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TO

JOHN AIKIN, M. D.

,

ON HIS VOLUME OF

VOCAL POETRY: ..

AND ON HIS

« ESSAYS ON SONG-WRITING;

WITH A COLLECTION OF SUCH

ENGLISH SONGS

AS ARE MOST

EMINENT FOR POETICAL MERIT."

Published originally by himself in the year 1772; and re-published

by R. H. Evans, in the year 1810.

BY JAMES PLUMPTRE, B.D.

FELLOW OF CLARE-HALL, CAMBRIDGE.
.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED
A COLLECTION OF SONGS
REVISED AND ALTERED BY THE EDITOR;

WITH SOME
ORIGINAL SONGS.

To sway the judgment, while he sooths the ear;
To curb mad passion in its wild career;
To wake by sober touch the useful lyre,
And rule, with reason's rigour, fancy's fire:
Be this the Poet's praise.

MASON'S MUSÆUS.

CAMBRIDGE:

PRINTED BY F. HUDSON,
AND SOLD BY F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON, NO. 62, st. PAUL'S
CHURCH-YARD, LONDON; AND J. DEIGHTON, AND

J. NICHOLSON, CAMBRIDGE.

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LETTER III.

ON MORAL AND MISCELLANEOUS SONGS.

The subjects of Moral Songs, p. 93. The Epicurean System

of etbics, 94. Review of the Moral and Miscellaneous

Songs in Vocal Poetry, 99. Some remarks on a work called

Poetry for Children, 104. Note.

MORAL AND MISCELLANEOUS SONGS.

Page.

1. Virtue

II. Justice

III. Adversity

IV. Disappointment

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