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For the Amusement and Inftru&tion of Youth of
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A NEW SELECTION
OF DIDACTIC, DESCRIPTIVE, PATHETIC, PLAINTIVE, AND PASTORAL POETRY, EXTRACTED FROM THE
WORKS OF THE LATEST AND MOST CE
LEBRATED POETS; SUCH AS
Hon. C. Fox,
By the Rev. JOHN ADAMS, A. M.
The Muse's office was by Hear'n design'd
LONDON: PRINTED FOR G. KEARSLEY, AT JOHNSON'S HEAD,
NO. 46, FLEET-STREET, 1789. Of whom may be had The FLOWERS of TravelLING, in two Volumes, price 6s; and The FLOWERS of. AnCIENT and Modern History, two Volumes, prica 6s. All selected by Mr. ADAMS.
Of the various kinds of literary composition, there
is hardly any, which has been, at all times, more cultivated, than that of Poetry. Poets have abounded in every age, in the rudest and simplest, as well as in the most polished and refined.
The first historians were poets; and Homer and Ossian, “ when the light of the song arose," recounted the virtues and exploits of their countrymen.
To expatiate on the delight and utility of Poetry would be superfluous. It is universally acknowledged, that
“ No writing lifts exalted man so high,
“ As facred, and soul-moving Poesy." What Shakespeare says of “ the man who has not music in his soul,” is equally applicable to the person, who has no relish for Poetry; that he is
# Fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils,
« And his affections dark as Erebus." The following selection is, in general, new, interesting, and entertaining. The greatest part of it is extracted from poetical productions of approved merit; and nothing is admitted, which has not a tendency, either to improve the taste of the young Reader, or to inspire sentiments of wisdom, virtue, and benevolence. An attentive perufal of this little work, it is hoped, cannot fail to inform the judgment, enliven the imagination, refine the affections, and meliorate the heart.