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The Collected Poems of Laurence Whyte
Though his name might not be familiar to many twenty-first century readers, Laurence Whyte (d.1753) is an important missing link in eighteenth-century Ireland’s literary and musical histories. A rural poet who established himself in Dublin as a teacher of mathematics and as an active member (and poetic chronicler) of the much admired and supported Charitable Musical Society, Whyte was a poet of considerable talent and dexterity, and his body of work yields a wealth of insight into the intersecting cultures of his time and place. Published in 1740 and 1742, Whyte’s writing, by turns humorous and poignant, insightful and nostalgic, straddled the worlds of Gaelic and Anglo-Irish, of the rural midlands and the capital, of Catholic and Protestant. Some of the dualities explored in his verse were present, to varying extents, in the work of Jonathan Swift and Oliver Goldsmith. In matters poetical, political and cultural, Whyte is an important, though as yet neglected and unstudied, figure. This edition, comprehensively introduced and annotated, retrieves him from that neglect.
University Press Copublishing Division / Bucknell University Press
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-1-61148-721-3 • Hardback • September 2016 •
978-1-61148-722-0 • eBook • September 2016 •
Poetry / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Criticism / Modern / 18th Century
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A Note on the Text
The Preface [to the original 1740/42 editions]
To Mr. Allan Ramsay, on the Author’s making him a Present of one of his Books.
AN ESSAY ON DUNNING.
DISSERTATION ON FASHIONS (Or a Poem Ala-mode).
THE PARTING CUP, Or, The HUMOURS of
Deoch an Doruis.
The Captain’s Retreat. A Tale in two Canto’s.
The Broken Mug. A Tale.
A Short View of
being a Sequel to the
Some Critical Annotations
on various Subjects, which have been handled by several Authors.
A Dissertation on
A POEM in Praise of
AN ELEGY on the much lamented Death of
The Hue and Cry after the Clieve-Boy,
The Inchantment. A Tale.
The Fatigues of a Faithful Curate
To the Rev. Dr.
Dean of St.
on the publishing of a new Edition of his Works in four Volumes
Daughters of the Honourable Captain
on the much Lamented Death of that Excellent Mathematician
On the much Lamented Death of Mr.
A Divine POEM on the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour
A POEM on
fortified according to Monsieur
To the Right Honourable
A Funeral ELEGY on the much lamented Death of
Lady Dutchess of
Patrick’s-Eve. Dublin, Friday March
on the Birth
of his first-born
Lamentation for the Death
An Occasional PROLOGUE to the
on the Nuptials of Min-heer
of Letter to Mr.
BURLESQUE upon MUSICK, Or a CURE for a SCOLD; together with a Recipe to drive away Rats and
Mice. By Dr.
On the Rise and Progress of the
Charitable and Musical Society
design’d for the
on the much lamented Death
of the Right Honourable
Apology for the Erratas
in his Book call’d
[Poems added in the second edition (1742)]
A Poem on
The general Effect and Excellency of Musick
FAMINE: A Poem.
PLENTY: A Poem.
of a bad
Some Yearly OBSERVATIONS on Astrologers.
A POETICAL Description of Mr.
Ready Wit as good as ready Money
Four different ALPHABETS in Verse to induce Children to
The seven Liberal Arts,
A Translation of the Motto to Cardinal Fleury’s Picture.
On the Emperor
To the Revd. Dr.—— on his going to reside in the Country.
The Character of an Honest Jolly Companion from the
To my much honoured, and well beloved Friend——on presenting him with two Large
one of the
and another of
Some Letters of Acknowledgment wrote by a Miss of eight Years old, to her
To all the Worthy Gentlemen who frequent
. The humble PETITION, of
On a Lawyer’s
On the Death of Sir Isaac Newton, Knight, and President of the
Faulkner’s Dublin Journal
, 17–20 April, 1742.
On Mr. Handel’s performance of his
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This is an excellent edition of an important poetic voice from the Ireland of Swift, Goldsmith and Sheridan: however, the volume is of interest also to those concerned with the Dublin print trade.... [O]ne can only welcome this edition, congratulate Bucknell University Press and Michael Griffin and hope that both will continue the valuable work of making available, in well-edited editions, the work of Ireland’s eighteenth-century poets.
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