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your sleep be as sound as your bed will be sumptuous, and yous nights at least will be well provided for.

I shall send up the sixth and seventh books of the Iliad shortly, and shall address them to you. You will forward them to the General. I long to show you my workshop, and to see you sitting on the opposite side of my table. We shall be as close packed as l'wo wax figures in an old-fashioned picture frame. I am writing in it now. It is the place in which I fabricate all my verse in sunumer time. I rose an hour sooner than usual this morning, that I might finish my sheet before breakfast, for I must write this day to the General.

The grass under my windows is all bespangled with dewdrops, and the birds are singing in the apple trees, among the blossoms. Never poet had a more commodious oratory in which to invoke his Muse.

TRANSLATION OF HOMER-THE NONSENSE CLUB.

gave

l'o JosEPH HILL, Esq. My dear friend,

OLNEY, June 9, 1786. The little time that I can devote to any other purpose than that of poetry is, as you may suppose, stolen. 'Homer is urgent. Much is done, but much remains undone, and no schoolboy is inore altentive to the performance of his daily task than I am. You will therefore excuse me if at present I am both unfrequent and short.

I had a letter some time since from your sister Fanny, ihat me great pleasure. Such notices from old friends are always pleasant, and of such pleasures 1 have received many lately. They refresh the remeinbrance of early days, and make me young again. The noble institution of the Nonsense Club will be furgotten, when we are gone who composed it; but I often think o! your inost heroic line, written at one of our meetings, and especially think of it when I am translating Homer,

"To whom replied the Devil yard-long-tailed." I There never was any thing more truly Grecian than that triple epithet, and were it possible to introduce it into either Iliad or Odyssey, I should certainly steal it. I am now flushed with ex• pectation of Lady Hesketh, who spends the summer with us. We hope to see her next week. We have found admirable lodgings boch for her and her suite, and a Quaker in this town, still more admirable than they, who, as if he loved her as much as I do, fur. nishes them for her with real elegance.

I see page 70 under "Moral Plays."

ON A PARTICULAR PROVIDENCE." How mysterious are the ways of Providence! Why did I receive grace and mercy? Why was I preserved, afflicted for my good, received, as I trust, into favor, and blessed with the greatest happiness I can ever know or hope for in this life, while others were overtaken by the great arrest, unawakened, unrepent jny, and every way unprepared for it? His infinite wisdom, to whose infinite mercy I owe it all, can solve these questions, and none beside him. If I am convinced that no affliction can befall me without the permission of God, I am convinced, likewise, that he sees and knows that I am afflicted. Believing this, I must in the same degree believe that, if I pray to him for deliverance, he hears me; I inusi needs know likewise with equal assurance that, if he hears, he will also deliver me, if that will, upon the whole, be inost conducive to my happiness; and if he does not deliver me, I may be well assured that he has none but the most benevolent intention in declining it. He made us, not because we could add to his happiness, which was always perfect, but that we might be happy ourselves; and will he not, in all his dispensations towards us, even in the minutest, consult that end for which he made us ? To suppose the contrary, is (which we are not always aware of) affronting every one of his attributes ; and at the same time the certain consequence of disbelieving his care for us is, that we renounce utterly our dependence upon him. In this view, it will appear plainly that the line of duty is not stretched too tight, when we are told that we ought to accept every thing a: his hands as a blessing, and to be thankful even while we smarı under the rod of iron with which he sometimes rules us. With. out this persuasion, every blessing, however we may think our. selves happy in it, loses its greatest recoinmendation, and every apliction is intolerable. Death itself must be welcome to him who has this faith, and he who has it not, must aim at it, if he ja not a madman.

1 From a letter to Lady Hesketh, dated dept. 4, 1766.

INDEX TO SUBJECTS,

AND TO

NAMES INCIDENTALLY MENTIONED IN THE YOLUME.

(FOR THE AUTHORS IN THE WORK, SEE ALPHABETICAL List, IN THE SEVENTH PAGE!

PAGE

81
...... 721

..... 257

Abstinence, in Samson Agonistes......... 268 Anger, by Dodsley

551
Absurdities of Useless Learning............ 495

by Donne.....

