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By Charles W. Eliot

The purpose in those 3 volumes of English Poetry has been to offer, so far as the bounds of area allowed, a considerable illustration of the main individual poets of britain and the USA for the final years. between prior anthologies a particularly vast acceptance has been given through the simplest judges to Francis Turner Palgraves Golden Treasury of the easiest Songs and Lyrical Poems within the English Language, first released in 1861; and it's been proposal most sensible to make that assortment the nucleus of the current one. the entire poems initially chosen by way of Mr. Palgrave have, consequently, been retained, aside from these by way of Milton and Burns, which seem within the Harvard Classics within the entire versions of the poetical works of those authors.Contents: William Collins; George Sewell; Alison Cockburn; Jan Elliot; John Logan; Samuel Johnson; Oliver Goldsmith; William Cowper; Anna Babbauld; Carolina Oliphant; Anne Hunter; William Blake; Robert Tannanill; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Sir Walter Scott; Thomas Campbell; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Thomas Moore; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats; Walter Savage Landor; Thomas Hood; Hartley Coleridge; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Edward Fitzgerald.

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Or wherefore his characters thus without fault? Say, was it that vainly directing his view To find out men's virtues, and finding them few, Quite sick of pursuing each troublesome elf, He grew lazy at last, and drew from himself? Here Douglas retires from his toils to relax, The scourge of impostors, the terror of quacks: Come, all ye quack bards, and ye quacking divines, Come, and dance on the spot where your tyrant reclines: When satire and censure encircled his throne, I fear'd for your safety, I fear'd for my own; But now he is gone, and we want a detector, Our Dodds shall be pious, our Kendricks shall lecture; Macpherson write bombast, and call it a style; Our Townshend make speeches, and I shall compile; New Lauders and Bowers the Tweed shall cross over, No countryman living their tricks to discover; Detection her taper shall quench to a spark, And Scotchman meet Scotchman, and cheat in the dark.

The spotted ounce and playsome cubs Run rustling 'mong the flowering shrubs. And lizards feed the moss; For Adoration beasts embark, While waves upholding halcyon's ark No longer roar and toss. While Israel sits beneath his fig, With coral root and amber sprig The weaned adventurer sports; Where to the palm the jasmine cleaves, For Adoration 'mong the leaves The gale his peace reports. Increasing days their reign exalt, Nor in the pink and mottled vault The opposing spirits tilt; And by the coasting reader spied, The silverlings and crusions glide For Adoration gilt.

For Adoration all the ranks Of Angels yield eternal thanks, And David in the midst: With God's good poor, which, last and least In man's esteem, Thou to Thy feast, O Blessed Bridegroom, bidst. For Adoration seasons change, And order, truth, and beauty range, Adjust, attract, and fill: The grass the polyanthus checks; And polished porphyry reflects, By the descending rill. Rich almonds colour to the prime For Adoration; tendrils climb, And fruit-trees pledge their gems; And Ivis, with her gorgeous vest, Builds for her eggs her cunning nest, And bell-flowers bow their stems.

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