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The design of this work is to furnish the general reader with ready access to those richer Poems of secondary length which are at present found only or chiefly in the entire works of their respective authors. While editions of the leading Poems of Milton, Thomson, and Young have been multiplied with endless profusion, not only have the once favourite productions of Prior, Shenstone, and other authors sunk into comparative neglect, but even the name of Thomson has scarcely transmitted to the present generation the knowledge of · The Castle of Indolence,' buried as it long has been in a mass of certainly inferior poetry. Collins and Gray, but more particularly Goldsmith, Beattie, and Burns, are indeed securely gliding down the stream of time, but the stately Dryden and the polished Pope have, till very lately, been laid aside. In connexion with the Choicest Productions of the more successful authors, it has been the object of this Work to do justice to those who have been neglected, by editions of their Principal Pieces, placing each of them in a prominent point of view,
yet adapting the whole to Chronological Arrangement. Of some authors there is but little omitted, of others very little (but that little of real excellence) selected. Larger portions are taken from Pope and Dryden ; and although the plan of an Anthology could neither with convenience nor propriety include the Seasons, and the Shipwreck, the Task, and the Table Talk, &c. of Cowper, the Night Thoughts, or Paradise Lost, editions uniformly corresponding with the Anthology will shortly be supplied, so that the collection may then be had either of single or of double extent (for the respective portions will each form eight volumes) at the option of the purchaser. According to this plan every thing that can be desired is attainable : those persons who prefer the AnthoLOGY alone can be accommodated; and those who wish the larger Poems to be added may have their wishes gratified in a complete POETICAL LIBRARY.