168
Acorn and Atheist, by Anne Finch ......... 396 Angler, Speech of, by Walton...

305
Activity Necessary to keep Fame bright., 141

The Complete, by Walton .......... 303
Addison, Death bed of

376 Animals, Mercy to, by Cowper............... 740
Death of, by Tickell.....

427

Antenor, To my, by Philips......... 217
Labor of..............

377 Aphorisms, Miscellaneous, by Fuller....... 208
Lines to, by Somerville............ 432 A pology, Ascham's...

77
Remark of, On “Invocation to

by Robert Barclay.

.................. 325
Light".

252
of Jolin Wiclif....

23
Address to Melancholy, by Beanmont..... 143 Apparel, Hudibras', by Butler.............. 296
Advancement of Learning, by Bacon....... 160 Approbation, Desire of, by Baxter.......... 334
Aureuturer, Drake on The.................... 609 Arcadia, Description of, by Siduey.
Adversity, by Taylor.........

Arnold, on Chivalry .........
Atvico tu the Youthful Student, by Pitt. 641 | Arthur, Prince, Description of, by Spensen 99
Æneid, Remark of Addison on............... 375 Aspirations of Man, Inmortal.............. 580
Agi's, The Seven, by Sbakspeare.........

134

Atheist and Acorn, by Anne Finch......... 396
Albert, The Commander, Death of ......... 563 Athens, by Milton...........
Albion, Origin of the paine of, by Caxton. 43 Authors, Conversation of, by Johnson.... 661
All Can do Good, by Talbot.....

567 Avarice, The Vanity of, by Habington.... 198
All cannot be Poets, by Goldsmith......... 634
All-Conquering Power of Truth............. 267 Bacon, on Adversity..

222
Allegorical Characters in Hell, by Sack.

Character of, by Jonson............... 174
122
On Knowledge..........

282
All-Sufficiency of the Scriptures, by Wi- Bale, John, his Remarks on Mandeville.. 17
clif..
23 Bard, Origin of Gray's..............

595
Alps, Scenery of the, by Goldsmith........ 631 The, by Gray.. .......................... 590
Althea, lines to the, by Lovelace............. 206 The, Note on .............................. 590
Ambition, Folly of, by Raleigh................ 147 Barclay's A pology .................

............. 325
America, as discovered by Columbus, by Bards, The Irish, by Spenser.....

104
Robertson......
687 Barnes, on Slavery.....

845
Amusement and Industry, Pleasures of .. 365 Bartow, ou Baxter

332
Amusements, Cowper's.....
756 Battle of the Books, by Swift..

133
Ancient Empires, The fall of, by Sandys. 181 Baucis and Philemon. by Swift
Ancients, Learning and Wisdom of the, Bawdin, Death of Sir Charles...

571
by Bacon.........

160 Beasts the, Within Us, liy lighton
A vecdoto of Boyle...
328 Beattie, on Gray............

580
Avecdote of Queen Elizabeth...

76
on Gray's Letters.....

113
Angols, Care of, over Men, by Spenser... 10:2 -- on Sterle's Dream

763

ville .....

......... #12

...... 310

PAOE

.... 244

PAGI
Beauty, Cause of our Pleasure in........... 582 | Bruce, by Barbour......................... 25

Frailty and Hurtfulness of ........ 63 Brydges, Sir Egerton, on Collins....... .... 517
Moral,superior to Natural Beauty 582

on Collins' Ode to Evening. 519
Beau, Dissection of the head of a............. 383

on Gray

5ST
- The Fashionable but kamished...... 201

on Gray's Elegy

596
Beaumont and Fletcher

143

on Johnson's Life of Milton..... 240
Ber:ket, Thomas á, Shrine of.................. 27

on Milton..........

208
Bedford, Letter of Junius to the Duke of. 727

On Milton's sonnet “On his
Bee and the Spider, by Swift................ 437

blindness" ........................... 259
Bee, The Captive, or the Little Filcher.... 215

on Raleigh.

