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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...The Foundling, Hospital for Wit;" the other, "The Asylum, ' both published by Mr. Almon; and we recollect to have perused several of them with pleasure. Four poems, written by his lordship, were published in 1773, in a quarto edition; the first of these consisted of an ode on the death of X a Mr. Mr. Gray; the second and third, of verses destmed for the monument of a favourite spaniel; and the fourth, of a translation from Dante, one of the earliest and most obscure of the Italian poets. In 1801 appeared a splendid edition, .from the press of Bulmer, of " the Tragedies and Poems of Frederick Earl of Carlisle, Knight of the Garter," &c a copy of which now lies open before us; and on this occasior we shall invert the usual order, and speak of the first last. The " Ode on-the death of Gray" appears to have been written in 1771, at a period when the noble author had scarcely attained his twenty-third year, and contains a recapitulation of all the works of that rapture breathing bard; such as his " Elegy.in a Country Church-yard; the Bard, a Pindaric Ode; the Progress of Poetry; Ode on a distant Prospect of Eton College; and Hymn to Adversity." On this occasion the youthful poet has endeavoured at once to commemorate the merits of the author, and also, ia some measure, to imitate his numbers. I. "What spirit's that which mounts on highy Borne on the arms of every tuneful Muse? His white robes flutter to the gale: They wing their way to yonder opening sky; In glorious state through yielding clouds they sail, And scents of heav'nly flowers on earth diffuse. II. What avails the Poet's art? What avails his magic hand? Can he arrest Death's pointed dart, Or charm to sleep his murderou band? Well Well 1 know...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236643763
  • 9781236643766