Page images
PDF
EPUB

In 'he preparation and execution of this work, I trust I have not been un mindful of the great, the solemn responsibility that rests upon him who 19 preparing a book which may form the taste, direct the judgment, and mould the opinions of thousands of the rising generation; and I hope and pray that it may contain not one line, original or selected, which can have the least injurious effect upon a single mind; not one line which, “dying, I might wish to blot;"_but that, on the contrary, it may render good service to the cause of sound education; may exert, wherever read, a wholesome moral influence; and impress upon the minds of the young, principles essential to their well-being and happiness for time and for eternity-principles in harmony with everlasting truth.

CHARLES D. CLEVELAND. PHILADELPHIA, November 2, 1847.

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

Tuouou it is but ten months since the first edition of fifteen hundred copies of the “Compendium" was pablished, it is now exhausted. For the great favor with which it has been received, I am truly grateful, and have felt that I could return my thanks in no way more suitable than by endeavor. ing to make the second edition (now to be in a permanent form) as much better as my experience in the use of the first edition, further reading and research, and the suggestions of many literary friends would enable me to do. Accordingly, the present stereotyped edition will be found to be considerably enlarged, and I would hope materially improved. To state all the additions, however, would be impracticable in the limits of a preface. I must therefore confine myself to the most important.

First. There are in this edition, numerically, seventy-six more pages than in the first; but owing to a trifling enlargement of the page, and to the notes being printed in a smaller type, there are, at least, one hundred and fifty more pages of the same size and type as the first edition. Yet for all this, no advance in the price is contemplated by the publishers.

Second. Thirty-five new authors have been added; they are the following John Gower, James I. of Scotland, John Still, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Thomas Ove.bury, Francis Beaumont, Lady Elizabeth Carey, Jolin Fletcher, John Donne, Michael Drayton, George Herbert, Gervase Markham, William Habington, Richard Lovelace, Catherine Philips, Sir William Davenant, Marga ret Duchess of Newcastle, Edward Hyde Earl of Clarendon, Owen Felltham, Roburt Leighton, Anne Killegrew, Henry Vaughan, Anne Finch, Esther Vanhomrigh, George Sewell, John Arbuthnot, Elizabeth Rowe, Thomas Yalden Elizabeth Tollet, Lady Montagu Catherine Taibo, 17 orras Chatterton, Tobia Smolle, Mrs. Greville, William Pitt Earl of Chatham. :

Third. Many new selections will be found from the prose writings of the poets given in the first edition from Chaucer, Wyatt, Southwell, Spenser, Sandys, Gay, Gray, Cowper, and Sir Williain Iones. These, with the prose selections from other poets previoislý given; wdl folly substantiate the remark of Sir Egerton Brydges, that cur bespcets will be found trı have qually excelled in prose.

Fourth. Many more specimens of the English female mind will be found in this edition. The reader, however, must bear in mind that the most dis. tinguished female writers of England have been during the present century, into which it was not my purpose to enter.

Fifth. This edition will be found to be enriched also with many more specimens of epistolary correspondence-not only the most interesting porbons of an author's writings, as they show us more plainly the workings of his heart; but the most permanently valuable, serving as models in that branch of literature with which every one must, more or less, be practically conversant. The letters of Wyatı, Temple, Gay, Gray, Pope, Montagu, Jones, and Cowper, will, I am sure, be considered as adding much to the value of the “Compendium."