146
Beecher on Duelling........

186

On the Duchess of Newcastle ... 236
Beelzebub, Note on the name of.

437

on the Ode to the Nativity....... 241
Bees, Commonwealth of........

142

on the Prose Writings of Milton. 200
Leing, The Scale of, by Pops.....

456

on the sonnet to Faerie Queene, 151
Belinda, Description of, by Pope...... 458

on the Soul's Errand........ 151
Bellerus, Romark on.........

248
on Warton.......

680
Belphæbe, Description of, by Spenser .... 100

Remark of, on Com us............ 249
Beneficence, by Richardsou....

527

Remark of, on * Samson's Lam-
Benevolence, by Dodsloy....

55+
eptation".

259
Berkeley, Verses of, ou Bermuda............ 511

Remarks on Lycidas...........
Bible, by Sir Willian Jones.................. 697

Remarks on Milton......... 240
Coverdale's..................................

118

Remarks on Raleigh............. 1-19
The Great

119 Bull, The, and the Mastiff..
Translations of the .................... 118 Buoyan, Jobn, Cowper on..................... 752
Bickerstaff Learning l'encing................ 378 Burke, on Bacon.............

161
Birds, Chorus of the, by Drayton........... 169 Johnson's Remark on................ 651
Loves of the, by Thomson.............. 469

Lamentation over his son ............ 722
Birth of Gibbon........

689 Burnet, on Boyle..............
*Birtha, Character and Love of............... 233 on Leighton.......

309
Bisbop's Bible, accouut of................... 119

on Milton's Prose Works............ 201
Blair, on Swift.........

435

Remarks on Wiclif....
on Temple......

343
on Waller......

314
on Tillotson
336 Burns, Lines on Nature, by..

221
Blaize, Mrs. Mary, An Elegy on.............. 626 on Happiness.......

203
Blank Verse, Note on ...........

Remarks on, by Murdoch............ 70S
Blindness, Sonnet of Milton on his own.. 259 Burton, on Humo.......

635
Blossoms, linos on, by lerrick.............. 214

Six reasons for marriage, by........ 210
Boccacio, Influence of, on Chaucer.......... 27 Butler, Bishop Wilson's Remarks on ..... 505
Boly, Human, Structure of................... 280 Byron, Lord, on Gray's Elegy...

................. 596
Bolingbroke, Address to, by Pope........... 457 -op Gray's “shapeless sculpture".. 598

Nute on the Controversy of 495
Books and Tradition, by Johnson........... 662 Calamity, The Funeral of ........................ 238
Battle of the, by Swift ............. . 433 Calm, in a Restless World.

483
Bosom Sin, by llerbert........ .............. 177 Calumny, by Richardson...................... 5:27
Boswell, on Goldsmith, Note ou............ 621 Camden, Junius' letter to Lord.............. 733

Remarks of Johnson on Goldsmith 624 | Campaign, by Addison, Note on............ 375
on Johnson..............
653 Campbell, on Chatterton.......

570
Bounty To the Poor, Duty and Reward of.. 278

on Collins.....

517
Soyle, Anecdote of...........

328

on Cowper...
Brave, Ode to the, by Collins ........ 523

on Dryden

847
Bristol, Close of Burke's Speech to the

on Parnell

.............. 366
Electors of........

720
on Prior...

398
Britain, by Goldsmith...

on Sir William Jones .......... ....

S96
- and France, Garrick's lines on... 648

op Shenstone....................... 346
Brook, Remark of, ou Sidney......

SO

on Spenser's Faerie Queeue

........ 519

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........ 136

.... 838

Campbell, on the death of Falconer....... 663 Church Government, Reason of, part of
on the Traveller ...................... 624
Preface to ...........

261
on Thomson's Seasons

468 Cicero, Close of the Consulship of.......... 491
Remark of, on Sir W. Jones' Cicero offers himself to the Ba c ............... 490

mother...... ........................ 695 City Night-P'ece, by Goldsmith......... 629
Remark of, on Spenser........... 103 Civil Wars, l y Daniel..........................

