Heywood, 193.
From The Grateful Servant. Shirley, 219, lxxviii.
From The Gentleman of Venice. The same, 220.
From The Traitor, lxxix.

From The Brothers, lxxix.


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From The Scornful Lady. The same, 91.
From The Maid of the Mill. The same, 91.
From the tragedy of Rollo.

The same, 93.

From The Beggar's Bush. The same, 93.
From the tragedy of Bonduca. The same, 94.
From the comedy of Monsieur Thomas. The same, 96.
From A King and No King. The same, 98-99.
From the tragedy of Amurath. Goffe, 103.
From Sophonisba, a tragedy. Marston, 127.
From Antonio and Mellida. The same, 128.
From the comedy of All Fools. Chapman, 130.
From The Muses' Looking Glass. Randolph, 132.
From the tragedy of Women beware Women. Mid-
dleton, 137.

From The Roaring Girl. The same, 138-139.
From The Fox. Ben Jonson, 149.

Fortune giving Fortunatus his choice of goods.
Dekker, 160.

From the Duchess of Malfi. Webster, 163, 165.
From The Lover's Melancholy. Ford, 166.
From the comedy of A New Wonder. Rowley, 168.
From The Duke of Milan, a tragedy. Massinger, 171.
From The Bondman. The same, 173-179.

From The Fatal Dowry. Massinger and Field, 180.
From the tragedy of A Woman killed with Kindness.
Heywood, 192.

From The Fatal Contract. Heminge, 212.

From the tragedy of The Cardinal. Shirley, 215–218.
From The Royal Master. The same, 218.

From The Grateful Servant. The same, 219.

From The Doubtful Heir. The same, 220.
From The Lady of Pleasure. The same, 223-228.
From Chabot, Admiral of France. Shirley and Chap-
man, 228-230.

From The City Match. Mayne, 253.

From The Masque of Comus. Milton, 260-264.
From The Orphan. Otway, 282.

From Venice Preserved. The same, 284.
From Theodosius; or, The Force of Love. Lee, 302.
From The Fair Penitent. Rowe, 332.
From The Mourning Bride.

Congreve, 346.

From The Fatal Curiosity. Lillo, 362–367.
From the tragedy of The Fatal Marriage. Southerne,


From The Gentle Shepherd. Allan Ramsay, 439.
From the tragedy of Barbarossa. Brown, 474.

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His conversations with Jonson, 144-145.

DRVDEN (John), specimens of, 306–312.

Critical remarks on his works, lxxxiii-lxxxv,

His descriptive powers, lxxxix.

Passage borrowed from, by Goldsmith, 534.

His translation of the Eclogues and Georgics, com-
pared with Warton's, 664.

His contradictory criticisms, &c., 699.

Dubartas's poem on Creation, translated by Sylvester,
specimen of, lxix.

The question considered, how far Milton was indebted
to it, lxix.

Dulcina, a tale. Sir W. Raleigh, 78.

DUNBAR (William), notices of, xlviii, 17, 18-22.

Specimen of his poems, 22-24.

DWIGHT (Timothy), specimens of, 616–618.
DYER (John), notice of, 435.

Specimen of, 435.

EDWARDS (Richard), specimens of his poetry, 34.
Notice of, lviii.


On the Death of Addison. Tickell, 367.

A Love Elegy. Hammond, 369.

On the sorrow of an ingenuous mind, on the melan-
choly event of a licentious amour. Shenstone, 450.
On Spring. Bruce, 476.

The Tears of Old May-day. Lovibond, 542.
Elizabeth (Queen), general character of poetry during the

age of, xxxv.

Ellis (George), his view of the rise of our language com-

bated. xxix-xxxii, 17.

England's Helicon, extract from, 61.
English Language, formation of, xxx.
Commencement of, xxxi.

English Poetry, state of, in the twelfth century, xxxv.

In the thirteenth century, xxxvi.

In the fourteenth century, xxxviii.

In the fifteenth century, xlv.

In the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the six-
teenth century, xlviii.

During the sixteenth century, 1.
During the seventeenth century, lxxii.

During the former part of the eighteenth century,


On his return from Spain. Sir T. Wyat, 28.
Of a precise Tailor. Sir J. Harrington, 73.
On Lucy, Countess of Bedford. Ben Jonson, 146.
The Remedy worse than the Discase. Prior, 341.
On partial Fame. The same, 341.
On two Monopolists. Byrom, 516.
Quod petis hic est. Bishop, 639.
Splendeat usu. The same, 639.
Quocunque modo rem. The same, 639.
Miscellaneous. Perrot, 74.


On Elizabeth, L. H. Ben Jonson, 147.

On the Countess of Pembroke. The same, 149.
On Lady Mary Villiers. Carew, 155.

On sauntering Jack and idle Joan. Prior, 341.
On Mrs. Mason. Mason, 661.

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FERGUSSON (Robert), notice of, 519.
Specimen of, 519.

FIELD (Nathaniel), specimen of, 159.

Assisted Massinger in The Fatal Dowry, 180, net.
Fireside, described. Cotton, 615.

FITZGEFFREY (Charles), specimens of, 142.

FLATMAN (Thomas), specimens of, 300–301.

FLETCHER (Giles and Phineas), notices of, lxvi, 80–81.
Specimens of their poems, 81–84.

FLETCHER (John), plan of, and strictures on his Istana
Princess, lxxv, note.

See BEAUMONT (Francis).

FORD (John), critical notices of, lxxvii, 166.

Specimens of, 166-168.

France, journey to, described. Bishop Cortet, 135.
Friend, character of a true one. Kath, Philips, 212.

Garrick, character of. Churchill, 458.
GARTH (Dr.), specimens of, 335–337.
GASCOIGNE (George), notice of, 38.

Specimens of his poems, 38-39.
Notice of, lviii.

On the versification of Chaucer, lii.
GAY (John), notices of, 45, 351.

Specimens of his poems, 351-357.
Genius, power of, over Envy. W. Browne, 18

Enjoyments of, in collecting its stores for com
position. Akenside, 493.

Geoffrey of Monmouth's history, character of, xxx
Gifford (William), notes on Ford by, lxxvii, 166.
On Skelton, 1.

On a passage in Shakspeare, lviii.

Gipsies described. Langhorne, 554.

GLOVER (Richard), notice of, 588-590; alluded to,
Specimens of his poems, 590—599,

GODOLPHIN (Sidney), specimen of, 183.

Godwin (William), his extravagant admiration of a pas
sage in Phaer's Virgil censured, lxviii.
GOFFE (Thomas), 103.

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