The changes that have been made in a few of the authors were not made without substantial reasons, which I think it proper concisely to state.—MORK. The previous account of the Utopia was too meagre to give a correct idea of it; and there were some points in the author's life that deserved to be brought out to do justice to his character.—Marlow. The beautiful song, “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love,” is now printed as found in Sir Egerton Brydges's elegant edition of Sir Walter Raleigh's Poems, which took the pains to procure, though but one hu red copies of it were printed. It is now, doubtless, correct; and who will not be struck with its superior beauty ?-SOUTHWELL. One of his poems I had to omit, to make room for some of his equally charming prose.-ENGLISH MINSTRELSI. The changing of the ballad of the “Demon Lover,” for the longer and far richer one of “ Sir Patrick Spens,” every one must deem an improvement.--TransLATION OF THE BIBLE. The account of the most important versions of the Bible is now given, chronologically arranged, with some additional remarks on the value of our present version.-SHAKSPEARE. “Othello's Defence," being more common, is left out for two choice extracts that are less known.-SIR WALTER RALEIGH. More change has been made in this author than in any other, as I was able to procure a copy of Sir E. Brydges's edition of his works. “The Nymph's Reply” is now printed correctly, and every one must see its greater beauty. The “Soul's Errand” is given to him for reasons stated in the note under the piece.-Ben Jonson. An additional piece of poetry and of prose.-GEORGE SANDIS. An extract from the Preface to his travels.-CRASHAW. A portion of his spirited version of the twenty-third Psalm.-JEREMY Taylor. Instead of the “ Ephesian Woman,” will be found those most instructive remarks, “ What is Life ?"-Milton. Considerable change will be found in this author. I was very desirous to give one of his poetical pieces entire, and selected his “ Lycidas," which, of all his minor pieces, ranks next in merit to “Comus.” This obliged me to throw out the extracts from “ L'Allegro," and " Il Penseroso," and two extracts from “ Paradise Lost.” I regretted the loss of these the less, as they are more generally known. I also added two extracts from “ Paradise Regained," and another of his exquisite " Sonnets.” The extracts, also, from Dr. Symmons's and from Sir E. Brydges's Life of this greatest of great men,” will be deemed choice additions.-ANDREW MARVELL. His “Song of the Emigrants" is now printed from the best edition of his works: the alterations, though trifling in nurnber, are certainly for the better.-SAMUEL BUTLER. This was one author fruin whom I thought I could take two pages, without much loss.-Walton. The additions from this author will, I am sure, be considered an improvement. DRIDEN. Instead of the “Character of Shaftesbury," the reader will fiud the beautiful - Ode to the Memory of Mrs. Anne Killegrew," and an addr tional extract from his prose works: his remarks on Spenser and Miior. I have left out, as they are hardly worthy of his genius. ADDisos. To the extracts from this author I have added two papers on Sir Roger de Coverley, and a portion of his poetical Epistle to Lord Halifax. I left out the two hymns, beginning, “When all thy mercies, O my God," and, " How are thy servants blest, O Lord,” because it is very doubtful whether he wrote them. Addison introduces them in the Spectator, as if they were the production of another; and the editor of Andrew Marvell's works, Edward Thompson, makes it appear very probable that they were written by his author, as they were found among his manuscripts in his hand-writing, with some variations, Gay. His letter on the “ Village Lovers" is a gem.-Swift. His satire on “Transubstantiation” is omitted for two reasons: the subject is too sacred for such a weapon, and the doctrine too absurd for refutation. Instead of this, the reader will find a still more humorous piece,—that on “ Partridge's Death."-Pope. The extracts from the “ Essay on Criticism," the “Essay on. Man," and his " Letter to Steele," additional; and the extracts from the “Rape of the Lock” better arranged.—Thomson. “ The Loves of the Birds," "A Summer Scene," "A Thunder-Shower," "The Springs of Rivers," and "A Man perishing in the Snows of Winter," additional.-BOLINGBROKE. “The Use of History,” additional.-Gray. His “ Ode on a (istant Prospect of Eton College,” the exquisitely beautiful “Song," and the four“ Letters," additional.-GOLDSMITA. The “Scenery of the Alps," and the “ History of a Poet's Gar den," take the place of “ Alcander and Septimius,” a rather unnatural story. BLACKSTONE. His remarks on “The Origin and Right of Property," omitted, as altogether too dry. Johnson. “Gayety and Good-Humor," " The Conver. sation of Authors," " Books and Tradition," « Prevention of Evil Habits," and " Parallel between Pope and Dryden,” additional.-LOWTA. His “ Remarks on the Sublimity of the Prophet Isaiah," who will not value ?-Jones. His beautiful letter on “ Milton's Residence," additional.-BURKE. " John Howard," " Sir Joshua Reynolds," " Rights of Man," “ Noisy Politicians,"• all addi. tional.-Junius. This author had rather more than his share before: I there. fore omitted two letters of less importance.-Cowper. “The Wounded Spirit Healed," " The Guilt of making Man Property," " The Diverting History of John Gilpin," and five letters, “ Cowper's Amusements," “ Writing upon Any Thing," "An Epistle in Rhyme," “ Expects Lady Hesketh, &c.,' Translation of Homer, &c.,' all additional.

Such are the most important additions and alterations which have been made in the second edition. But there is hardly an author that remains precisely as before. In almost every one, some additional notes will be found, and the number of verbal alterations is very great. This is owing to the fact that the second proof of this edition I have read very carefully with a most experienced and critical proof-reader, by the best original edition of each author, One would be surprised to see how many errors have crept into the various reprints. To give but two specimens: the fourth line of the “ Emigrants," of Marvell, reads in the common editions, “The listening wirds received

It should be "this song;' and then the song follows, and not in verses as usually printed. The last line but one of Cowper's eulogy on John Bunyan usually reads, “ And not with curses on his heart :" it should be

And not with curses on his art, who stole

The gem of truth from his unguarded sunt Numerous cases of a similar character might be cited; but I have already said quite enough of my own efforts to improve this edition: the Publishers, it will be seen, have done their part in a style of unusual beauty; so that, I believe, scarcely any book has been offered to the public at so moderate a price, if the amount of reading matter and the style of mechanical execu. tion be taken into view l'ATLADELPHIA, September 2, 1848.

C. DC

their song.

[ocr errors]

.

[ocr errors]

.

[ocr errors]

.

223 734 192 155 231 410 499 549 165 169 190 346

44 117 562 288

.

