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Entered, according to this Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by


in the Clerk's Othce of the District Court of the United States, for the Eastern

District of Pennsylvania.

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On presenting to the public this DICTIONARY OF POETICAL QUOTATIONS, the only COMPLETE work of the kind in the English language, the best preface will be its history.

About twenty years ago the plan was originated by John F. Addington, an Englishman, then residing in this city; but he devoted his attention almost exclusively to the old British Bards. His labours were valuable, still the work was incomplete; the modern writers of poetry, both English and American, with a few exceptions in favour of the former, were wholly omitted. Then his selections were not always in accordance with the present standard of public taste. The old dramatic poets wrote according to their light, which was often reflected through a foul medium, and revealed much that is now considered, and justly, too, as coarse and indelicate. The text of Mr. Addington's selections required revision; still, he deserves much credit for his perseverance and research, and the study he devoted “to rescue from the reckless tooth of time some of the finest thoughts and most vivid images of the ancient fathers of English poetry.” His selections from Shakspeare were copious; and also from Byron, the only modern poet that he much favoured.

To the present Editor was committed the task of revising the original work, and adding thereto selections from the modern British and American poets. This required the examination of a multitude of volumes, and much care and study, in order to exhibit, as far as possible, the characteristic excellence of each author. A difficult and delicate task it is to select from living poets, especially when there are so many! The index shows an array of over four hundred authors ; thus, at a glance, may be seen how wide has been the field of research.

Besides the new quotations introduced under every head, quite a number of new subjects have been added, making the plan complete, and furnishing a Manual of Poetical Extracts, alphabetically arranged, which will serve to interpret every passion, emotion, and feeling of the human soul. Here, also, every condition and pursuit of life may find its motto or character, and the beauties of Nature and Art their truest description. In short, the book is a precious casket, where the most perfect gems of Genius the AngloSaxon literature has preserved for the last three hundred years are garnered. The chronological order of the quotations is preserved, and thus the curious reader may trace the progressive improvements of the one language, forming now the bond of union between two great nations, whose children of song are here, for the first time, united. In the American portion, the striking characteristics of the poetry are devotion to nature, patriotism, and deep religious sentiment. This sentiment it is which makes poetry so popular in our country; and while the work now submitted contains such treasures of holy and beautiful thoughts as no other collection of poetry can show, the Editor and Publishers flatter themselves its merits will ensure it a welcome reception. PHILADELPHIA, January, 1850.

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Addison, Joseph
Akenside. Mark
Aleyn, Charles
Armstrong, John
Bailey, Philip J.
Baillie, Miss Joanna
Bancroft, John
Barbauld, Mrs. Anna Letitia
Baron, Robert
Barrett, Miss Elizabeth B.
Barry, Ludovick
Barton, Bernard
Bayley, Thomas Haynes
Beattie, James
Beaumont, Sir John
Behn, Mrs. Aphra
Belloe, William
Blacklock, Dr. Thomas
Blackmore, Sir Richard
Blair, Robert
Bloomfield, Robert
Bowles, William Lislo
Bowsing, Dr.
Brandon, Samuel
Brewer, Anthony
Brome, Alexander
Brome, Richard
Brooke, Henry Beller
Brooke, Lord
Browne, William
Browning. Robert

Sir Edgerton
Buckingham, Duke of

Sir Edward Lytton
Bums, Robert
Butler, Mrs. Frances Kemble
Butler, Samuel
Byron, George, Lord
Campbell, Thomas
Carew, Lady
Carew, Thomas
Cartwright, William
Chamberlaine, Robert
Chapman, George
Chandler, Mary
Churchill, Charles
Cibber, Colley
Cleaveland, John
Coleridge. Samuel Taylor
Collins, William
Colton, c. c.
Congreve, William
Cook, Miss Eliza
Cooke, Thomas
Corbel, Richard
Colton, Charles
Cowley, Abraham
Cowper, William
Crabbe, George
Croley, George F.
Crown, John
Cumberland, Richard
Cunningham, Allan
Daniel, Samuel
Darcy, Sir Patrick
Darwin, Dr. Erasmus
Dauborne, Robert
Davenant, Sir William
Davenport, Sir Christopher
Davis, Sir John
Day, John
Decker, Thomas
Denham, Sir John
Dennis, John
Donne, Dr. John
Dow, Alexander
Drayton, Michael
Drummond, George Hay
Dryden, John
Duncome, William
Dyer, John
Elliott, Ebenezer
Etherege, Sir George
Faber, F. W.
Falconer, William
Falkland, Lord
Fane, Sir Francis
Fawkes, Francis
Fenton, Elijah
Fielding, Henry
Fleknoe, Richard
Fletcher, John
Ford, John
Forster, Dr.
Fountain, John
Franklin, Dr. Thomas
Francis, Sir Philip
Freeman, Sir Ralph
Frowde, Philip
Garth, Sir Samuel
Gascoigne George
Gay John

