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The Poetical Works of William Collins With a Memoir   By: (1721-1759)

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[Illustration: William Collins Ætatis

Quos primus equis Oriens afflavit anhelis Virg.]



[Illustration: Perennis et Fragrans. ]



Page Memoir by Sir Harris Nicolas v An Essay on the Genius and Poems of Collins, by Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. xliii

ORIENTAL ECLOGUES. Selim; or, The Shepherd's Moral 3 Hassan; or, The Camel Driver 7 Abra; Or, The Georgian Sultana 11 Agib And Secander; or, The Fugitives 15

ODES. To Pity 21 To Fear 24 To Simplicity 28 On the Poetical Character 31 Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746 34 To Mercy 35 To Liberty 37 To a Lady, On the Death of Colonel Ross, written in May, 1745 44 To Evening 48 To Peace 52 The Manners 54 The Passions 58 On the Death of Thomson 63 On the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland; considered as the Subject of Poetry; inscribed to Mr. John Home 66 An Epistle, addressed to Sir Thomas Hanmer, on his Edition of Shakespeare's Works 78 Dirge in Cymbeline, sung by Guiderus and Arviragus over Fidele, supposed to be dead 87 Verses written on a Paper which contained a Piece of Bride cake, given to the Author by a Lady 89 To Miss Aurelia C R, on her Weeping at her Sister's Wedding 91 Sonnet 91 Song. The Sentiments borrowed from Shakespeare 92 On our late Taste in Music 94

Observations on the Oriental Eclogues, by Dr. Langhorne 101 Observations on the Odes, by the same 118


"A Bard, Who touched the tenderest notes of Pity's lyre." HAYLEY.

No one can have reflected on the history of genius without being impressed with a melancholy feeling at the obscurity in which the lives of the poets of our country are, with few exceptions, involved. That they lived, and wrote, and died, comprises nearly all that is known of many, and, of others, the few facts which are preserved are often records of privations, or sufferings, or errors. The cause of the lamentable deficiency of materials for literary biography may, without difficulty, be explained. The lives of authors are seldom marked by events of an unusual character; and they rarely leave behind them the most interesting work a writer could compose, and which would embrace nearly all the important facts in his career, a "History of his Books," containing the motives which produced them, the various incidents respecting their progress, and a faithful account of the bitter disappointment, whether the object was fame or profit, or both, which, in most instances, is the result of his labours... Continue reading book >>

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