165
on Blair's Poem on the Grave.. 465 Clarence, Dream of, by Shakspeare...
Remark on Carew's Poems..... 178 Classics, Study of the, by Pitt............... 640

Remark on Fletcher .............. 158 Clergy, Duties of, Note on.................. 366
Canterbury Tales, Remarks on.............. 2 Clergymen, Cowper on.....

889
Carazan, the Merchant of Bagdad.......... 615 Clergy, The Glory of the, by South........ 866
Cardinal Wolsey, by Johnson....... 669 Clerk, The, by Chaucer......

80
Care, by Sackville......

123 Client, The Anxious, and Rapacioas
Care of Angels over Men, by Spenser..... 102 Lawyer......

190
Cares, Worldly, by Doddridge............... 502 Coleridge, On Browne...

299
Caskets, The Threo, by Shakspeare......... 130

on Chaucer..

21
Castara, To, by Habington.................... 198

On Education............
Castle of Indolence, Lines from, by Thom-

on Happiness, Duty, Faith ..... 528
BON.........
............................. 477

on The Bosom Sin ................. 177
Cato, Tragedy of, Warton on.................. 376 Collins, Ode on Fear by, Note to ............ 517
Cause and Effect, by Latimer................. 67 Columbus Discovering America, by Ro
Cause of our Pleasure in Beauty............ 582

bertson .........

687
Censure, by Richardson ........................ 527 Commonwealth of Bees, by Shakspeare.. 142
Character, Iluman, Experience of.......... 333 Complaint, Lover's, by Wyatt............... 66
Character of the Poet, by Sidney........ 83 Comus, Scene from, by Milton ............... 249
Characters, Allegorical, in Hell............ 122 Conclusion of Pleasures of the Imagination 584
Charles Fifth, Resignation of................ 684 Confessio Amantis, by Gower....... 34
Charles I., Character of......

270 Conscience, The Eye of, by South......... 365
Charles II., Parody on the Speeches of.... 284 Consequences of Neglected Education, by
Charles XII., by Johnson......................
670 Ascham....

78
Chatham, Encomium on Lord, by Junius 732 Contemplation, Pleasure of

....... 204
Chaucer and Cowley, by Dryden............ 353 Content and Rich, by Southwell............ 90
Chease, The Game and Play of the, by Content makes Rich, by Felltham .......... 291
Caxton................

43 Contentment, by Walton ....

............... 308
Chesterfield, Johnson on....................... 649

Hymn to, by Parnell......... 368
Johnson's letter to............. 649 Content, Remarks on, by Taylor............ 221
Chevy-Chase......
...........

112 Controversies, Theological, by Baxter .... 336
Child, Epitaph upon , by Herrick......... 216 Conversation, Halo's letter on............... 276
Children, by Richardson ...................... 527

of Authors, by Johnson.... 761
Letter to his, by Hale........

275

Rules of Improvement by.. 486
Penn's advice to his................ 372 Coquette, Dissection of the heart of ... 385
Child, To a Dead, by Herrick ........... 216 Corbies, The Two................
Chinese, The, by Mandeville....

19 Cosmologist and Geologist, by Cowper... 739
Chivalry, Note on .........

721 Country, A Description of Recreations of
Chorus of the Birds, by Drayton............ 169

the..........

................ 149
Christ and Mohammed Compared........... 532

Hospitality, by Swift.............. 436
Christian, Dying, To his Soul, by Popo... 461

How Gray spent his time in the 603
Christian in Doubting Castle........... 320

Life, by Doddridge.................. 600
Christianity a Scheme Imperfectly Com-

Life, Pleasures of a, by Cowley.. 229
prehended

507

Pleasures of the, by Vaughan... 340
Christians, Preachers, by Leighton......... 811 Covenant, Entering into, by Doddridge... 504
Christians to preach by example, by Coverdale, Bible of...........

........ 116

118
Dopne

167 Covetousness, by South......................... 364
Christ. Ode to the Nativity of, by Mil-

by Taylor.....
ted..................

241 | Cowley and Chalcer, by [ yden. 363

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