The Day of Judgment. A Poem. In two Books... The…

The Day of Judgment. A Poem. In two Books... The second Edition, corrected and enlarged... by OGILVIE, John.

~ The Day of Judgment. A Poem. In two Books... The second Edition, corrected and enlarged... London: Printed for G. Keith... 1759.

8vo (195 × 125 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [iii]–x, [2], 60; without the half-title; occasional staining in the margins; uncut in recent marbled boards.

Second edition—the first published in London—preceded by the rare Edinburgh edition of 1753 (8 copies in ESTC).

Ogilvie (1732–1813) wrote The Day of Judgment before he was seventeen, a curious choice of subject he himself admits for ‘early unexperienced youth’. Now, as ‘the result of riper years’, he has revised the poem, ‘correcting the florid, strengthening the languid, supplying the defective, [and] improving the sentimental’. The Advertisement here acknowledges the debt to Young.

Johnson ‘saw nothing’ in the poem, but Boswell thought it had ‘no inconsiderable share of merit’. ESTC locates 9 copies (Birmingham, BL, Trinity College Cambridge, NLS, Bodley, Huntington, UCLA, Kentucky, Yale).

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