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The PennSound Anthology of Restoration and 18th-Century Verse

edited and performed by John Richetti


This special project is part of PennSound Classics.

  1. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, “The Imperfect Enjoyment” (4:26): MP3

  2. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, “The Disabled Debauchee” (2:50): MP3

  3. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, “Song” (0:52): MP3

  4. Aphra Behn, “The Disappointment” (6:36): MP3

  5. Sarah Fyge Egerton, “To One who said I must not Love” (1703) (2:45): MP3

  6. Anne Finch, “A Nocturnal Reverie”  (1713) (3:06): MP3

  7. Daniel Defoe, “The True Born Englishman” (1700), Part I (23:08): MP3

  8. George Berkeley, “Verses on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America” (1726) (1:35): MP3

  9. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, “The Lover: A Ballad” (1747) (3:06): MP3

  10. Thomas Parnell, “An Elegy, To an Old Beauty” (1722) (4:00): MP3

  11. John Gay, from “Trivia: Or The Art of Walking the Streets of London,” Book II (1713) (12:22): MP3

  12. Samuel Johnson, “The Vanity of Human Wishes” (1749) (21:47): MP3

  13. Samuel Johnson, “On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet”  (1782) (1:52): MP3

  14. Sameul Johnson, “To Sir John Lade, on His Coming of Age” (1:21): MP3

  15. Thomas Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard” (1751) (7:30): MP3

  16. Thomas Gray, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College”  (1753) (4:27): MP3

  17. Thomas Gray, “The Progress of Poesy. A Pindaric Ode.” (1768) (6:05): MP3

  18. Christopher Smart, “A Song to David” (1763) (21:27): MP3

  19. William Collins, “Ode to Evening” (1747) (2:47): MP3

  20. William Cowper, “The Cast-away” (1799) (2:55): MP3

  21. Oliver Goldsmith, “The Deserted Village” (1770) (25:43): MP3

  22. William Cowper, “The Task” (1785) (46:31): MP3




For more, listen to John Richetti readings the poems of Pope, Swift, and Dryden.

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These recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use. Those seeking commercial use should be in touch with John Richetti by writing pennsound [at] writing [dot] upenn [dot] edu. © 2009 These recordings are used with permission of John Richetti. Distributed by PennSound.