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To the Rev.John Newton, Jan. 13, 1787. Inscription

for Mr. Unwin's tomb; government of Providence in

his poetical labours

243

To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 18, 1787. Suspension of his

translation by fever; his sentiments respecting dreams ;

visit of Mr. Rose

246

To Samuel Rose, Esq., July 24, 1787. On Burns' poems 248

Remarks on Burns and his poetry

249

Passages from his poems

251

To Samuel Rose, Esq., Aug. 27, 1787. Invitation to

Weston; state of Cowper's health ; remarks on Bar-

clay's “ Argenis,” and on Burns

253

To Lady Hesketh, August 30, 1787. Improvement in

his health ; kindness of the Throckmortons

255

To the same, Sept. 4, 1787. Delay of her coming ; Mrs.

Throckmorton's uncle; books read by Cowper

257

To the same, Sept. 15, 1787. His meeting with her

friend, Miss J—-; new gravel-walk

. 258

To the same, Sept. 29, 1787. Remarks on the relative

situation of Russia and Turkey

259

To the Rev. John Newton, Oct. 2, 1787. Cowper con-

fesses that for thirteen years he doubted Mr. N.'s

identity; acknowledgments for the kind offers of the

Newtons; preparations for Lady Hesketh's coming 261

To Samuel Rose, Esq., Oct. 19, 1787. State of his

health; strength of local attachments

263

To the Rev. John Newton, Oct. 20, 1787. His miserable

state during his recent indisposition; petition to Lord

Dartmouth in behalf of the Rev. Mr. Postlethwaite 26.5

To Lady Hesketh, Nov. 10, 1787. On the delay of her

coming; Cowper's kitten; changes of weather foretold

by a leech

267

To Joseph Hill, Esq., Nov. 16, 1787.

On his own pre-

sent occupation

269

To Lady Hesketh, Nov. 27, 1787. Walks and scenes

about Weston; application from a parish clerk for a

copy of verses ; papers in “ The Lounger;" anecdote

of a beggar and vermicelli soup

269

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To Lady Hesketh, Dec. 4, 1787. Character of the

Throckmortons

272

To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Dec. 6, 1787. Visit to Mr.

B.'s sister at Chichely; Bishop Bagot; a case of ridi.

culous distress

274

To Lady Hesketh, Dec. 10, 1787. Progress of his

Homer; changes in life

276

To Samuel Rose, Esq., Dec. 13, 1787. Requisites in a

translator of Homer

278

To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 1, 1788. Extraordinary coinci-

dence between a piece of his own and one of Mr.

Merry's; “ The Poet's New Year's Gift;" compulsory

inoculation for small-pox

280

To the Rev. Walter Bagot, Jan, 5, 1788. Translation

of the commencing lines of the Iliad, by Lord

Bagot; revisal of Cowper's translation ; the clerk's

283

To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 19, 1788. His engagement with

Homer prevents the production of occasional poems;

remarks on a new print of Bunbury's

285

To the Rev. John Newton, Jan. 21, 1788. Reasons for

not writing to him; expected arrival of the Rev. Mr.

Bean; changes of neighbouring ministers; narrow

escape of Mrs. Unwin from being burned

288

To Lady Hesketh, Jan. 30, 1788. His anxiety on ac-

count of her silence.

291

To the same, Feb. 1, 1788. Excuse for his melancholy;

his Homer ; visit from Mr. Greatheed

292

Causes of Cowper's correspondence with Mrs. King 294

To Mrs. King, Feb. 12, 1788. Reference to his de-

ceased brother; he ascribes the effect produced by his

295

To Samuel Rose, Esq., Feb. 14, 1788. A sense of the

value of time the best security for its improvement;

Mr. C-; brevity of human life illustrated by Homer 297

Commencement of the efforts for the abolition of the

slave trade.

299

To Lady Hesketh, Feb. 16, 1788. On negro slavery ;

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THE

LIFE OF COWPER.

Part the Second Continued.

The completion of the second volume of Cowper's poems formed an important period in his literary history. It was the era of the establishment of his poetical fame. His first volume had already laid the foundation; the second raised the superstructure, which has secured for him à reputation as honourable as it is likely to be lasting. He was more particularly indebted for this distinction to his inimitable production, “ The Task," a work which every succeeding year has increasingly stamped with the seal of public approbation. If we inquire into the causes of its celebrity, they are to be found not merely in the multitude of poetical beauties, scattered throughout the poem ; it is the faithful delineation of nature and of the scenes of real life; it is the vein of

pure

and elevated morality, the exquisite sensibility of feeling, and the powerful appeals to the heart and conscience, which constitute its great charm

VOL. III.

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