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    UNIVERSITY

    OF

    N.C.

    AT

    CHAPEL

    HILL

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    Digitized

    by

    the Internet Archive

    in 2012

    with

    funding from

    University of North

    Carolina

    at

    Chapel

    Hil

    http://archive.org/details/poeticalworksofjbeat

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    THE

    ALDINE

    EDITION

    OF

    THE BRITISH

    POETS

    i

    r

    THE

    POEMS

    OF

    BEATTIE

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    4

    THE

    POETICAL

    WORKS

    OF

    JAMES

    BEATTIE^^FNOR^

    n

    lA

    LONDON

    GEORGE

    BELL

    &

    SONS,

    YORK

    STREET

    CO

    VENT GARDEN

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    CH1SWICK

    PRESS

    .—

    C.

    WHITTINGHAM

    AND

    CO.,

    TOOKS

    COURT,

    CHANCERY

    LANE.

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    CONTENTS.

    Page

    (EMOTR of

    Beattie,

    by

    the Rev.

    Alexander

    Dyce i

    The

    Minstrel

    ;

    or, the Progress of Genius,

    Book 1

    7

    The

    Minstrel

    ;

    or,

    the

    Progress

    of

    Genius,

    Book

    II

    35

    Retirement

    62

    Elegy

    written

    in

    the

    year

    1758

    65

    Ode  to

    Hope

    68

    Ode on

    Lord

    Hay's

    birthday

    73

    The

    battle

    of

    the Pigmies

    and

    Cranes, from

    the

    Pyg-

    mseo-gerano-machia

    of

    Addison

    77

    The

    Hares,

    a Fable

    85

    Epitaph

    ;

    being

    part

    of

    an

    inscription designed

    for

    a

    monument

    erected

    by

    a

    Gentleman

    to

    the

    memory

    of his

    Lady

    93

    The

    Hermit

    94

    PIECES

    REJECTED BY

    THE

    AUTHOR FROM

    THE

    LATER

    EDITIONS

    OP

    HIS

    POEMS.

    The

    Judgment

    of Paris

    99

    Ode

    to Peace

    122

    The

    triumph

    of

    Melancholy

    129

    Elegy

    138

    Elegy 140

    The

    Wolf

    and

    Shepherds 143

    On

    the report of

    a monument to

    be

    erected in West-

    minster Abbey,

    to

    the

    memory

    of

    a

    late author

    .

    . 148

    Song,

    in imitation of Shakespeare's

    'Blow,

    blow,

    thou

    winter wind'

    156

    Epitaph

    on

    two

    young

    men

    of

    the

    name

    of

    Leitch,

    who

    were drowned

    in

    crossing

    the River

    Southesk,

    1757

    157

    Epitaph

    intended for himself

    158

    ^

    A

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    VI

    CONTENTS.

    Page

    Verses

    written

    by

    Mr.

    Blacklock,

    on

    a

    blank

    leaf

    of

    his

    poems,

    sent

    to

    the

    author

    159

    An

    epistle

    to the Rev. Mr. Thomas

    Blacklock

    .

    • •

    160

    To

    the

    Rt.

    Hon. Lady

    Charlotte

    Gordon,

    dressed

    in

    a

    tartan

    Scotch

    bonnet,

    with

    plumes

    169

    Anacreon, Ode

    XXII

    170

    The

    beginning

    of the first book

    of

    Lucretius

    .

    . . .

    170

    Horace,

    Book II. Ode

    X

    173

    Book

    III.

    Ode

    XIII

    174

    Virgil,

    Pastoral

    1

    176

    II 183

    III

    188

    IV

    198

    V

    203

    VI 210

    VII

    215

    VIII 221

    IX

    228

    X

    234

    Epitaph

    for

    a

    Sheriffs

    messenger,

    written

    and

    published

    at

    the

    particular desire of the person

    for

    whom

    it is

    intended

    239

    To

    Mr.

    Alexander Ross,

    at

    Lochlee,

    author

    of

    '

    The

    Fortunate

    Shepherdess,'

    and

    other

    poems

    in

    the

    broad

    Scotch

    dialect

    240

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    MEMOIR

    OF

    BEATTIE.

    BY

    THE

    REV. ALEXANDER

    DYCE.

     

    Heard you

    that

    Hermit's

    strain from

    ,

    Scotia

    borne,

    '

    For

    virtue

    lost,

    and

    ruined

    man

    I mourn

    ?'

    Who

    may

    forget

    thee, Beattie

    ?

    who

    supply

    The

    tale

    half-

    told of

    Edwin's

    minstrelsy

    ?

    The

    Pursuits

    of

    Literature.

    I

    HE

    subject

    of

    this memoir

    was born

    on

    the

    25th

    of October,

    1735,

    at

    Laurencekirk,

    in

    the

    county

    of

    Kin-

    cardine, Scotland.

    His father,

    James

    Beattie, who

    kept

    a

    small

    shop in the

    village at

    the

    same

    time

    that he rented

    a

    little

    farm

    in

    the

    neighbourhood,

    was

    a

    man of

    considerable talents

    and

    acquirements

    :

    *

    his

    mother,

    too,

    was

    distin-

    guished for

    her abilities.

    Our

    author,

    James,

    *

     

    At

    his

    leisure hours

    he

    cultivated

    the

    muses. A

    jour-

    nal

    kept

    by

    him, as well as some specimens

    of

    his

    poetry,

    are

    still

    in

    the possession

    of

    his

    descendants.

    This

    last

    cir-

    cumstance

    is

    the

    more

    worthy

    of

    being

    noticed, as

    it

    proves

    that

    Dr.

    Beattie

    derived his poetical turn from

    his

    father.

    Bower's

    Life

    of

    Beattie,

    1804,

    p.

    2.

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    Vlll

    MEMOIR

    OF

    BEATTIE.

    was

    the

    youngest

    of

    the

    six

    children

    of

    this

    respec-

    table pair.

    After

    his father's decease, which

    happened

    when

    he

    was

    only

    seven

    years old, his

    mother,

    by means of

    the

    emoluments

    derived from

    the

    shop

    and the

    farm,

    was

    enabled

    to

    bring

    up

    her

    family

    in

    comfort.

    In

    the

    management of her

    affairs she was

    assisted by

    her

    eldest

    son,

    David,

    a

    youth

    of

    eighteen,

    who generously

    and

    affec-

    tionately

    relinquished

    all

    other pursuits for that

    of

    promoting

    her welfare

    and

    happiness,

    and

    who

    appears

    to have fostered his

    brothers

    and

    sisters

    with

    an

    almost parental care.

    James

    was

    placed

    at

    the

    parish school

    of

    Laurencekirk, which

    was

    then

    in

    some

    repute,

    and

    of

    which, about

    forty

    years

    before,

    Ruddiman,

    the

    famous grammarian,

    had

    been

    the master. At

    this

    time

    he had access

    to

    few

    books,

    except

    those

    which

    the

    minister of

    the

    village

    (the

    Rev. Mr.

    Thomson)

    kind