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pursued, by faithful endeavours to cựltivate the understandings of youth, and by a steady attention to discipline, it is hoped, that you will have the satisfaction to observe the same effects produced, and that the scene will be realized, which Our POETESS has so beau. tifully described:

When this, this little group their country calls
From academic shades and learned halls,
To fix her laws, her spirit to sustain,
And light up glory through her wide domain;
Their various tastes in different arts display'd,
Like temper'd harmony of light and shade,
With friendly union in one mass shall blend,
And this adorn the state, and that defend.

I am,

With fincere Respect and Gratitude,

Your much obliged,

And most obedient Servant,


Warrington Academy,

Octobe: 1, 1774.


Page viii




I to 16



Page, Chap.

I The Dervise Spectator 17 14 Sir Balaam

2 Turkish Tale

Ib. 18) 15 Edwin and Emma Mallet 44

3 Avarice and Luxury 16. 19 16 Celadon & Amelia Thomfon 47

4 Pleasure and Fain Ib. 21117 Junio and Theana Grainger 49

5 Labour

World 23 13 Dcuylasto L.Randolph Home 53.

6 The Old Man & his Ass Ib: 24. 19 Othello's Apology, Sbakf. 54

7 The Choice of HerculesTat. 25 20 Eliza

8 Pity

Mrs. Barbauld 28 21 The Moralizer corree'ed

9 'The Dead Ass

Cowper 57

10 The Sword

Ib. 31 22 The Faithful Friend Ib. 59

II Maria

Ib. 33 23 Pairing Tinicanticipated Ib. 60

12 The Camelion Merrick 381 24 The Needlef3 Aların

13 The Youth and the Philo- 25 The Modern Rake's Pro.

sopher Wbitebead 401 gress

llurdis 67


I On Modefty Spectator 2015_0n Happiness

2 On Cheerfulness Ib. 72/16 On Virtue

1. 102

3 On Sincerity * Tillotson 7517 On Verlification

4 On Honour

Guardian 78 18 Lessons on Wisdom Armst 105

5 On Good Humour Rambler 81 19 Againit Indolence;

6 On the knowledge of the

1 pirtie



Ib, 84,20 Flegyto a Young Nobleman

7 On the Advantages of unit-

Miasen 111

ing Gentleness of Manners 21 On tlic iseries of Fuimur

with Firmness of Mind


"bonifon 112

Lord Chesterfield 86 22 Reflections on

8 On Good Sense Melmoth 891 State

On Study

Bacon 90 23 On Procrastination Yourg 115

10 On Satirical Wit

Sterne 91 24 The l'ain arising from vir.

11 Hamlet's Iuftructions

tuous Emotions attended

the Players Shakspeare 92

with pleasure tkenfidde 116

12 The present Condition of 25 On Talle

Man vindicated Pope 93 26 The Pleasures arising froin

13 On the Order of Nature Ib. 95 cultivated Imagina

14 'The Origin of Superstition


Ib. 126

and Tyranny Ib. 9727. Slavery

Darwin 123

Ib. II



Pages Chap.


On Anger Holland 125 4 On the Immortality of the

2 Virtue our highest Interest Soul

Spectator 133

Harris 134 5 On the Being of a God


The fame Subject

Young 136



Page Chap.

i Juniùs Brutus over the dead proposing an Accomoda-

Body of Lucretia Livy 1381 tion between Henrylland

2 Hannibal to his Soldiers Ib. 140 Stephen

Lord Lyttleton 153

3 C.Mrius to the Romans, on 8 Mr. Pulteney's Speech

their hesitating to appoint on the Motion for Reduc.

him General in the Expe. ing the Army


dition against Jugurtha, 9 Sir John St. ubin's Speech

merely on Account of his

for repealing the Septen-


Salluft 142

nial Act


4 Callisthenes's Reproof of 10 SirRobert Walpole's Reply 167

Cleon's Flattery to Alex- 11 Lord Lyttleton's Speech

ander Quintus Curtius 146 on the Repeal of the Act

5 The Scythian Ambaffadors called the Jew Bill, in

to Alexander 14. 147

the Year 1753


6 Galgacus, the General of the 12 In Praise of Virtuc Price 176

Caledonii, to his Army, 13 TheSpeech of Brutuson the

to incite them to action Death of Cæsar Shaks. 178

againt the RomansTacit. 150 14 Gloucestei's Speech to the

TheEarl of Arundel's Speech, Nobles



Page Chap.

i On Happinefs Harris 180 9 Duke and Lord

Shakl. 205

2 The fame Subject Ib. 18510 Duke and Jaques

3 On Criticism Sterne 19011 Henry and Lord Chief

4 On Negroes


5 Rivers and Sir Harry 12 Archbishop of Canterbury

False Delicacy 193 and Bishop of Ely

6 Sir John Melviland Sterling 13 Hamlet and Horatio Ib. 214

Clandestine Marriage 195 14 Brutus and Caflius

7 Belcour and Stockwell 15 Belarius, Guiderius, and

West Indian 199 Arviragus

8 Lord Euftace and Brampton

School for Rakes 202



Page Chap


I Sensibility Sterne 225 4 The Man of Rofs' Pope 228

2 Liberty and Slavery Ib. 226 5 The Country Clergyman

3 Corporal Trim's Eloquence

Goldsmith 230

Ib. 227 6 The Wish

Green 231

7 Grongar

Dyer 235

15. 279


Page, Chap


7 Grongar Hill

a For

Shrkf. 275
8 Hymn to Adversity Gray 240 22 Clarence's Dream 16. 276
9 Ode on a distant Profpect 23 Queen Mab

of Econ College Ib. 241 24 The Apothecary Ib. 283
10 Elegy written in a Coun- 25 Ode to i.vening Collins 280

try Churchyard Ib. 24426 Ode to Spring Mrs. Barba. 282

1 Warrington Academy 27 Domestic Love and Hap-

Mrs. Barbarell 249 piness Ty, n 384

12 Ode to Content 1b. 252 28 "The Pleasures of Retire.
13 Ode to Fear


Ib. 286
14 Ode to Truth

Alufor 236 29 Genius Akonfede 264
15 Ode to fancy W'arron 258130 Greatness
16 L'Allegro Millon 262 31 Nov lty
17 Il Penferoso Ib. 267 32 Philanthropy

Darvin 294

18 The l'rogresso Life Shak. 272)33 The Ross comper. 2)5

19 The Entry of Bolingbroke 3+ The Poet's New Year's Gift

and Richard into lon-

1.. 296


Ib. 273 35 Ode to Apollo

20 Life

Ib. 274 36 Catharina

21 Hotspur's Defcription of 37 The Evening Walk Hurdis 300

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