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To Mr. Addison, on the Tragedy of Cato ...... 414 Resignation. In Two Parts.

Historical Epilogue to the Tragedy of the Part I.

Brothers

ib.

II.

498

Epitaph on Lord Aubrey Beauclerk, in West- On the Death of Queen Anne, 'and Accession

minster Abbey, 1740

ib. of George I. to the Throue.................... 506

Epitaph at Welwyn, Hertfordshire

ib. The Instalment

507

A Letter to Mr. Tickell, occasioned by the An Epistle to the right hon. George Lord Lans-

Death of the right honourable Joseph Addi-

downe

509

son, Esq. 1719..........

ib. Two Epistles to Mr. Pope, concerning the Au-

Reflections on the public Situation of the thors of the Age.

Kingdom .....

416

Epistle I.

513

II. From Oxford

515

THE COMPLAINT; OR, NIGHT THOUGHTS. An Epistle to the right hon. Sir Robert Wal-

pole. By Mr. Doddington, afterwards Lord

Night the First.-On Life, Death, and Immor- Melcombe

517

tality

420 The old Man's Relapse

518

Night the Second.-On Time, Death, and Verses sent by Lord Melcombe to Dr. Young. 519

Friendship

423 Sea-Piece.

Night the Third.—Narcissa

428 Dedication to Mr. Voltaire.......

ib.

Night the Fourth. - The Christian Triumph... 432 Ode I. The British Sailor's Exultation 520

Night the Fifth.-The Relapse

438

II. In which is the Sailor's Prayer be-
Night the Sixth.—The Infidel reclaimed. Part I. 446

fore Engagement......

ib.

Night the Seventh.-The Infidel reclaimed. Imperium Pelagi. A naval Lyric: written

Part II.

453 in Imitation of Pindar's Spirit. Occasioned

Night the Eighth.-Virtue's Apology

464 by his Majesty's Return, Sept. 1729, and the
Might the Ninth and Last.-The Consolation.. 475 succeeding Peace

583

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THE

POEMS

OP

ISAAC WATTS, D, D.

TOL. XIII.

THE

LIFE OF WATTS,

BY DR. JOHNSON.

The Poems of Dr. Warts were by my recommendation inserted in the late Collection; the readers of which are to impute to me whatever pleasure or weariness they may find in the perusal of Blackmore, Watts, Pomfret, and Yalden.

Isaac Watts was born July 17, 1674, at Southampton, where his father, of the same name, kept a boarding-school for young gentlemen, though common report makes him a shoemaker. He appears, from the narrative of Dr. Gibbons, to have been neither indigent nor illiterate.

Isaac, the eldest of nine children, was given to books from his infancy; and began, we are told, to learn Latin when he was four years old, I suppose, at home. He was afterwards taught Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, by Mr. Pinhorn, a clergyman, master of the Free-school at Southampton, to whom the gratitude of his scholar afterwards inscribed a Latin ode.

His proficiency at school was so conspicuous, that a subscription was proposed for his support at the university; but he declared his resolution of taking his lot with the Dissenters. Such he was, as every Christian church would rejoice to have adopted.

He therefore repaired, in 1690, to an academy taught by Mr. Rowe, where he had for his companions and fellow-students Mr. Hughes the poet, and Dr. Horte, after. wards archbishop of Tuam. Some Latin Essays, supposed to have been written as ex. ercises at this academy, show a degree of knowledge, both philosophical and theologi. cal, such as very few attain by a much longer course of study.

He was, as he hints in his Miscellanies, a maker of verses from fifteen to fifty, and in his youth he appears to have paid attention to Latin poetry. His verses to his brother, in the glyconic measure, written when he was seventeen, are remarkably easy and elegant Some of his other odes are deformed by the Pindaric folly then prevailing, and are written with such neglect of all metrical rules, as is without example among the ancients; but his diction, though perhaps not always exactly pure, has such copiousness and splendour, as shows that he was but a very little distance from excellence.

His method of study was to impress the contents of his books upon his memory by abridging them, and by interleaving them to amplify one system with supplements from another.

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