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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, Feb. 16, 1788. On negro slavery ;
poems to God
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
and elevated morality, the exquisite sensibility of feeling, and the powerful appeals to the heart and conscience, which constitute its great charm