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In some parts of the Work, and especially towards the latter End, Sentiments and Reflections will be found which may appear, perhaps, singular ; but, it is presumed, they will not on that account be thought impertinent. They are generally concerning Things with which Learning has little to do, but where Nature herself is to be consulted, and here no Preeminence is to be claimed in Consequence of a superior Education ; since every Man can best feel how he is affected.

Whatever Value these Reflections and Observations may have, the Examples introduced will always have their Merit, and will, we hope, lead the young Student to a careful perusal of the Volumes from whence they are extracted.





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Page 1 of the Origin of Poetry Of Music and Dancing

3 The Intention of these perverted

4 of the Structure of Englis Verse, and of Rhyme Of the several sorts of English Verses Of the Elisions allowed in English Poetry, with Miscellaneous Remarks

14 Of the Beauty of Thought in Poetry

Thoughts in Poetry may be just without being true 19 Of sublime Thoughts, with Examples of agreeable or beautiful Thoughts, with Examples 27 of delicate Thoughts, with Examples Of Humour Of brilliant Thoughts, with Examples

Of hunting down a Thought, and its bad Effects Of the STYLE of Poetry

41 The Difference between the Style of Poetry and Profe ibid. Of Epithets, Tropes and Figures, and their use 43 The Latitude given to Epithets by Quintilian and Rollin is too great

ibid. When Epithets may be admitted with Propriety ibid. Of Compound Epithets

ibid. Epithets to be used sparingły when the Passions are concerned

ibid. None are found in the affecting Oration which Shakespeare puts into the Mouth of Mark Authony

44 Tropes and Figures best learned by reading the Poets and polite Authors

45 of the Metaphor, the Simile and the Description

46 Many Figures may be resolved into the Description 47 Of the various Sorts of Style

ibid. The Sublime Style

48 The Plain Style

50 The

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The Mediate or Middle Style

51 The Sarcastical, Florid and other Styles How the Passions are best express'd

53 of the different Species of Poetry

54 These classed in a new manner

55 PRECEPTS for the EPIGRAM, with occasional Remarks

56 to 61 Epigram written by Mr. Pope with the Earl of Chesterfield's Diamond pencil

57 On a Flower painted by Varelf, by Mr. Prior ibid. On Venus mistaken, by the same

ibid. On Chloe weeping, by the same

58 On a Fan, by Dr. Atterbury

ibid. On bad Dancers to good Music

59 On a bad Fidler

ibid. On a Man who hired People to make Verfes for him ibid. On an ugly Woman

ibid. On Prometheus drawn by a bad Painter, by Mr. Cowley 60 On a bad Writer, by Mr. Prior

ibid On a reasonable Amiation, by Mr. Prior

ibid. On the erecting of a Monument to the Memory of Mr. Butler, by Mr. Weftley

61 On an Epigram

ibid. On Apollo and Daphne, by Mr. Smart

ibid. PRECEPTS for the EPITAPH, with Occasional Remarks, from

61 to 69 Epitaph on Orpheus

62 On Mary Countess Dowa. of Pembroke, by Ben Jobnfon 63 On a beautiful and virtuous Lady, by the same ibid. On Mr. Gay, by Mr. Pope

ibid. On Dr. Francis Atterbury, Bp. of Rochester, by Mr. Pope 64 On Master----who died of a lingering Illness, by Mr. Smart

ibid. On Mr. Prior, written by himself

ibid. On one who would not be buried in Westminster-Abbey, by Mr. Pope

65 On a Mifer

ibid. On ditto, by Dr. Swift

ibid. On Stephen the Fidler

ibid. On Mr. Pultney

On Francis Chartres, by Dr Arbuthnot
On Mr. Dove an Apothecary
On Signior Fido, a Greyhound, by Mr. Pope

69 PRECEPTS for the ELEGY,with occasional Remarks 70 to 84

Elegy to the memory of an unfortunate Lady,byMr.Popeyo
Written in a Country Church-yard, by Mr. Grey 73
The Tears of Scotland, written in 1746, by Dr. Smollet 76
A Love Elegy, by Mr. Hammond

78 On the suppos'd Death of Mr. Partridge the Almanackmaker, by Dr. Swift


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PRECEPTS for the PASTORAL, with occasional Remarks

84 to 116 Of the origin of Pastoral Amaryllis, or the third Idyllium of Theocritus, by Mr. Fawkes

87 Virgil's firft Pastoral, translated by Dryden Spenser's sixth Eclogue

93 Mr. Phillips's second Eclogue

97 Mr. Pope's Eclogue, inscribed to Mr. Wycherly Mr. Gay's first Pastoral, entitled the Squabble 104 The Small-Pox. A Town Eclogue, by the Right Hon. L. M. W. M.

