Designs by Mr. R. Bentley, for six poems by Mr. T. Gray:
Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771., Bentley, R. (Richard), 1708-1782.
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EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS.

ODE on the SPRING.

FRONTISPIECE.
A Figure musing, &c. The ornaments allude to the chief sub|jects of the poems, as the altar, chaplet of flowers and rustic pipe, to this ode: a boy with a hobby-horse and a book, to that on Eton: a cat-Arion, or a cat with a lyre sitting on a dolphin's back, to that line on the death of a cat
No Dolphin came, no Nereid stirr'd:
a monkey with a violin and lawyer's wig, to my lord keeper Hatton's dancing, in the Long Story: a Roman sepulchral altar inscribed Diis Manibus Sacrum, with a spade and skull, to the elegy. The monkey painting, the lyre, the pen and crayon, are allusive to the poems and drawings.
HEADPIECE.]
The Graces and Zephyrs sporting.
INITIAL LETTER.]
Flowers.
TAILPIECE.]
A landscape with herds reposing.
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ODE on the Death of a Favourite CAT.

FRONTISPIECE.
THE cat standing on the brim of the tub, and endeavouring to catch a gold fish. Two cariatides of a river god stopping his ears to her cries, and Destiny cutting the nine threads of life, are on each side. Above, is a cat's head between two expiring lamps, and over that, two mouse-traps, between a mandarin-cat sitting before a Chinese pagoda, and angling for gold fish into a china jar; and another cat drawing up a net. At the bottom are mice enjoying themselves on the prospect of the cat's death; a lyre and pallet.
HEADPIECE.]
The cat almost drowned in the tub. A standish on a table to write her elegy. Two cats as mourners with hatbands and staves. Dead birds, mice and fish hung up on each side.
INITIAL LETTER.]
The cat, demurest of the tabby kind, dozing in an elbow chair.
TAILPIECE.]
Charon ferrying over the ghost of the deceased cat, who sets up her back on seeing Cerberus on the shore.

ODE on the distant Prospect of ETON.

FRONTISPIECE.
BOYS at their sports, near the chapel of Eton, the god of the Thames sitting by: the passions, misfortunes, and diseases, coming down upon them. On either side, terms representing Jealousy and Madness. Above is a head of Folly: beneath, are play-things intermixed with thorns, a sword, a serpent and a scorpion.
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Science adoring the shade of Henry VIth. Two angels bearing shields inscribed with that king's name support a Gothic building, in allusion to his foundations at Eton and Cambridge.
INITIAL LETTER.]
Part of Windsor-castle.
TAILPIECE.]
Two boys drest in watermen's cloaths, row|ing another. A view of Eton college at a distance.

THE LONG STORY.

FRONTISPIECE.
THE Muses conveying the Poet under their hoops to a small closet in the garden. Fame in the shape of Mr. P_… is flying before; and after him the two female warriors, as de|scribed in the verses. On one side is my lord keeper Hatton dancing; and among the ornaments are the heads of the Pope and queen Elizabeth nodding at one another; behind him is a papal bull, a phial of sublimate, a dagger and a crucifix; behind her the cannon called queen Elizabeth's pocket-pistol.
HEADPIECE.]
A view of the house which formerly belonged to the earls of Huntingdon and lord keeper Hatton.
INITIAL LETTER.]
A coronet, fan, muff and tippet, in the manner of Hollar.
TAILPIECE.]
Ghosts of ancient ladies and old maids, peeping over the gallery.
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HYMN to ADVERSITY.

FRONTISPIECE.
JUPITER delivering infant Virtue to Adversity to be educa|ted. Minerva and Hercules on each side.
HEADPIECE.]
Adversity disturbing the Orgies of Folly, Noise and Laughter.
INITIAL LETTER.]
A Gorgon's head, and instruments of punishment.
TAILPIECE.]
Melancholy.

ELEGY Written in a Country Church-yard.

FRONTISPIECE.
A Gothic gateway in ruins with the emblems of nobility on one side; on the other, the implements and employments of the Poor. Thro' the arch appears a church-yard and village-church built out of the remains of an abbey. A countryman showing an epitaph to a passenger.
HEADPIECE.]
Country-labours.
INITIAL LETTER.]
An owl disturbed and flying from a ruinous tower.
TAILPIECE.]
A country burial. At bottom, a torch fallen into an ancient vault.