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Published by W. SUTTABY, CROSBY and Co. and SCATCHERD and LETTERMAN,

Stationers Court.

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CONTENTS TO VOL. I. PART IL.

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(QUEEN ANN.) THOMAS PARNELL. 1679–1717. Page The Hermit

217 A Night-Piece on Death

• 224 A Hymn to Contentment

226 A Fairy Tale

228 Health.--An Eclogue

234 The Flies---An Eclogue An Allegory on Man

238 JOHN PHILLIPS. 1676–1708. The Splendid Shilling

241 JOSEPH ADDISON. 1672–1719. A Letter from Italy

• 245 To Sir Godfrey Kneller

249 A Song for St. Cecilia's Day

252 An Hymn

254 NICHOLAS ROWE. 1673... 1718. Colin's Complaint.---A Song

255 DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM. 1649---1721. An Essay on Poetry

257 MATTHEW PRIOR. 1664---1721. Alma

266 Henry and Emma

• 309 The Lady's Looking-Glass

329 Chloe Hunting

• 330 The Garland

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332 Her right Name

333 Ode to Howard

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OF THE

BRITISH

POETS.

THOMAS PARNELL.

THE HERMIT.

FAR in a wild, unknown to public view,

From youth to age a reverend Hermit grew, The moss his bed, the cave his humble cell, His food the fruits, his drink the crystal well, Remote from man, with God he pass'd his days, Prayer all his business, all his pleasure praise.

A life so sacred, such serene repose, Seem'd Heaven itself, till one suggestion roseThat vice should triumph, virtue vice obey; This sprung some doubt of Providence's sway: His hopes no more a certain prospect boast, And all the tenor of his soul is lost.

So when a smooth expanse receives imprest
Calm nature's image on its watery breast,
Down bend the banks, the trees depending grow,
And skies beneath with answering colours glow;
But if a stone the gentle sea divide,
Swift rushing circles curl on every side,
And glimmering fragments of a broken sun:
Banks, trees, and skies, in thick disorder run.

To clear this doubt, to know the world by sight, To find if books, or swains report it right

Vol. I.

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