109 The Meliab. A sacred Eclogue, by Mr. Pope

IIZ PRECEPTS for the EPIstle, with occasional Remarks

116 to 128 Ease and Elegance the true Charecteristic of the Epistle 116 A Letter to the Rt. Hon. Charles Lord Halifax, by Mr. Addison

117 To Mr. Pope, by the Rt. Hon. Lord Littleton To Mr. Addison, by Mr. Pope

123 To the Earl of Dorset, by Mr. Philips

125 To Miss Blount, by Mr. Pope

127 PRECEPTS for DESCRIPTIVE POETRY, with occasional Remarks

128 to 156 L'Allegro: or the lively Pleasures of Mirth, by Milton 129 Il Pensoroso, or the gloomy Pleasures of Melancholy, by

the same Description of the four SEASONS, by Mr. Thomson 137 Of Spring Address to Heaven in favour of the Farmer

ibid. Description of a gentle refreshing Rain, and of the Rainbow

138 The cruelty of destroying Creatures that are inoffensive 140 Of the Summer

141 Description of a Summer's Morning and the Sun rising ibid. Hymn on that occasion

142 Description of a Storm

145 Tale of two Lovers in a Tempest

147 Of the Autumn

148 Description of the Reapers

149 The History of Lavinia

ibid. OF Winter

152 Reflection on Midnight

153 Description of a deep Snow in which a Husbandman was loft

ibid. Reflections on the Wants and Miseries of Mankind

154 Wint r compared to old Age, with suitable Reflections 155 PRECEPTS for DIDACTIC or PrecePTIVE POETRY, with occasional Remarks

156 to 235 The origin and use of this kind of Poetry

156 Of Pope's Elay on Man



ibid. 167

Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to the Universe

ibid. That Happiness depends upon our Ignorance of future Events, and the hope of a future State

159 The folly of craving for Perfections which Providence has denied us

160 The madness of Man's desiring to be other than what he is

161 Absolute Submission due to Providence

ibid. of the Nature and State of Man with respect to himself as an individual

ibid. Of Self-love, and Reason, with their use

162 Of the Passions, and their use

163, 164 Of the Nature and State of Man with respect to Society 165 That no Creature fubfifts wholly for itself, nor wholly for

another, the happiness of Animals therefore is mutual 165 Reason instructed by Instinct in inventing of Arts, and in forming Societies

166 The true end of Government, and the use of Self-love

to Society of the Nature and State of Man, with respect to Happiness

ibid. Happiness balanced among Mankind by the two Passions of Hope and Fear

168 But that good Men have the Advantage

ibid. Eternal Goods are so far from being the Rewards of Virtue that they are often destructive of it

169 That Virtue only constitutes Happiness

ibid. Of the Universe; a Poem, by Mr. Baker

170 Of Virgil's Georgics

173 The Prodigies supposed to have preceded the death of Cæfar

174 The manner of grafting Trees

175 Of transplanting Trees

176 A beautiful description of Italy

177 The Pleasures of Rural Life

ibid. Of training upCalves to theYoke,and breaking of Horses178

180 Description of a War Horse

ibid. Description of a Distemper among the Cattle The Nature and Government of Bees

182 Of Gay's Rural Sports Of Angling

ibid. Of Setting Of Shooting

188 Of Hunting

189 Of Gay's Trivia, or Art of walking the Streets

190 The Rise of the Patten, a Fable

ibid. The Rise of the Shoe-blacking Trade

192 Description of Frott-Fair on the Thames

195 Of Pope's Elay on Criticism




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