Gifford, William
Parnell, Thomas

Colton, Walter
Glover, Richard
Patterson, James

Cooke, Philip P
Gofle, William
Pattison, William

Coxe, Arthur Cleaveland
Goldsmith, Oliver
Peter, William

Cranch, C. P.
Gomersal, Robert
Philips, Ambruse

Dana, Richard H.
Grahame, James
Philips, John

Davidson, Miss Lucretia M.
Gray, Thomas
Pollock, Robert

Davidson Miss Margaret M.
Green, Robert
Pomfret, John

Dawes, Rufus
Habbington, William
Pope, Alexander

Dinnies, Mrs. Anna Peyre
Hall, John
Porteus, Dr. Beilby

Doane, George Washington
Hammond, Anthony
Powell, George

Drake, Joseph Rodman
Hastings, Lady Flora
Praed, Winthrop M.

Duganne, A. J. H.
Hawkins, Sir John
Proctor, Bryan Waller

Dwight, Timothy
Hayley, William
Quarles, Francis

Eames, Mrs. Elizabeth J.
Havard, William
Raleigh, Sir Walter

Eastburn, James Wallis
Haywood, Mrs. Elizabeth Randolph, Thomas

Ellet, Mrs. Elizabeth F.
Heath, Robert
Rawlins, Thomas

Embury, Mrs. Emma C.
Heber, Reginald
Richards, Nathaniel

Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Hemans, Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Rider, William

Everest, C. W.
Herbert, George
Robinson, Mrs. Mary

Everett, Edward
Herbert, William
Rochester, Earl of

Fields, James T.
Herrick, Robert
Rogers, Samuel

Franklin, Dr. Benjamin
Hervey, Thomas K.
Roscommon, Earl of

Frisbie, Levi
Heywood, John
Rowe, Nicholas

Fuller, Miss S. Margaret
Higgons, Bevil
Rowley, Samuel

Gallagher, William D.
Hill, Aaron
Rowley, William

Gilman, Mrs. Caroline
Hill, George
Russell, Lord John

Gould, Miss Hannah F.
Hogg, Thomas
Rutter, Joseph

Gray, Thomas, Jr.
Holford, Mrs.
Sampson, Henry

Hale, Mrs. Sarah Josepha
Holland, Lord
Savage, Richard

Hall, Mrs. Louisa J.
Home, John
Scott, Sir Walter

Halleck, Fitz Greene
Hood, Thomas
Sewell, George

Hillhouse, James A.
Hopkins, Charles
Shadwell, Thomas

Hirst, Henry B.
Howard, Sir Robert
Shakspeare, William

Hoffman, Charles Fenno
Howell, James
Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Holmes, Dr. Oliver Wendell
Howitt, Mrs. Mary
Shenstone, William

Hooper, Miss Lucy
Hunt, Leigh

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley Hosmer, William C. H.
Hunt, Sir A.
Shirley, James

Howe, Mrs. Julia W.
Jeffreys, George
Sidney, Sir Philip

Hoyt, Ralph
Jephson, Robert
Smith, Horace

Humphreys, David
Jenyns, Soame
Smith, William

Judson, Mrs. Emily C.
Jewsbury, Miss Maria Jane Smollett, Dr. Tobias

Kinney, Mrs. Elizabeth C.
Johnson, Charles
Somerville, William

Leggett, William
Johnson, Dr. Samuel
Southern, Thomas

Lewis, Mrs. Sarah Anna
Jones, Sir William
Southey, Mrs. Caroline

Longfellow, Henry Wordsworth
Jonson, Ben
Southey, Robert

Lowell, James Russell
Keats, John
Southwell, Robert

Lowell, Mrs. Maria
Kett, Henry
Spenser, Edmund

Lunt, George
Killegrew, Henry
Sterling John

Lynch, Miss Anne C.
King, Dr. Henry
Stillingfleet, Benjamin

Mathews, Cornelius
Knowles, James Sheridan Suckling, Sir John

May, Miss Caroline
Lamb, Charles
Swift, Dr. Jonathan

Mellen, Granville
Lamb, Hon. George

Talfourd, Thomas Noon Morris, George P.
Landon, Miss Letitia Elizabeth Tate, Nahum