[ocr errors]

.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

396

ADDISON, JOSEPH AREXSIDE, MARK ARBUTUNOT, JOAN AscHAM, ROGER Bacon, Francis Вли воон, Јонх BARCLAY, ROBERT BARROW, ISAAC BAXTER, RICHARD BEAUMONT, Francis BENTLEY, RICHARD BERKELEY, GEORGE BIBLE, TRANSLATIONS OF BLACKSTOXE, WILLIAM BLAIR, ROBERT . BOLING BROKE, LORD Booth, BARTON BOYLE, ROBERT BROWNE, Tuomas Bursas, John BURKE, EDMUND . Burns, ROBERT BUTLER, JOSEPH BUTLER, SAMUEL Brrow, Joan CAREW, Thomas CAREY, ELIZABETH Caxtox, WILLIAM . CHATHAM, EARL OF CHATTERTON, THOMAS CHAUCER, GEOFFREY CHEKE, Joan. CHILLINGWORTH, WILLIAM . CLARENDON, EARL OF COLLINS, WILLIAM

374 | CowLEY, ABRAHAM 578 CowPER, William 419 Crashaw, RICHARD 74

DANIEL, SAMUEL . 159 DAVENANT, WILLIAM

25 De FoE, DANIEL . 324 DODDRIDOS, PHILIP . 278 | DODSLEY, ROBERT 332 Donne, Joun . 143 | DRAYTON, MICHAEL 429 DRUMMOND, William 510 DRYDEN, JOIN 118 Dunbar, WILLIAM . 645 ELIZABETH, QUEEN 465 FalconER, WILLIAM 494 FELLTHAM, OWEN 418 FINCH, ANNE . 328 | FLETCAER, GILES 298 FLETCHER, JOHN 317 FLETCHER, PANEAS 712 FULLER, THOMAS 700 GAY, John 504 GIBBON, EDWARD 292 GOLDSMITH, OLIVER 538 GOWER, John . 177 GRAY, Tuomas 154 GnEVILLE, Mrs.

42 GROVE, HENRY 639 Hallington, WILLIAM 570 HalE, MATTHEW. 26 | HALL, JOSEPH. 68 HAWKESWORTH, JOHN . 182 HERBERT, GEORGE 269 | HERRICK, ROBERT 516 | HEYWOOD, JOUX

.

.

[ocr errors]

.

158 143 195 207 414 688 618

34 585 672 124 197 274 199 609 175

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

213

70 684 422 400 121 494

.

.

.

.

180

.

.

401 127 546 529

.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

.

80 606 431

93

.

[ocr errors]

HOOKER, RICHARD
HOWARD, HENRY
HUME, David
HYDE, EDWARD
JAMES I. OF SCOTLAND .
Johnson, SAMUEL
'onzs, William.
'oxson, BEN
Iunius, LETTERS OF
KILLEGREW, ANNE .
King, WILLIAM
LATIMER, HUGH
LEIGHTON, Robert
LOCKE, JOAN
LOVELACE, RICHARD
Lowtu, ROBERT
MANDEVILLE, JOHN
MARGARET, DUCHESS OF NEw.

CASTLE
MARKHAM, GERVASE
MarlowE, CHRISTOPHER .
MARVELL, ANDREW
MJDDLETON, CONYERS
Milton, Joan
MinstrELSY, ENGLISH
MontagU, LADY MARY
MORE, THOMAS
NEWCASTLE, DUCHESS OF
OVERBURY, Thomas
PARNELL, THOMAR
Penn, WILLIAM
Philips, CATHERINE
Pitt, Vi'illiam
PopE, ALEXANDER
Prior, MATTHEW
QUARLES, Francis
RALEIGA, WALTER .
RICHARDSON, SAMUEL

104 | Robertson, William .

60 | Rows, ELIZABETU 635 Russell, RACHEL 269 SACKVILLE, THOMAS

38 St. Joun, HENRY 647 Sandys, GEORGE 695 | SEWELL,

GEORGE 172 SHAKSPEARE, WILLIAM 723 SHENSTONE, Will:AM 312 SHERLOCK, Tuomas . 541 SIDNEY, Philip

65 SMOLLET, Tobias 309 SOMERVILLE, WILLIAM 356 SPENSER, EDMUND 205 South, ROBERT 673 | SOUTHWELL, ROBERT 17 STEELE, RICHARD

STILL, Joun 236 SURREY, Earl of 179 Swift, JONATHAN

87 Talbot, CATHERINE 282 Taylor, JEREMY 489 | TEMPLE, WILLIAM 239 Thomson, JAMES 109 | TICKELL, Tuomas 532 | Tillotson, John

47 | TOLLET, ELIZABETH 236 Tyndale, WILLIAM 125 Vaughan, HENRY 366 | VANAOMNIGH, ESTHER 369 Waller, EDMUND 216 Walton, Isaac 639 WARTON,

Tном AS 450 Watts, Isaac 398 | Wiclif, JOHN 186 Wyatt, THOMAS 146 | Yalden, Tuomas 525 | Young, EDWARD

[ocr errors]

.

.

362

88 402 73 60 433 566 218 342 468 427 336 515

53 339 399 314 302 680 479 21

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]
[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]
« PreviousContinue »