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him-Suggestion that the least ambitious Inquirers may be most free from error—The Pastor is desired to give some Portraits of the living or dead from his own observation of life among these Mountains—and for what purpose Pastor consents— Mountain cottage-Excellent qualities of its InhabitantsSolitary expresses his pleasure; but denies the praise of virtue to worth of this kind-Feelings of the Priest before he enters upon his account of Persons interred in the Church-yard—Graves of unbaptized Infants—What sensations they excite-Funereal and sepulchral Observances-WhenceEcclesiastical Establishments-Whence derived --Profession of Belief in the doctrine of Immortality.
THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS.
Poet's Address to the State and Church of England— The Pastor not inferior to
the ancient Worthies of the Church-He begins his Narratives with an Instance of unrequited love-Anguish of mind subdued-and how-The lonely Miner, an Instance of Perseverance, which leads by contrast to an Example of abused talents, irresolution, and weakness-Solitary, applying this covertly to his own case, asks for an Instance of some Stranger, whose dispositions may have led him to end his days here- Pastor, in answer, gives an account of the harmonizing influence of Solitude upon two Men of opposite principles, who had encountered agitations in public life—The Rule by which Peace may be obtained expressed—and where—Solitary hints at an overpowering Fatality~Answer of the Pastor—What subjects he will exclude from his Narratives—Conversation upon this—Instance of an unamiable Character, a Female--and why given-Contrasted with this, a meek Sufferer, from unguarded and betrayed Love~Instance of heavier guilt
and its consequences to the Offender-With this Instance of a Marriage Contract broken is contrasted one of a Widower, evidencing his faithful affection towards his deceased Wife by his care of their female Children-Second Marriage of a Widower prudential and happy.
THE CHURCH-YARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS,
Impression of these Narratives upon the Author's mind-Pastor invited to give
account of certain Graves that lie apart-Clergyman and his Family-Fortunate influence of change of situation-Activity in extreme old age Another Clergyman, a character of resolute Virtue-Lamentations over misdirected applause—Instance of less exalted excellence in a deaf Man-Elevated character of a blind Man-Reflection upon Blindness-Interrupted by a Peasant who passes—his animal cheerfulness and careless vivacity-He occasions a digression on the fall of beautiful and interesting Trees—A female Infant's Grave-Joy at her Birth-Sorrow at her Departure-A youthful Peasant-his påtriotic enthusiasm-distinguished qualities—and untimely Death—Exultation of the Wanderer, as a patriot, in this Picture-Solitary how affected-Monument of a Knight-Traditions concerning him-Peroration of Wanderer on the transitoriness of things and the revolutions of society-Hints at his own past Calling-Thanks the Pastor.
Pastor's apprehensions that he might have detained his Auditors too long-In
vitation to his House-Solitary disinclined to comply-rallies the Wanderer ; and somewhat playfully draws a comparison between his itinerant profession and that of the Knight-errant—which leads to Wanderer’s giving an account of changes in the Country from the manufacturing spirit-Favourable effects—The other side of the picture, and chiefly as it has affected the humbler classes-Wanderer asserts the hollowness of all national grandeur if unsupported by moral worth-gives Instances-Physical science unable to support itself—Lamentations over an excess of manufacturing industry among the humbler Classes of Society- Picture of a Child employed in a Cotton-mill-Ignorance and degradation of Children among the agricultural Population reviewed—Conversation broken off by a renewed Invitation from the Pastor-Path leading to his House-Its appearance described— His Daughter-His Wife-His Son (a Boy) enters with his Companion-Their happy appearance-The Wanderer how affected by the sight of them.
DISCOURSE OF THE WANDERER, &c.
Wanderer asserts that an active principle pervades the Universe-Its noblest
seat the human soul-How lively this principle is in Childhood-Hence the delight in old age of looking back upon childhood—The dignity, powers, and privileges of Age asserted—These not to be looked for generally but under a just government-Right of a human Creature to be exempt from being considered as a mere Instrument–Vicious inclinations are best kept under by giving good ones an opportunity to shew themselves—The condition of multitudes deplored from want of due respect to this truth on the part of their superiors in society-Former conversation recurred to, and the Wanderer's opinions set in a clearer light-Genuine principles of equalityTruth placed within reach of the humblest—Happy state of the two Boys again adverted to-Earnest wish expressed for a System of National Education established universally by Government-Glorious effects of this foretold -Wanderer breaks off—Walk to the Lake-embark—Description of scenery and amusements-Grand spectacle from the side of a hill-Address of Priest to the Supreme Being in the Course of which he contrasts with ancient Barbarism the present appearance of the scene before him—The change ascribed to Christianity-Apostrophe to his Flock, living and dead-Gratitude to the Almighty-Return over the Lake-Parting with the Solitary-Under what circumstances.
The Author will be particularly obliged to the reader if he will correct with his pen such of these errata as have an asterisk prefixed to them, as they render the sense unintelligible.
* Bottom of page 91, after “ mysterious awe" a full stop.
* P. 104, v. 1, for “ tube” read cube. And in next line, for “ Be lodged therein” read Lurk in its cells.
P. 112, v. 14, for “ unavengable" read unavengeable. * P. 149, four lines from the bottom, for “ Nor sleep, nor craving" read Nor rapt, nor craving. P. 156, v. 4. “ Where all the aspects of misery" read aspects. * P. 195, v. 6, after“ needs must feel" insert the following line:
The joy of that pure principle of love. * P. 215, v. 8, for “ aspiring views” read aspiring vows. Same page, v. 16,“ in my mind." for the full stop, a comma. P. 217, v. 13, for “ have preserved” read has preserved. P. 267, six lines from the bottom, “such haply here are laid.” for the full stop, an interrogation. P. 282, v. 9, for “ labourious” read laborious.