Morris, Robert
Langhorne, Dr. John
Taylor, Henry

Mackellar, Thomas
Lansdown, George, La Granville Tennyson, Alfred

McLellan, Isaac
Lee, Nathaniel
Thomson, James

Neal, John
Lewis, Matthew Gregory Thompson, William

Neal, Mrs. J. C.
Lillo, George
Tickell, Thomas

Nichol, John
Lilly, John
Tighe, Mrs. Mary

Nichols, Mrs. R. S.
Llywelyn, Sion

Tonna, Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Noble, L. L.
Lodge, Dr. Thomas
Trapp, Joseph

Norton, Andrews
Lovelace, Richard

Tupper, Martin Farquhar Osgood, Mrs. Frances S.
Lyttleton, George, Lord
Vincent, William

Pabodie, William J.
Macaulay, Thomas Babington Waller, Edmund

Palmer, William Pitt
Macklin, Charles
Walton, Isaac

Parsons, Thomas W.
Madden, Dr. Samuel
Watkins, Roland

Patterson, Samuel D.
Mallet, David

Watts, Alaric A. Peabody, William B. o.
Manners, Lady
Webster, John

Percival, James Gates
Markham, Gervase
White, Henry Kirke

Pickering, Henry
Marlowe, Christopher
Whitehead, William

Pierpont, John
Marmyon, Sheckerly

Wilkie, William
Marsh, Narcissus

Pierson, Lydia Jane

On Pinckney, Edward C.

Wilkins, John
Marston, John

Wilson, Arthur
Martyn, John
Wolcot, Dr. John

Prentice, George D.
Marvel, Andrew
Wordsworth, William

Read, T. Buchanan
Mason, William
Young, Edward

Rockwell, J. O.
Massinger, Philip

Sands, Robert C.
Maturin, Charles Robert

AMERICAN Sargent, Epes
May, Thomas

Sargent, John O.
Mead, Robert
Adams, John Quincy

Sawyer, Mrs. Caroline M.
Middleton, Thomas
Aldrich, James

Sigourney. Mrs. Lydia H.
Miller, James
Allston, Washington

Simms, William Gilmore
Milman, Henry Hart
Barker, James N.

Smith, Mrs. Elizabeth Oakes
Milnes, Richard M.
Barlow, Joel

Sprague, Charles
Milton, John
Bates, David

Stoddard, Mrs. Lavinia
Montgomery, James
Benjamin, Park

Stoddard, R. H.
Montgomery, Robert

Bethune. George Washington Street, Alfred B
Moore, Thomas
Bird, Robert M.

Taylor, J. Bayard
More, Mrs. Hannah

Bogart, Miss Elizabeth Thomas, F. W.
Motherwell, William
Boker, Charles

Thomson, Charles West
Mottley, John
Brainard, J. G. C.

Tuckerman, Henry T.
Murphy, Arthur
Brooks, James G.

Very, Jones
Nabb, T.
Brooks, Mrs. Maria

Wallace, William
Nevil, Robert
Bryant, John H.

Ware, Henry, Jr.
Norton, Hon. Mrs. Caroline Bryant, William Cullen Ward, Thomas
Ogilvie, Dr. John
Burleigh, William H.

Welby, Mrs. Amelia B.
Oldham, John
Carey, Miss Alice

Whitman, Mrs. Sarah Helen
Oldmixon, John
Carey, Miss Phoebe

Whittier, John G.
Opie, Mrs. Amelia

Chandler, Mrs. Caroline H. Wilcox, Carlos
Orrery, Lord

Chandler, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Wilde, Richard Henry
Osborne, Francis
Clark, Willis Gaylord

Willis, Nathaniel Parker
Otway, Thomas
Clarke, Miss Sara J.

Woodworth, Samuel
Overbury, Sir Thomas Coe, Richard, Jr.

Worthington, Mrs. Jane T

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