1 In an age like the present, wherein the study of Poetry is so much cultivated and encouraged; many poetical performances, whose merit might entitle them to a longer remembrance than fugitive pieces usually meet with, are daily thrown upon the public, and left to perish in oblivion. To select these from the trifling productions of the day has frequently been esteemed an employment, not unworthy the attention of our most eminent authors; and the favourable reception the late Mr. Robert Dodsley's elegant Collection of Poems has obtained from the public, is a sufficient motive to encourage a continuation of that deservedly esteemed Miscellany. Some attempts of this kind have been already made, but none with success enough to render the present undertaking useless or unnecessary. Seventeen years are now elapsed since the last volumes of that work were published, during which period many pieces haave made their appearance, which are not inferior to the best preserved in that Miscellany. To confirm the truth of this assertion, the Editor has only to appeal to the following Collection, which is compiled from the best productions published within that time, with the addition of others, which seem to have escaped Mr. Dodsley's researches, and several original Poems, with which the Editor has been favoured by gentlemen, whose names are sufficient to give reputation to any Collection. On the first publication of the present selection, the Editor submitted to the determination of the public, how far it was entitled to their protection; and from the sale of two numerous impressions, he has been induced to make such alterations in the present as he trusts will render it still more worthy their favour. He flatters himself, that he has not suffered private friendship to obtrude any piece into this Collection, which is unworthy of the rest; and great care has been taken to prevent the insertion of any performance, which has not been approved by gentlemen of distinguished reputation; but as he is sensible, that the taste of persons is very different, he expects not, after all, that every piece will meet with equal applause, being convinced of the truth of Mr. Dodsley's observation, "That it is impossible to furnish out an entertainment of this nature, where every part shall be relished by every guest."